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  • October 2006 | Volume 19 - Issue 10
    Guest Clinical Editor: Scott Spencer, DPM
    11,263 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/06
         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

    2,805 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/06
    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
    7,093 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/06
    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
    2,768 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/06
         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
    By Douglas Richie, Jr., DPM
    38,054 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/06
         Podiatric physicians use foot orthotics daily to treat a myriad of lower extremity conditions. Yet while the foot orthotics industry has been growing each year, researchers in the field of biomechanics have begun to challenge previous clinical studies showing that foot orthotics really work. At the same time, third party insurance payors have started questioning the value of foot orthotic therapy on the grounds that this treatment intervention is “experimental” and still without verification of the overall benefit.      Podiatric physicians may have a ... continue reading
    By Stephanie C.S. Wu, DPM, MS, Nicholas J. Bevilacqua, DPM, Lee C. Rogers, DPM, and David G. Armstrong, DPM, PhD
    12,809 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/06
         The rapid rise in the incidence of diabetes, a serious lifelong condition, is of alarming concern to healthcare professionals. Recent data from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that approximately 20.8 million people, roughly 7 percent of the United States population, have diabetes.1 In 2005 alone, 1.5 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years or older.1 Diabetes mellitus is a multifaceted disease and foot ulceration, which often results in lower extremity amputations, is one of the most common comp ... continue reading
    By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor
    9,481 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/06
    Study: Wrong Shoe Size In Veterans Tied To Diabetic Ulcers      Shoes that fit poorly are often named as a factor in the development of diabetic foot ulcers. A recent study in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association (JAPMA) questioned whether veterans wear appropriately sized shoes and found that three-quarters of those studied did not.      Study authors evaluated the shoe sizes of 440 veterans at Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center. Of those, 58.4 percent had diabetes and 6.8 percent had an active diabetic ... continue reading
    By Edward G. Blahous Jr., DPM
    53,970 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/06
         When you perform a literature review on Achilles tendinopathy, be prepared to be inundated with a litany of citations. Literally hundreds of articles annually are dedicated to the investigation of this relatively enigmatic tendon. Some will focus on histological findings and others will feature anecdotal clinical investigations. A multitude of studies featuring newer, so-called “alternative” therapies are introduced and all the while, review-type articles of variable depth will litter your search.      Suffice it to say, filtering through this amount ... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Executive Editor
    2,893 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/06
         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
    By Kerry Zang, DPM
    35,870 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/06
         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