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  • Jeff Hall, Executive Editor/VP-Special Projects, Podiatry Today
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  • November 2006 | Volume 19 - Issue 11
    Here one can see the location of the incision, which is just distal to the plantar fat pad.
    By Lawrence Karlock, DPM, FACFAS,and Dan Kirk, DPM
    47,156 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
        Heel pain is obviously one of the most common complaints we see in podiatric office. The causes of heel pain are varied and include tarsal tunnel syndrome, Baxter’s neuritis, calcaneal stress fracture and spondyloarthropathies, just to name a few. For the majority of these patients, the diagnosis is plantar fasciitis.     Many of these patients will get better with conservative care, which includes stretching, orthotic devices and steroid injections. Those who still have pain may find relief with extracorporeal shockwave therapy. Patients who still d... continue reading
    By Babak Baravarian, DPM
    116,889 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
         The past several “Treatment Dilemmas” columns have dealt with the treatment of chronic ankle pain subsequent to an ankle sprain (see page 92, July issue and page 88, September issue). We have dealt with the actual ligament injury and its repair, treatment of peroneal tendon injuries and also conservative care of ankle injuries. We will now discuss the final common problem, which involves the treatment options for osteochondral lesions of the talus.      An osteochondral lesion is an injury or small fracture of the cartilage surface of the talus. Ther... continue reading
    This photo shows a plantar plate rupture of the second metatarsophalangeal joint.
    By John Tassone Jr., DPM
    13,603 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
        Throughout the previous three decades, technological advances paved the way for the use of sonography in diagnosing and assessing musculoskeletal pathology. Continued innovations in this arena have led to affordable portable units that enable private office practitioners to utilize ultrasonography. Use of these units has grown over the last five years, especially in rheumatology. In fact, one leading ultrasound company has turned all of its advertising attention from the podiatry profession to rheumatology. However, podiatry still remains a formidable market for the portable... continue reading

    4,481 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
    Patients come in many sizes and may need different sizes of bunion relief.       The new Comfort Gel Skin™ comes in four different models with various gel thicknesses and options for covers, according to the manufacturer Gel Smart. The sleeves available are the 5 mm Comfort Bunion Relief Pad and the 3 mm Dress Bunion Relief Pad.       The company says the product combines flexibility with specialized textiles, which move with and conform to the gels. The gels add thickness while maintaining pliability and stretch for comfort, according... continue reading
    Here one can see a periostitis. The authors suggest that mechanically-induced subcalcaneal pain should be the term for the symptomatology arising from a particular pathomechanics that produces a periostitis of the medial tubercule of the calcaneal tuberos
    By Paul R. Scherer, DPM, and Lori L. Waters, BSc, BEd
    15,039 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
        Given the abundance of articles written about heel pain and plantar fasciitis, practitioners may wonder whether there is anything new to learn. The prevalence of this condition accounts for the amount of press that it gets, both in the medical community and in the news, but are all the articles and studies discussing the same thing? The numerous opinions and conflicting data may indicate that heel pain is more complicated than people realize. Perhaps some variable has been omitted in the research that contributes to the conflicting outcomes.     Many ter... continue reading
    By David Edward Marcinko, MBA, CFP, CMP, and Hope Rachel Hetico, RN, MHA, CMP
    7,202 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
         Accounts receivable (A/R) represent free cash flow that is the lifeblood of any medical practice. Staying on top of A/R enables a practice to pay the bills, take care of office payroll and satisfy operational obligations. In the reimbursement climate that exists today, it is not unusual for A/R to represent 75 percent of a hospital’s investments in current assets. For podiatrists, it is not unusual for 30 percent or more of all office A/R to be more than 120 days old.      A feature of A/Rs that makes them unique is the settlement for less than billed... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Executive Editor
    2,653 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
         When we put our editorial calendar together each year, one of the struggles is putting together an entire theme issue of fresh perspectives on heel pain. It is one of the most common conditions that DPMs see in practice and plantar fasciitis reportedly accounts for over 1 million patient visits a year in the United States. Given the prevalence of the condition, we continue to address this topic in depth every November. Hopefully, the collection of feature articles in our 7th Annual Heel Pain Theme issue will stimulate discussion and debate.      In the cov... continue reading
    Here one can see a severe case of hallux valgus. A new study says valdecoxib (Bextra, Pfizer) has a positive postoperative analgesic effect following a bunionectomy. (Photo courtesy of Jesse B. Burks, DPM)
    By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor
    9,316 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
         When patients have pain after a bunionectomy procedure, what are the best options for providing pain relief? Two randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies, recently published in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, note that patients who took valdecoxib (Bextra, Pfizer) ... continue reading
    By Lara Allman, DPM
    2,847 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
         I have been reading podiatry articles for pointers on how to run an office for the last eight years of private practice. I have adopted the advice of all the practice management gurus in our professional world. They write with ease and enjoyment on the how-to’s of conducting employee interviews, compiling employee manuals, creating job descriptions, how to train, how to treat staff and so on. I have absorbed this advice and feel they provide good tips for facilitating a good working environment.      I condone open communication with my staff so we can ... continue reading
    By Peter Wilusz, DPM, and Guy Pupp, DPM
    14,827 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
         The non-traumatic lower extremity amputation rate among people with diabetes mellitus has increased 38 percent from 1992 to 2002.1 The number of amputations has increased from 99,552 in 2000 to 110,000 in 2002.2 To appreciate this statistic, this is more than double the number of amputations on U.S. soldiers from the Civil War through Vietnam.3      Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is largely undiagnosed. Of the estimated 12 million Americans with PAD, 2.5 million are diagnosed and only 4 percent are treated interventio... continue reading