Editorial Staff

  • Executive Editor/VP-Special Projects:
    Jeff Hall
  • Senior Editor
    Brian McCurdy
  • Circulation and Subscriptions
    Bonnie Shannon
  • Art Director:
    Alana Balboni
  • Editorial Correspondence

  • Jeff Hall, Executive Editor/VP-Special Projects, Podiatry Today
  • HMP Communications, 83 General Warren Blvd
    Suite 100, Malvern PA 19355
  • Telephone: (800) 237-7285, ext. 214
    Fax: (610) 560-0501
  • Email: jhall@hmpcommunications.com
  • August 2006 | Volume 19 - Issue 8
    By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor
    6,094 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    CMS To Begin Competitive Bidding Process For DME    Changes are underway at the federal level to the durable medical equipment (DME) system for Medicare patients and may have an effect on podiatry practices and patient care. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposes a system that will open up the durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS) system to competitive bidding. As part of the plan, only those suppliers chosen through the bidding will be permitted to supply items to Medicare beneficiaries in product areas cover... continue reading
    By John E. Hahn, DPM, ND
    12,083 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       The modern podiatric physician is faced with many challenges when it comes to appropriate patient selection for surgical procedures. Specifically, when it comes to the high-risk patient with diabetes, there are potential challenges that can lead to postoperative complications and potential lawsuits. Indeed, some of these high-risk patients may experience delayed wound healing with no obvious preoperative disease elucidated in the preoperative history, physical and conventional laboratory studies.    Faced with these challenges, the astute podiatric physician ... continue reading
    Leaving an isolated digit predisposes the foot to other ulcerations due to the biomechanically unstable deformity. (Photo courtesy of Kathleen Satterfield, DPM)
    By Ronald A. Sage, DPM
    8,204 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       Reducing the number of lower extremity amputations is a goal for all clinicians caring for patients with diabetes. In spite of this, the numbers of limb-threatening infections and subsequent amputations continue to rise each year. While medical and surgical interventions are frequently successful in facilitating limb salvage in patients facing amputation, failures in limb salvage attempts do occur. These failures result in multiple trips to the operating room, significant potential morbidity and prolonged disability.    In order to more accurately predict... continue reading
    Here one can see a 59-year-old female with diabetic neuropathy who fell and sustained a fracture. These photos were taken one day after the fall. The author questions whether care for fractures should vary depending on whether a patient has diabetic neuro
    By Molly Judge, DPM
    14,667 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       For foot and ankle specialists, the diagnosis and complete management of neuropathic arthropathy ranks among the most daunting challenges. Currently, one makes the clinical diagnosis when there is a compilation of clinical and radiographic findings suspicious for the condition. The diagnosis relies upon the histopathology to identify the neuropathic joint destruction.    Once one makes a diagnosis, either definitively or clinically, the treatment approach remains the discretion of the physician. Those best trained for treating this condition rely on the lit... continue reading
    One may use the EZ Frame to offload plantar wounds or to help facilitate the treatment of osteomyelitis.
    By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor
    17,209 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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
    10,896 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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
    77,890 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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
    2,467 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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
    50,650 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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
    40,269 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       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