Volume 19 - Issue 8 - August 2006

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New Products

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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



Forum »

Giving Last Rites To Failed Equipment

By John H. McCord, DPM | 2129 reads | 0 comments

   I do not care much for equipment failures. If you take good care of your stuff and do not abuse your equipment and instruments, they should last forever or at least for another three years until I retire. Tell that to my cast saw.

   A patient of mine fell off her horse and broke her lateral malleolus. Since the fracture was slightly displaced and the patient was a real macho cowgirl, I felt that a fiberglass walking cast with a couple of extra rolls was the safest way to go. She griped and complained while I was putting on the cast. She said she wouldn’



News and Trends »

News and Trends

By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor | 5627 reads | 0 comments

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



Diabetes Watch »

Rethinking Proper Patient Selection For Limb Salvage Interventions

By Ronald A. Sage, DPM | 7424 reads | 0 comments

   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



Feature »

Emerging Innovations In Treatment

By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor | 15726 reads | 0 comments

   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



Dermatology Diagnosis »

When A Patient Presents With A Lower Extremity Rash

By Gary “Dock” Dockery, DPM, FACFAS | 55955 reads | 0 comments

   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