Volume 19 - Issue 2 - February 2006

Practice Builders »

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

By Lynn Homisak, PRT | 10434 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 | 10232 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 | 4006 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



Forum »

Revisiting My Stance On Ultrasound Machines

By John H. McCord, DPM | 4793 reads | 0 comments

   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



Editor's Perspective »

Embracing Change: A New Look For Podiatry Today

By Jeff Hall, Executive Editor | 2554 reads | 0 comments

   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



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