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  • April 2006 | Volume 19 - Issue 4
    By Rachel A. Janowicz, DPM
    35,370 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
    6,812 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
    6,195 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
    14,698 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
    77,527 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
    By Anthony Leone, Special Projects Editor
    5,771 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
    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
    4,335 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

    5,269 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    For patients with dermatological conditions, a new product may be able to provide some relief. Ammonium Lactate Cream 12% is indicated for ichthyosis vulgaris and xerosis, according to the manufacturer, Paddock Laboratories. The product offers 12% lactic acid neutralized with ammonium hydroxide, according to the company. As Paddock Labs says, when one applies lactic acid to the skin, it may decrease corneocyte cohesion. In addition, the company says an in vitro study showed that in cadaver skin, 6.1 percent of the Ammonium Lactate Cream was absorbed in 68 hours. It is available in a lot... 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
    8,100 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
    By John H. McCord, DPM
    1,773 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    I have never been much of a fan of American football. This is partly due to a trauma related to the game early in my life. My father took me to a University of Montana Grizzly game when I was 5 years old. Naturally, we sat in the cheap seats, rickety bleachers used mostly by impoverished students and my father. It was my first opportunity to watch a football game and I tried to concentrate but the tedium of timeouts, huddles and slow movement of huge men adorned in padding and helmets caused me to daydream. I dozed off, fell out of the bleachers and fractured my clavicle. I swore off football... continue reading