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  • January 2007 | Volume 20 - Issue 1
    By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor
    5,206 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/07
          As DPMs treat a wide variety of patients, they also practice in a wide variety of settings. Podiatrists practice in hospital settings, at academic institutions, solo practices and in group practices with other DPMs.       One such group practice, The Podiatry Group of South Texas (TPG), formed in 2003 when seven independent practices with a total of 12 DPMs merged. The merger was born of “the need and opportunity to consolidate business operations in response to negative pressures from the insurance industry,” according to Robert Vranes, DPM, the pre ... continue reading
    By Edwin Harris, DPM
    84,134 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/07
          Intoeing is one of the most common pediatric gait disturbances. Prompted by parental concerns, it accounts for a large number of new patient specialist visits. Intoeing is not a diagnosis. It is a complaint and an objective finding on physical examination. In spite of the frequent occurrence of pediatric intoeing, clinical management is complicated by diagnostic confusion and difference of opinion on both the necessity for treatment and its effectiveness. Intoeing has been the topic of many publications directed both toward primary care physicians and parents. However, inf ... continue reading

    5,326 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/07
          Anyone questioning whether Dr. Barrett is trying to sell Instratek instrumentation for endoscopic plantar fasciotomy (EPF) procedures need look no further than his recent article, “Should You Change Your Approach To Plantar Fasciosis?” (see page 48, November issue), which is basically a long-winded advertisement for the EPF procedure.       There are several points not mentioned in this less than scholarly work that should be brought to the forefront.       The first point is that conservative care works and works very often. Through ... continue reading
    By Anthony Poggio, DPM
    14,096 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/07
          As the calendar turns to 2007, podiatrists should be aware of the changes to reimbursement codes instituted by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Starting on January 1, there are a number of changes that will affect Medicare billing. Accordingly, let us take a closer look at key CPT/ICD-9 codes that are more pertinent to podiatry.       There are a number of changes to the CPT codes that practitioners should know. There is no 90-day grace period for deleted codes as there had been in the past. New CPT codes are valid as of January 1, 200 ... continue reading
    By Javier La Fontaine, DPM
    10,246 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/07
          Research is an essential part of medicine when it comes to the ongoing improvement of patient care. Although podiatry is still very early into its development of consistent research contributions, research in diabetes has an impact in what we do daily. Research on topics such as diabetic neuropathy, vascular disease, wound care, the management of diabetes and offloading should be of interest.       Diabetic neuropathy has been identified as an important risk factor for foot problems in the diabetic patient. The cost of diabetic neuropathy and its conseque ... continue reading
    By Babak Baravarian, DPM
    17,889 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/07
          The correction of flatfoot deformity has been an evolving and somewhat troublesome treatment in the realm of foot and ankle ailments. The treatment has differed in children versus adults and has gained extended popularity as simpler procedures have become available. The problem with simple procedures is they do not always treat the full complex of the underlying deformity.       Accordingly, let us take a closer look at the treatment of flatfoot in children and adolescents. We will consider the underlying deformity, its causes and treatment options. I wi ... continue reading
    Clinical Editor: Lawrence Karlock, DPM
    47,385 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/07
          Given the common incidence of puncture wounds, our roundtable experts continue their discussion (see page 32, November 2006 issue) by sharing key insights on appropriate antibiotic selection and how they prefer to close these wounds. Without further delay, here is what they had to say …       Q: What empiric antibiotics do you prescribe for puncture wounds?       A: For Michael Keller, DPM, the antibiotic selection depends upon three factors: the timing of presentation, the type of puncture and the type of patient.   ... continue reading
    By Camille Ryans
    3,864 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/07
          Do you recall the emotions you felt as a new podiatry student? More than likely, feelings of anxiousness, strife and unrest filled your mind. After completing my first month of podiatry school, much of my uneasiness has subsided but there still remains uncertainty in this ever evolving profession.       After declaring majors in every subject from chemistry to psychology and actually obtaining my bachelor’s degree, I had no choice but to commit to a career. (I will not even go into how many different types of jobs I have considered over the years.) Taki ... continue reading
    By Kerry Zang, DPM
    14,556 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/07
          One of the most common conditions that the foot and ankle surgeon will encounter is the hammertoe deformity. Surgeons have used multiple procedures for more than 60 years to deal with this condition. These have included amputation of the digit, arthrodesis of the interphalangeal joints, soft tissue releases, arthroplasty (removal of bone, partial or complete), tendon transfers, implants and/or a combination of the above. The most popular procedure during this time has been the arthroplasty with resection of the head of the proximal phalanx.       However, ... continue reading
    By Damieon Brown, DPM, Lawrence DiDomenico, DPM, FACFAS, and Michael VanPelt, DPM
    54,375 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/07
          More and more people are in the pursuit of becoming active and staying fit. More often than not, individuals tend to achieve this goal by participating in sporting activities. Whether they are participating in intramural or competitive activities, these athletes place a great demand on the ankles and feet.       According to the National Collegiate Athletic Association Injury Surveillance System for 2000-2001, the ankle, knee and lower extremity were common sites of injury. The ankle joint is reportedly one of the most common sports-related injuries cli ... continue reading