Volume 19 - Issue 2 - February 2006

Practice Builders »

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

By Lynn Homisak, PRT | 10338 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 | 10082 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