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Pertinent Insights On Preventing Injuries On Tennis Court Surfaces

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 13:31
Issue Number: Volume 30 - Issue 3 - March 2017Author(s): Zach Thomas, DPM, AACFAS

This author provides a guide to preventing unnecessary tennis injuries caused by inappropriate shoe selection on the sport’s three most common surfaces.

Section: Online Exclusive

Emerging Concepts With Dynamic Compression Staples In Foot Surgery

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 09:41
Issue Number: Volume 30 - Issue 3 - March 2017Author(s): Troy A. Harris, DPM, Lt., MSC, USN (US)

Nitinol dynamic compression staples may provide unique benefits in a wide variety of foot surgeries. Accordingly, this author shares his experience with staple fixation in recent cases involving an active duty military population. 

Section: Online Exclusive

Leadership For The Multidisciplinary Team, Your Staff And Your Patients

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 11:53
Issue Number: Volume 30 - Issue 3 - March 2017Author(s): Camille Ryans, DPM

With patient care, there is always a team involved in obtaining a certain outcome. When it comes to the care of high-risk patients, podiatric physicians are leaders of these fragile patient care teams and the consequences from an error in healthcare may be irreversible, costing a patient life or limb. Accordingly, podiatrists must exhibit insightful leadership in regard to facilitating optimal outcomes for their patients.

Section: Forum

Emerging Implant May Be An Effective Option For First MPJ Arthroplasty

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 11:50
Issue Number: Volume 30 - Issue 3 - March 2017Author(s): Robi Garthwait, Contributing Editor

An innovative product offers surgeons a user-friendly option for restoring motion and reducing pain in individuals suffering from first metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ) pathologies.

Section: Technology In Practice

New Products March 2017

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 11:46
Issue Number: Volume 30 - Issue 3 - March 2017Author(s): 

Unique Plating Options For Foot And Ankle Surgery

An emerging plating system offers multiple options for a range of foot and ankle surgeries.

Section: New Products

Keys To Diagnosing And Treating Peroneal Tendon Dysfunction

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 11:42
Issue Number: Volume 30 - Issue 3 - March 2017Author(s): Laura Bohman, DPM, and Bob Baravarian, DPM

Peroneal tendon pathology occurs due to a wide range of etiologies including, most commonly, overuse and ankle sprains.

Section: Treatment Dilemmas

Reexamining The Gold Standard For Offloading Of DFUs

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 11:32
Issue Number: Volume 30 - Issue 3 - March 2017Author(s): James McGuire, DPM, PT, LPed, FAPWHc, and Joshua A. Sebag, BA

Although the total contact cast can be effective for offloading diabetic foot ulcers, it is not in wide usage. These authors assert the gold standard for offloading lies in the non-removability of the device and offer a closer look at the merits of transitional offloading. 

Section: Feature

Emerging Concepts In Beaming For Charcot

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 16:43
Issue Number: Volume 30 - Issue 3 - March 2017Author(s): Lisa M. Grant-McDonald, DPM, William P. Grant, DPM, FACFAS, and Jeffery Yates, BS

Midfoot beaming for patients with Charcot can be a valuable tool for deformity correction and may help obviate complications that can hamper healing. These authors detail their experience with the use of beaming, focusing on effective correction techniques and innovative concepts such as titanium trusses.

Section: Feature

A Guide To Cutaneous Manifestations Of Diabetes In The Lower Extremity

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 15:23
Issue Number: Volume 30 - Issue 3 - March 2017Author(s): Joseph Vella, DPM, AACFAS

Patients with diabetes may be especially susceptible to cutaneous complications including acquired perforating dermatosis, bullous diabeticorum, yellow nails and calciphylaxis. This author provides a guide to diagnosis and treatment of common cutaneous manifestations.

Section: Feature

Current And Emerging Modalities For MRSA

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 14:28
Issue Number: Volume 30 - Issue 3 - March 2017Author(s): Konstantinos Markakis, MD, PhD, Barzo Faris, MD, Sheikh T. Rashid MD, PhD, David G. Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD, Andrew J.M. Boulton, MD, DSc, and Frank L. Bowling, DPM, PhD

Given the increasing prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and that improperly managed diabetic foot infections can lead to tissue loss, amputation or even death, it is crucial to have a grasp of effective treatment options.

