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  • October 2006 | Volume 19 - Issue 10
    By Jeff Hall, Executive Editor
    2,750 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
         The numbers jump out at you. Steven Peltz, CHBC, a leading practice management consultant, estimates that over 40 percent of an average practice’s accounts receivable are over 90 days old. As Peltz points out, this may signify a lack of a sound process for collecting on overdue accounts or perhaps less effort in collecting on older claims and denials as they may be more difficult and time-consuming than collecting on more recent claims.      This is one of the salient points that emerges from Peltz’s cover story, “In-House Billing: Assessing The Pros... continue reading
    Here one can see an open arthroscopic synovectomy and primary repair of the plantar plate of the second MPJ.
    By Kerry Zang, DPM
    32,797 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
         Plantar plate derangement with synovitis of the metatarsophalangeal joint complex is a progressively degenerative condition with an inflammatory component.1 Recent clinical experience suggests that one can treat these pathologies successfully using plasma-mediated, radiofrequency-based microdebridement.      While the plantar plate of the metatarsophalangeal joint shows signs of degeneration, the metatarsophalangeal joint complex itself is inflamed (i.e. synovitis). Clinicians often find this condition in conjunction with the triad of hallux ab... continue reading
    Patients with diabetes can use Exubera (Pfizer) to inhale insulin. As the authors note, insulin is absorbed more rapidly through inhalation than through subcutaneous injection.
    By Jennifer Pahira and John S. Steinberg, DPM
    8,684 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
         According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), diabetes affects more than 230 million people worldwide and is expected to affect 350 million by 2025. Controlling blood glucose levels via subcutaneous injections of insulin has been a key clinical intervention for many people. While injected insulin has proven to be a reliable intervention, it is met with significant resistance by patients who want to avoid the stigma and pain associated with this therapy.      Over the years, extensive research has been conducted in an effort to develop a less i... continue reading
    Older patients are more likely to have had foot surgeries causing iatrogenic deformities (as one can see above) that have had two or three decades to develop or become worse.
    By William D. Fishco, DPM, FACFAS
    19,118 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
         In regard to traditional perceptions, we need to redefine our approach to geriatric patients. Somewhere along the way in our training, we are taught that once people reach 65 years old, they are given the demographic label “geriatric.” As a result, there is a tendency to shy away from presenting surgical options for these patients due to fears that they may not heal, their bones are too brittle or that they have too many medical problems. The common excuses that I hear include: “too old,” “too risky,” “won’t heal” and “just live with it.” It is not unc... continue reading
    A podiatric practice has marketing goals for both current and new patients. A patient newsletter can be an important way to communicate with and educate patients.
    By William N. McCann, DPM
    4,130 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
         The excitement has been building for months. The whole family has been packing, reviewing brochures, talking about the spectacular scenery and preparing for what they expect to be the vacation of a lifetime. The day of departure arrives and the whole family loads into the packed station wagon for the fun-filled, two-week adventure. Starting down the road, you have a general idea of the direction of your destination but nothing more. Who needs a map? Just head south and ask at convenience stores along the way. The locals are always helpful.      Would you e... continue reading
    By Gary “Dock” Dockery, DPM, FACFAS
    20,626 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
         A 30-year-old Caucasian female brings her 3-week-old son into the clinic with a skin condition on both feet. The mother reports that the pregnancy was uncomplicated. She says the baby was born full-term with a normal birth weight of 7.2 pounds and no problems noted.      The mother also says she was healthy before and during the pregnancy, and that she is not taking any prescription medications or other drugs. She has been taking regular perinatal vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C and E, as directed by her personal obstetrician. The mother denies... continue reading
    Here is a medial heel skive. Dr. Kirby has used this device to facilitate more effective treatment of symptoms and pathologies caused by excessive subtalar joint pronation moments. (Photo courtesy of Paul R. Scherer, DPM)
    Guest Clinical Editor: Scott Spencer, DPM
    10,623 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
         In this month’s discussion, our expert panelists discuss the importance of an arthrometric exam, whether one should lean more toward accommodation or control with orthotic prescriptions, and share a few key pearls they have learned over the years in optimizing the effectiveness of prescription orthoses.      Q: Do you feel that the arthrometric examination plays a relevant role in your orthosis prescribing?      A: For Kevin Kirby, DPM, the arthrometric examination along with the physical exam and gait exam enable podiatrists to ... continue reading

    2,579 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Antifungal Agent In A Convenient Package A tried and true podiatric moisturizer is now available in a more convenient form.      Naftin® Cream utilizes naftifine HCl 1% to treat conditions such as tinea pedis, according to the manufacturer Merz Pharmaceuticals. The cream has fungicidal and fungistatic activity against various organisms, according to the company.      Naftin is now available in a new 90-g size, which is reportedly in response to physicians’ requests for fewer refills for patients. The company says DPMs can use... continue reading
    By Steven Peltz, CHBC
    6,699 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Should you go with in-house billing for your podiatric services or use a billing company? A leading practice management consultant presents the pros and cons of each option, and offers inside secrets for evaluating the effectiveness of either option. ... continue reading
    By John H. McCord, DPM
    2,551 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
         The career of the legendary stunt motorcyclist Evel Knievel seems like an ideal metaphor when I contemplate my career as a foot and ankle surgeon. Knievel’s forte was jumping over cars, buses, bulldozers or wild animals on his Harley. There was danger and Knievel suffered when things went wrong. At the end of his career, he had more hardware in his body than a Home Depot outlet. I always wondered if he had selected a retirement date or was he going to let the physics of death-defying motorcycle jumps choose for him.      As a foot and ankle surgeon, I ha... continue reading