Volume 19 - Issue 6 - June 2006

Feature »

Seven Secrets To Successful Hiring

By Robert J. Smith, Contributing Editor | 6313 reads | 0 comments

What is more nerve wracking than hiring people to staff your practice? Tightrope walking might qualify but more often than not, there is a net below to catch you if you take a wrong step. Jumping out of an airplane also comes to mind but you would usually have a parachute that should keep you from really hurting yourself.

Indeed, hiring can be more intimidating or worrisome than either of those things partly because there are no safety measures that keep you from danger after you have brought a person on board. A new employee is live, in person, on your phones, in front of your patients,



Continuing Education »

How To Diagnose And Treat Insect Bites And Stings

By Gary Dockery, DPM, and Stephen Schroeder, DPM | 156571 reads | 0 comments

There are abundant crawling and flying insects that infest, bite and sting humans, particularly on the foot and ankle regions. At this time of the year, people may be particularly susceptible to bites from ants, fleas, ticks and spiders. Other possible problems may include infestations with scabies and stinging insects.
There are various types of ants that can inflict different levels of bites and stings. The three main stinging and biting ants are fire, harvester and pharaoh ants.
The fire ant is common in the southeastern United States and Caribbean islands. Its sting causes immediat



Sports Medicine »

How To Recreate The Benefits Of Low Dye Strapping With Orthotics

By Scott A. Spencer, DPM | 11895 reads | 0 comments

How many of us have put on a low Dye strapping that successfully alleviated the patient’s symptoms only to prescribe foot orthotic devices that did not have the same outcome? I would think anyone who has been in practice long enough has done this. What happened between the low Dye strapping and the foot orthotic device that changed the outcome we anticipated?
One can use the low Dye as a treatment modality in and of itself or as a means of assessing whether or not a patient would benefit from a pair of foot orthotic devices. There are many variations of this strapping and many of us have s



News and Trends »

Study Examines Combination Of Procedures For Hallux Rigidus

By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor | 8326 reads | 0 comments

Can a combination of two procedures yield positive results for patients with hallux rigidus? A recent study, presented as an abstract at the annual meeting of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS), notes increased function and decreased pain in patients who underwent a combination of a hemi-implant arthroplasty with a decompressional osteotomy.
As part of the study, 11 patients with hallux rigidus underwent the combination of surgical procedures. Patients had either grade III or IV hallux rigidus, less than 20 degrees of first metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ) dorsiflexion, an



Diabetes Watch »

A Guide To Understanding The Various Wound Classification Systems

By Kathleen Satterfield, DPM | 39010 reads | 0 comments
There are as many classification systems for wounds as there are clinicians who believe they have developed the proverbial “better mousetrap.” The various wound classification systems include the Wagner classification, the University of Texas scheme, the S(AD) SAD classification, the Red Yellow Black breakdown, which is prominent in the nursing literature, the PEDIS classification and the DEPA Score.

Practice Builders »

Essential Secrets To Marketing Your Practice Successfully

By Kevin McDonald, DPM | 15590 reads | 0 comments

When I was in podiatry school 20-something years ago, there was a podiatrist on the faculty who was very impressive to me. He wore stylish clothes, drove a Mercedes convertible and took vacations to Australia. One day, I asked him: “What does it take to have a successful career as a podiatrist?”
The doctor looked me square in the eye and said “Son, it only takes two things to be a successful podiatrist. One, you have to have a touch of gray hair so that you look experienced. Two, you need to have a couple of hemorrhoids so you look … concerned.”
I did not want to wait for the gray