Volume 20 - Issue 8 - August 2007

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A Guide To Minimally Invasive Fracture Management

By George Gumann, DPM | 10305 reads | 0 comments

As the practice of medicine continues to evolve, new advances are being initiated in the management of lower extremity trauma. These techniques involve a philosophical change regarding surgical approaches as well as technical innovations.

The first change constitutes a philosophical departure in technique from the classical AO principles for open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF). While traditional AO techniques emphasized obtaining absolute anatomic reduction and rigid internal fixation of fractures, this goal was sometimes complicated by a large incisional approach with signi

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How To Handle Plantar Fibromas

By Matt Sabo, DPM | 338724 reads | 1 comments

Plantar fibroma is a common occurrence in the plantar aponeurosis that usually consists of a solitary lesion or multiple nodules. The condition commonly derives from the medial and central fascial band of the aponeurosis, and is typically non-cancerous. Plantar fibromas are generally slow growing lesions that are typically asymptomatic. Most nodules cause pain because of the irregular contour of the foot with ambulation and standing.

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Congenital Foot Deformities: A Guide To Conservative Care

By Mark A. Caselli, DPM | 27119 reads | 0 comments

The early recognition and treatment of congenital foot deformities is essential in order to ensure optimal functioning of the foot. In regard to joint deformities caused by contracture of muscles and capsule, one can achieve correction via methods including: repeated gentle manipulation stretching of the tight structures; cast immobilization of the joints in the position of correction; and shoe/splint therapy.

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Seven Keys To Preventing Malpractice Lawsuits

By Jack Janov, Esq. | 17555 reads | 0 comments

Most podiatrists may never be targeted by a malpractice claim. However, it is prudent to consider preemptive strategies to help reduce the risk of being sued and to minimize your potential exposure.

Overall, recent jury verdict data show only slight increases to the median and average jury awards in many states and many medical malpractice cases resolve without the payment of any damages. However, the highest malpractice payouts have increased for the most severely injured patients, according to a Bureau of Justice review of the 2000 and 2004 statistics for Florida, Illinois, Maine,

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How To Address Failed Peroneal Tendon Surgery

By Neal M. Blitz, DPM, FACFAS | 36980 reads | 0 comments
Continuing Education Course #155
August 2007

I am pleased to introduce the latest article, “How To Address Failed Peroneal Tendon Surgery,” in our CE series. This series, brought to you by the North American Center for Continuing Medical Education (NACCME), consists of complimentary CE activities that qualify for one continuing education contact ho

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Hospital Survey On MRSA Reveals Obstacles And Potential Solutions

By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor | 5609 reads | 0 comments

With the incidence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus rising, how can healthcare institutions protect patients? The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) recently conducted a survey of 1,237 hospitals and has formulated recommendations for preventing MRSA transmission.

The study noted the rate of MRSA was 46 in 1,000 patients. Of those patients, 34 in 1,000 patients were infected and 12 in 1,000 patients were colonized.

The APIC emphasizes the importance of good hand hygiene, including frequent hand washing, alcohol-based

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