Section: Feature

Current Concepts With First MPJ Silicone Implants

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 11:38
Issue Number: Volume 30 - Issue 3 - March 2017Author(s): Bruce R. Lawrence, DPM, FACFAS, Gary M. Lepow, DPM, FACFAS, and Eric Thuen, DPM, FACFAS

Surgeons have used first metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ) implants for over six decades with widespread availability beginning in the 1970s.1 Patients with hallux rigidus have been the primary beneficiaries of implant arthroplasty.

Section: Surgical Pearls

Challenges And Conundrums With Wound Care Coding

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 09:33
Issue Number: Volume 30 - Issue 3 - March 2017Author(s): Clinical Editor: Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS

These panelists provide a guide to tackling common coding dilemmas, appropriate coding for wound debridement, skin grafts and substitutes, and advice for new doctors when learning to code.


What is your advice for a new practitioner who is learning how to code and bill for your service?


Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS, advises not waiting until you graduate from the residency program to learn how to code.

Section: Wound Care Q&A

Intramedullary Device May Facilitate Improved Bone Fusion

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 10:37
Issue Number: Volume 30 - Issue 2 - February 2017Author(s): Robi Garthwait, Contributing Editor

Section: Technology In Practice

A Closer Look At A First MPJ Hemi-Implant For The Treatment Of Hallux Limitus/Rigidus

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 16:44
Issue Number: Volume 30 - Issue 2 - February 2017Author(s): Jerome A. Slavitt, DPM, FACFAS

This author explores the potential of a new design for a first metatarsophalangeal joint implant, citing initial study results in using the implant for patients with hallux limitus and hallux rigidus.

Section: Online Exclusive

Key Insights On Fat Grafting For Heel Fat Pad Atrophy

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 16:28
Issue Number: Volume 30 - Issue 2 - February 2017Author(s): Beth Freeling Gusenoff, DPM, and Jeffrey Gusenoff, MD

Emphasizing the potential benefits of autologous fat pad grafting in restoring the heel and improving function, these authors detail the treatment of a 64-year-old patient who had bilateral heel pain for five years despite conservative treatment.

Section: Online Exclusive

Thanking Your Attendings By Paying It Forward To Your Residents

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 13:20
Issue Number: Volume 30 - Issue 2 - February 2017Author(s): George Wallace, DPM

While visiting my daughter in Chicago during our annual daddy–daughter weekend, the first evening I went out to dinner by myself. She was working very late that night. Off I went to have a good, quiet meal and relax a bit.

Section: Forum

New Products February 2017

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 11:41
Issue Number: Volume 30 - Issue 2 - February 2017Author(s): 

Providing Softer, Clearer Skin

Two new dermatologic products may relieve patients’ dry skin and help fight lower extremity fungus.

Section: New Products

How To Prepare For An Insurance Audit

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 16:23
Issue Number: Volume 30 - Issue 2 - February 2017Author(s): Lowell Weil, Jr., DPM, MBA, FACFAS

A colleague who has five office locations in a mainly rural area recently had to contend with an audit from a large insurance company. The audit was random and not created by any outliers in terms of billing practices or complaints from patients. The owner of the practice is a highly ethical physician who has set up practice protocols for all the affiliated physicians to follow that are rooted in evidence-based medicine. It is one of the most systematized practices I know and makes sure to provide quality medical care.

Section: Practice Builders

Ancillary Modalities For The Office: What Are The Best Investments?

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 15:45
Issue Number: Volume 30 - Issue 2 - February 2017Author(s): Jonathan Moore, DPM

In-office magnetic resonance imaging, in-office vascular testing, the stocking of wound care supplies and other modalities can add value to your podiatry practice. This author presents practical insights on what can give you the best return on investment and how to implement these ancillary modalities in the office.

Ancillary services have become increasingly important for podiatric physicians who are committed to staying in private practice.

Section: Feature

A Guide To Addressing Complications In Dermatologic Surgery

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 15:34
Issue Number: Volume 30 - Issue 2 - February 2017Author(s): Chris G. Adigun, MD, FAAD, and Omobola Onikoyi, MS

Dermatologic surgical procedures in the lower extremity may lead to complications for podiatric patients. Sharing insights from their experience and the literature, these authors discuss how to prevent complications including infection, coagulation issues, wound dehiscence, scarring and pain.

Section: Feature