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  • Jeff Hall, Executive Editor/VP-Special Projects, Podiatry Today
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  • August 2006 | Volume 19 - Issue 8
    By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor
    17,436 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/06
       As the podiatry profession continues to grow, new technologies emerge to help DPMs address key challenges in providing optimal care for their patients. These modalities include not only novel antibiotics to fight infection but a time-tested therapy that is just gaining prominence in the United States. Podiatrists may also enjoy the benefits of new cryogenic technology, wound care innovations and a re-emerging surgical procedure. Without further delay, let us take a closer look at these emerging innovations.    1. Bacteriophage Therapy (Phage Internation ... continue reading
    By Anthony Leone, Special Projects Editor
    11,137 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/06
       Perhaps your staff is battling an insurance company for appropriate reimbursement on a handful of claims. Perhaps you are wrestling with declining accounts receivable. Perhaps you are referring patients to other sources when you could be handling more of their DME needs. Perhaps you are debating whether you can afford to invest in new diagnostic technology for your practice.    Needless to say, office revenue affects nearly every aspect of maintaining and expanding a thriving practice. With this in mind, we turned to leading practitioners and practice mana ... continue reading
    By Gary “Dock” Dockery, DPM, FACFAS
    81,895 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/06
       Podiatric physicians are often presented with dilemmas when diagnosing various dermatological conditions as these conditions may have overlapping symptoms. An accurate diagnosis is dependent on the patient history, physical examination and asking key questions to elicit telling answers from the patient. Accordingly, we have launched a new bimonthly column, “Dermatology Diagnosis,” that will test one’s skills in diagnosing dermatological conditions. Without further delay, let us consider the first case.    A 26-year-old male presents with a four-day h ... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Executive Editor
    2,544 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/06
       Imagine this scenario. A 75-year-old patient presents to a podiatric surgeon for treatment of a fracture of the fifth metatarsal base tuberosity. Instead of placing the patient in a walker, the podiatrist gives the patient crutches so he or she can see a CMS-approved durable medical equipment (DME) supplier in order to get the walker. The DPM just hopes the walker is correctly sized, modified when necessary and applied correctly.    Indeed, this may become the new reality as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a competitive bi ... continue reading
    Here one can see contact dermatitis on both feet. This was caused by exposure to allergens in a pair of sandals.
    By Gary L. Dockery, DPM, FACFAS
    51,154 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/06
       Pruritus is a symptom complex rather than a dermatological condition. It is a very common manifestation of skin diseases described as an itch that makes a person want to scratch. It can be frustrating and cause some patients severe discomfort. Chronic itching can lead to sleeplessness, anxiety, depression and behavioral disorders (especially in young children). Symptoms of pruritus can be a result of skin conditions such as dry skin (xerosis), atopic dermatitis, eczema and contact dermatitis. Pruritus can also present with certain internal disorders or may be due to altered p... continue reading
    By Douglas Richie Jr., DPM
    41,607 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/06
       One of the biggest challenges in a sports medicine practice is deciding when an athlete has sufficiently recovered from an injury and can return to his or her sport. Often, the podiatric physician is under pressure from various sources to return the athlete back to play quickly after injury. More often than not, it is not the athlete who puts the pressure on the doctor. Rather, it is a coach or parent who wants the athlete back in action as soon as possible.    If an athlete returns to play before an injury has adequately healed, there is a risk of re-in ... continue reading
    The radiographic findings of a septic nonunion versus an aseptic nonunion may be indistinguishable. Here one can see peri-hardware loosening in both septic and aseptic nonunions.
    By Neal M. Blitz, DPM, FACFAS
    41,221 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/06
       Screws, plates, staples, pins and wires are the hardware that the foot and ankle surgeon uses to fixate fractures, fusions and/or osteotomies. An infection involving hardware may jeopardize the bone healing process and is a precarious situation for both the patient and the surgeon. In some situations, the infection may be easily managed yet it can be limb threatening in other situations. Like any infection, early diagnosis is paramount.    Hardware is necessary to stabilize osseous segments until one achieves complete bone healing, a process that typically ... continue reading
    By Anthony Leone, Special Projects Editor
    3,554 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/06
       When looking for a wound care product that offers antimicrobial properties, provides effective debridement and facilitates a moist wound care environment, podiatrists may want to consider the AmeriGel Wound Dressing. As if these benefits were not enough, one can use the dressing to treat a variety of wounds, including diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, post-surgical incisions and first- and second-degree burns.    R. Daniel Davis, DPM, says the topical medication is an affordable and effective option in his armamentarium.     “(AmeriGe ... continue reading
    By Patrick A. DeHeer, DPM, and Bruce Werber, DPM
    16,411 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/06
       Yes. By Patrick A. DeHeer, DPM. While this author has had success with conservative treatment, particularly sclerosing therapy, he emphasizes that a plantar approach to the neurectomy can be effective when surgery is indicated.    Morton’s neuroma is a commonly encountered forefoot pathology that has many different treatment options available for the foot and ankle specialist. What are these options, when does one implement each type of treatment and when does surgical intervention become the best option for the patient?    Before lookin ... continue reading

    4,051 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/06
    More Specific Orthotics Do you need orthotics that are specifically tailored to the pathologies of your patients?    You may not need to look any further than three new Pathology Specific Orthoses. ProLab Orthotics/USA says it designed the three new orthotics to meet the specific pathomechanics of each diagnosis. Understanding the pathomechanics of each patient’s diagnosis is essential to ensuring optimum treatment outcomes, according to the company.    With the three new Pathology Specific Orthoses, ProLab now offers a total of 14 ... continue reading