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  • March 2006 | Volume 19 - Issue 3
    By John Hahn, DPM, ND
    16,744 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/06
    Nearly 21 million people in the United States have diabetes, according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Approximately 6.2 million of these people are not aware they have the disease. The CDC also estimates that over 40 million people have pre-diabetes, a condition that increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Over 20 percent of adults 60 years of age and older have diabetes. ... continue reading
    By Jerome K. Steck, DPM, FACFAS, and George Vito, DPM, FACFAS
    6,063 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/06
    I read the recent article “A New Solution For The Arthritic Ankle?” (see page 36, December 2005) with interest. I applaud the authors for their work and agree that this is an option for patients with degenerative joint disease of the ankle. George R. Vito, DPM, et. al., accurately point out that there are few surgeons who have total ankle implant training and regularly perform this procedure. I have had years of training with the inventor of the only FDA approved ankle implant, and have performed a tremendous number of these procedures successfuly. Unfortunately, the authors’ review o ... continue reading
    By David Edward Marcinko, MBA, CMP, CFP
    7,428 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/06
    Fees are down, expenses are up and the days of fat profit margins for physicians are over. Managed care in some form is here to stay. The tidal wave of baby boomers approaching retirement suggests the pendulum will not swing back to the “good old days” of fee-for-service medicine. The U.S. government, the payer for more than 50 percent of the covered population, continues to ratchet down reimbursement. Accordingly, many doctors are now working harder than ever. Unfortunately, they are also prone to irrational investing behavior and making more investment mistakes than ever before. Here... continue reading
    By Glenn Weinraub, DPM
    12,939 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/06
    It is well established that poorly controlled diabetes mellitus leads to vasculopathy, immunopathy and neuropathy, all of which may contribute to osteopathy. However, in order to understand the nuances of bone healing in the diabetic population, one must first have a strong grasp of the fundamentals of bone biology and biomechanics (see “A Helpful Primer On Bone Structure” below). Bone is a dynamic medium with a multifactorial purpose including support of soft tissues, protection of soft tissues, locomotion and being a mineral reservoir. The growth, maintenance and healing of bone require ... continue reading
    By Peter Blume, DPM, Jared T. Wilkinson, DPM, and Jonathan J. Key, DPM
    23,901 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/06
    Due to the nature of the disease, the diabetic patient population has an increased risk of developing nail abnormalities, including onychocryptosis, onychomycosis and other nail structure malformations and injuries. Over one-third of diabetic patients suffer from nail abnormalities and are 2.77 times more likely to have nail mycoses compared to the general population.1 ... continue reading

    6,548 reads | 0 comments | 02/03/06
    Several bandages are now available in one convenient package to hand out to patients. Physician Packs include CoFlex®, CoFlex® Med and latex-free CoFlex® NL bandages, according to the manufacturer Andover Coated Products. As the company notes, the bandages feature EasyTear® technology. Patients can easily apply and remove them, and the bandages all have non-slip support. With the compact box design and smaller roll counts, Physician Packs are easy to store. The company adds that the tan-colored packs are available in sizes from 1 to 4 inche ... continue reading