Volume 19 - Issue 10 - October 2006

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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



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Why I Am Turning Off The Surgical Engine

By John H. McCord, DPM | 2359 reads | 0 comments

     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



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News and Trends

By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor | 8492 reads | 0 comments

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



Editor's Perspective »

Looking For Alternatives To Conventional Assumptions

By Jeff Hall, Executive Editor | 2624 reads | 0 comments

     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



Diabetes Watch »

Is Inhaled Insulin A Viable Alternative For Patients With Diabetes?

By Jennifer Pahira and John S. Steinberg, DPM | 8206 reads | 0 comments

     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



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What Improved Goal Setting Can Do For Your Practice

By William N. McCann, DPM | 3889 reads | 0 comments

     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



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