Volume 20 - Issue 2 - February 2007
Diabetes Watch »
Since the discovery of diabetes, researchers have worked diligently to extend the life expectancy of those affected by diabetes. From the advent of insulin in 1921 until the present day, advances in medical management have had a very significant impact on life expectancy and glycemic control in this population.1 Helpful treatments ranging from diet and exercise to oral drug therapy and exogenous insulin have steady advances in the treatment of this patient population.
Medications that are currently available for the management of blood gl
Practice Builders »
As I was channel surfing the other night, something caught my eye. It was the Discovery channel and I was looking at a huge herd of some hoofed animal. They looked pleasant enough and at peace with the world. Then a lioness came out of nowhere and whacked one of the older animals. Indeed, this particular life and death struggle on the Serengeti reminds me of why a group practice makes so much sense today.
That lioness could just as easily have been an insurance company executive and the herd could have been the group practice. In this case, the herd
Orthotics Q&A »
Given the increased emphasis on evidence-based medicine, our expert panelists review the impact of literature findings upon their prescription of custom foot orthoses for different pathologies.
Q: Is there evidence in the literature to support the use of functional orthotic devices?
A: The only supporting evidence relative to orthotic treatment of posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD) are studies of ankle foot orthoses (AFOs), according to Doug Richie Jr., DPM. Regarding PTTD, he says the evidence is “quite imp
It should not be news that adding ancillary services to your practice not only improves patient outcomes (if done right) but moreover, ancillary services have the ability to improve your bottom line dramatically. Some estimates state upward of a 60 percent boost or higher to the bottom line. While podiatry has long been familiar with ancillary services like X-ray, vascular testing, nerve conduction testing and ultrasound, physical therapy (PT) has for many years been left off the table.
Dermatology Diagnosis »
A 51-year-old man presents to the clinic with a chief complaint of multiple warts on both lower legs and feet. He reports that the lesions have been present for almost two years and appear to be increasing in numbers and size. The patient saw his family physician a year ago and was told to begin treating the warts with an over-the-counter wart medication containing a low percentage of salicylic acid. Since that time, he has randomly applied the wart cream with little success but did note that some of the lesions appeared to get smaller with treatment.
New Products »
Positive Results From Negative Pressure Therapy
For wound healing, DPMs might find success with the power of negative pressure therapy.
The Vario 18ci negative pressure wound therapy system is an AC/DC C/I aspriator and wound dressing kit that can promote healing and the development of granulation tissue, according to the manufacturer Medela Medical Technology. The company says the product can treat stage III and IV pressure ulcers, neuropathic and venous insufficiency ulcers, dehisced wounds, partial-thickness burns, skin grafts and fl
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