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  • February 2006 | Volume 19 - Issue 2
    By John H. McCord, DPM
    4,927 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       I keep a one-eyed monster locked in the staff bathroom of my clinic. I am not afraid of the thing. There just is not another practical space to store it and I am kind of embarrassed about having it. It is a diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound machine.    Most DPMs would be proud to have this stylish symbol of high-tech medicine displayed where all could see it. I keep mine hidden because I am the guy who authored a very negative editorial about diagnostic ultrasound units in podiatry offices.    I encountered a bunch of salespeople at the... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Executive Editor
    2,634 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       Over the years, I have been accused of being resistant to change. I am not exactly sure why I have been branded with this label. Granted, the folks at the local Subway start making my sandwich when I walk in the door to grab lunch. Yes, I have gotten the same haircut since college and yes, I have only owned a cell phone for the past year.    Somewhat sensitive to these issues, our Art department started working on column redesigns in the magazine without telling me at first. Knowing how anal-retentive I am about word counts, Vic Geanopulos, our Creative Dire... continue reading
    A new study assesses the use of orthonyxia for treating ingrown toenails. Alexander Reyzelman, DPM, has used the procedure but does not recommend it for a patient with a paronychia as shown above. (Photo courtesy of Alexander Reyzelman, DPM)
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    20,579 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    While the matrixectomy is a common procedure of choice for ingrown toenails, researchers from Germany believe an orthonyxia procedure, delivered via a new brace, may be more effective in treating these toenails. In a study, which was recently published in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association (JAPMA), the researchers found that patients who wore the brace experienced reduced pain and a quicker return to work than those who underwent surgery. However, a couple of DPMs are skeptical. The recent study in JAPMA examined 41 patients with ingrown toenails. Twent... continue reading
    Having the patient take the dietary supplement Arginaid (a precursor to nitric oxide) twice a day helped to foster a significant progression of granulation tissue as shown above. (Photo courtesy of Denise Levy, DPM and John Steinberg, DPM)
    By Paul J. Kim, DPM
    46,171 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       Researchers have studied nitric oxide (NO) extensively for the past 40 years. However, there has been an increased interest within the past 15 years. In 1998, the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine was awarded to scientists who worked out the signaling mechanisms for NO in the human body.    Nitric oxide is an endogenous gas produced by cells with many diverse physiological effects. The substrate arginine is converted by the enzyme nitric oxide synthase (NOS) to citrulline with the liberation of NO (see “A Closer Look At Nitric Oxide Production” belo... continue reading
    Homisak says it is unnerving that the scope of practice for a PMA remains so ambiguous.
    By Lynn Homisak, PRT
    10,749 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Mention creating a legal scope of practice for the podiatric medical assistant (PMA) to a group of doctors and you will likely stir some opinions and controversy. Unfortunately, at this point, only opinions can frame the discussion. Without a written scope of practice, there is no standardization of what an assistant can and cannot do. There is only individual interpretation and this is usually based on personal experiences within one’s own office. Here is the only reality that we know to be true. Some individuals are hired to file charts, answer the phone and bring patients back to a trea... continue reading
    Pushing down on the first metatarsal during the negative casting process optimizes the position of the first ray and enables one to capture a valgus forefoot to rearfoot relationship. Douglas Richie Jr., DPM, notes a deterioration in the quality of impres
    Guest Clinical Editor: Douglas Richie Jr., DPM
    10,614 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       Over the last decade, there have been a variety of changes and trends that have shaped the evolution of orthotic therapy. Accordingly, our expert panelists discuss pertinent orthotic prescription trends. They also examine the importance of having a strong background in biomechanics and whether the podiatric profession is “giving away” its biomechanics expertise to non-podiatric physicians.    Q: What specific changes have you observed in the overall utilization of functional foot orthoses in the typical podiatric practice in the past 10 years? Are or... continue reading
    By Anthony Leone, Special Projects Editor
    4,174 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    It would have been devastating to his practice if it happened. She knew the operation of his office and losing someone like her would have sent his professional life into a tailspin. Hal Ornstein, DPM, said one of his office workers felt that she could not grow anymore in his office and was thinking about leaving. Dr. Ornstein had just the cure for her: more responsibility in a leadership role. “It would have been bad if I lost her,” he states. Finding quality staff is hard for many podiatrists but keeping them is even harder. Given the higher profile of podiatric medicine in recent year ... continue reading

    4,659 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    When treating patients for posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD), you may want to try a new brace. The AirLift PTTD Brace can provide arch support for patients with PTTD or for those with early symptoms of adult-acquired flatfoot, according to the device’s manufacturer, Aircast. The prefabricated brace features integrated aircells. When these aircells are inflated, they accommodate various arch shapes and heights, lifting the arch to achieve a more natural foot position, according to the company. The company notes the AirLift’s design allows patients to slip the foot into the ba... continue reading