Volume 19 - Issue 2 - February 2006

Feature »

Ten Ways To Retain Top Staff

By Anthony Leone, Special Projects Editor | 3808 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 | 4390 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 | 2443 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



News and Trends »

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

By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor | 18501 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 | 42604 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



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