Volume 19 - Issue 10 - October 2006

Dermatology Diagnosis »

When A Newborn Presents With A Skin Condition On Both Feet

By Gary “Dock” Dockery, DPM, FACFAS | 19839 reads | 0 comments

     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



New Products »

New Products

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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



Forum »

Why I Am Turning Off The Surgical Engine

By John H. McCord, DPM | 2422 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



News and Trends »

News and Trends

By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor | 8665 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 | 2666 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 | 8406 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