Volume 19 - Issue 2 - February 2006

News and Trends »

Can A New Brace Provide A Treatment Alternative For Ingrown Toenails?

By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor | 20307 reads | 0 comments

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

Diabetes Watch »

Assessing The Potential Of Nitric Oxide In The Diabetic Foot

By Paul J. Kim, DPM | 45557 reads | 0 comments

   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

Practice Builders »

The PMA Identity Crisis: Where Do We Go From Here?

By Lynn Homisak, PRT | 10582 reads | 0 comments

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

Orthotics Q&A »

Inside Insights On The Evolution Of Orthotic Therapy

Guest Clinical Editor: Douglas Richie Jr., DPM | 10383 reads | 0 comments

   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

Feature »

Ten Ways To Retain Top Staff

By Anthony Leone, Special Projects Editor | 4062 reads | 0 comments

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

New Products »

Bracing Patients For PTTD

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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

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