Volume 18 - Issue 12 - December 2005

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When A Complaint Causes Rising Anxiety

By John H. McCord, DPM | 3212 reads | 0 comments

   Two years ago, I finished a 10-year period as a member of my state podiatric medical licensing board. During that period, I frequently wondered what a podiatrist must feel when he or she receives a registered letter with a notification of a complaint to the board.

   Complaints against DPMs came from a variety of sources. Most were from disgruntled patients. Some came from other DPMs, especially when a partnership between two podiatrists breaks up. Some came from the board of pharmacy when a DPM was perceived to be over-prescribing narcotics or possibly Via



News and Trends »

CDC: Diabetes Prevalence Up 14 Percent In Two Years

By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor | 5787 reads | 0 comments

   The prevalence of diabetes in the United States has increased by 14 percent in the last two years, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report concludes that 20.8 million people in the U.S., 7 percent of the population, have the disease and 6.2 million of these people are undiagnosed. In 2003, an estimated 18.2 million people had diabetes, according to the CDC.

   Why the rapid rise in diabetes prevalence in just two years? The overall incidence of diabetes may be increasing due to declining diets and sed



Diabetes Watch »

A Guide To Emerging Antibiotics For Diabetic Foot Infections

By Mark Kosinski, DPM, and Warren Joseph, DPM | 53159 reads | 0 comments

   Many exciting antibiotics have either recently been approved, received a new FDA indication or will soon become available. Some are well known and have already been incorporated into clinical practice. Many are the first in their respective classes and have novel mechanisms of action. What place, if any, do these drugs have in the treatment of diabetic foot infections (DFIs)?

   That said, let us take a look at a number of newer as well as time-tested antibiotics and assess their efficacy for DFIs.

   • Linezolid (Zyvox, Pfizer) and q



Practice Builders »

Secrets To Ensuring The Growth Of Your Practice

By Steven Peltz, CHBC | 4204 reads | 0 comments

   Any practice goes through a number of stages. The “going into practice stage” begins when you make the decision to start your own practice and ends when your cash flow exceeds your expenses, and you begin to take home a paycheck that covers your living expenses.

   The third stage is the mature stage where the practice is utilizing between 80 and 100 percent of the time available for patient treatment, and the patient wait for an appointment is longer than two weeks.

   In between those two stages is the second stage, the growth stage.



Orthotics Q&A »

Pertinent Pearls On Orthotic Adjustments And Casting

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   Given the nuances of making adjustments to orthotic prescriptions, our expert panelists discuss their approaches in using adjustments such as first ray cutouts and metatarsal pads, and the tools necessary for making modifications. They also discuss which adjustments they will make themselves and which ones they will send out to an orthotics lab. Without further delay, here is what they had to say.

   Q: How do you incorporate footwear when determining appropriate orthotic prescriptions?

   A: Ideally, Howard Horowitz, DPM, says one s



Sports Medicine »

Inside Insights For Tackling Football Injuries

By Mark A. Caselli, DPM | 15063 reads | 0 comments

   Few would argue that football is one of the most popular sports in the United States. There are an estimated 1.5 million high school and junior high school players, and 75,000 college and university athletes who play the sport. Football also has one of the highest injury rates among high school sports. The number of football-related injuries is estimated at 600,000 per year.

   The care of football injuries occupies a unique place in sports medicine in the United States. Given the relatively small number of games in each season and the potential for college



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