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  • April 2006 | Volume 19 - Issue 4
    A 49-year-old female presented with ankle joint dorsiflexion motion limited by 10 degrees and pain at the end of the range of motion. As one can see in this X-ray, she had a significant hallux abducto valgus deformity with transverse plane subluxation.
    By Paul R. Scherer, DPM
    13,830 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    There is no other disease that so profoundly deforms the human foot as rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The pain symptoms from RA foot deformities limit mobility significantly in patients from adolescents to seniors. Although diabetes affects a greater number of people in the United States, the morbidity from RA is more severe. A podiatrist’s expertise in the mechanical treatment of the rheumatoid foot is not only a professional obligation but also a guarantee of continued referrals from the rh... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Executive Editor
    3,187 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Every now and then, I catch an episode of Bravo’s Inside The Actor’s Studio. At the end of the hour, the interviewee participates in a pithy, amusing and sometimes revealing questionnaire. One of the standard questions is “What is your least favorite word?” For me, it would be two words: conventional and assumption. Those who assume are too lazy to seek out the truth. Conventional implies there is one predominant way of doing things but the dynamic nature of our lives suggests different models. Interestingly enough, a number of articles in this month’s issue offer challeng... continue reading
    By Rachel A. Janowicz, DPM
    35,921 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    The United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA) regulates the testing and competition of 170,000 members, a number that represents a 63 percent increase over just one decade. This surge in popularity can be partially attributed to figure skating becoming more financially accessible in lieu of the newer focus on only the freestyle aspect of the sport. The success of American figure skaters like Michelle Kwan and Brian Boitano have also increased the popularity of the sport. This greater participation has subsequently brought about a higher level of competition. Both the athletic and a... continue reading
    Here is an MRSA-infected anterior ankle wound. Authors of a recent study say a new molecular test (qMRSA) may facilitate quicker detection of MRSA. (Photo courtesy of David G. Armstrong, DPM, PhD)
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    6,908 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Given the substantial rates of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection in hospitals, early detection is vital to ensure timely and appropriate treatment. A new molecular test may significantly decrease the amount of time it takes to detect MRSA and possibly reduce transmission of the bacteria, according to the authors of a new study. Researchers who conducted the two-year study, recently published in Critical Care, evaluated over 1,000 patients who had been admitted for longer than 24 hours to a medical intensive care unit (ICU) or surgical ICU. Authors of... continue reading
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    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    6,316 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    While ensuring effective patient care is the primary goal of any podiatric practice, the practice is still a business so cutting costs is an important point of emphasis in keeping the practice operating at peak efficiency. There are a number of avenues that DPMs can seek out in order to cut costs. Podiatrists can take a look at staffing procedures to work more effectively and cut costs. Podiatric practices can also be diligent in their interaction with suppliers to provide more affordable patient care. As far as office space and billing, a number of options are available to reduce overhead co ... continue reading
    In this preoperative photo, one can see a plantar prominence with a “rocker bottom” deformity.
    By Eric A. Barp, DPM, and W. Ashton Nickles, DPM
    14,890 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    The Charcot foot and ankle is a challenging clinical entity for the qualified foot and ankle surgeon. It is a progressive disease with insidious onset. Osteoarthropathy was originally described in 1703 but it wasn’t until 1868 that it was called Charcot neuroarthropathy due to Charcot’s work in linking the disease to tabes dorsalis and neuropathy.1,2 It was Jordan who linked this destructive disease — which is associated with joint dislocation, breakdown and pathologic fracture — with diabetes mellitus.3 Osteoarthropathy has an incidence ranging from 0.16 percen... continue reading
    Applying foam underwrap in a single layer can protect sensitive skin and hair. It does retain moisture and heat.
    By Tim Dutra, DPM, MS
    79,395 reads | 1 comments | 09/03/08
    Taping is a critical art as well as a science when it comes to the treatment and prevention of athletic injuries. Taping takes practice, creativity and adaptability. It is a very important part of a sports medicine practice. Not only is taping therapeutic, it can also be diagnostic in the evaluation and treatment of injuries in athletes since the athlete’s response to taping can indicate the effectiveness of orthotics in controlling biomechanical issues. While taping is not a substitute for a comprehensive rehabilitation program, it is a key element in allowing an athlete to return to acti... continue reading
    Overbooking appointments and having staff act annoyed when patients ask how much longer the wait will be are two things that irritate patients, and may lead to them going elsewhere for podiatric care.
    By Michael Z. Metzger, DPM, MBA
    4,407 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Successful DPMs know the right formulas for keeping patients. One should manage medical information professionally, run an efficient office, listen to patient concerns and always keep the patient foremost in mind. On the flip side, if a podiatric practice engages in certain other behaviors, the podiatrist will likely see more than a few patients walk out the door without returning any time soon. That said, here are pearls on what not to do to keep a thriving practice. Unlike articles that suggest ideas to help you keep patients, I absolutely guarantee that the ideas presented in this article ... continue reading
    By Anthony Leone, Special Projects Editor
    5,837 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    When it comes to adjunctive modalities for the treatment of diabetic neuropathy, podiatrists may want to consider the supplement Metanx (Pamlab). Two podiatrists cite the modality as a safe and effective treatment option for those with diabetic neuropathy. Comprised of 2.8 mg of L-methylfolate, 25 mg of pyrioxal 5’-phosphate (B6) and 2 mg of methylcobalamin (B12), Metanx has been proven to increase nitric oxide (NO) synthesis and improve endothelial function, according to Allen Jacobs, DPM, and Theodore Varoz, DPM, PCPM, DFW. Dr. Jacobs notes that B6 facilitates neural regeneration and B12 ... continue reading
    The podiatry profession places too much emphasis on the subtalar and midtarsal joints, according to Christopher Nester, BSc, PhD. (Photo courtesy of Arnold Ross, DPM)
    Guest Clinical Editor: Bruce Williams, DPM
    8,253 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Although what one learned in podiatric medical school is invaluable in a podiatry career, sometimes podiatrists may encounter a different reality in clinical practice. These expert panelists weigh what they learned in school with their experience and the current research. They also detail which directions future orthotic research should take. Q: What is the current research telling us about how the foot really functions as opposed to what many podiatrists were taught in school? A: Much of the current research focuses on the importance of the midtarsal joint(s) and how they have a ... continue reading