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3 steps to productive physician-patient dialogue

April 21, 2015

Sometimes the best a primary care physician can do for a patient is simply to have a conversation, according to an opinion piece in MedPage Today by Andy Lazris, M.D. “The visit should not include a lecture or statistics that diminish the complex needs and wants of the person sitting in front of us.

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Doctors: We need to delay ICD-10 again

April 21, 2015

This whole ICD-10 delay thing continues to bear some fruit, and there’s still quite a bit of steam behind the effort.

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Effect of obesity on outcome of hallux valgus surgery

April 21, 2015

Obesity is a global epidemic, but its effect on foot and ankle surgeries is not well defined. This study aimed to investigate the influence of obesity on functional outcome scores, incidence of postoperative surgical site infection (SSI), and repeat surgery after hallux valgus (HV) corrective surgery.

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Switching EHRs adds functionality but not always satisfaction

April 21, 2015

Providers who switch from one electronic health record (EHR) to another do so to add more functionality, but often it doesn’t make them more satisfied, according to a recently published survey. “I love my EHR, but I work with a lot of physicians who don’t,” Kenneth Adler, M.D., MMM, a family physician in Tucson, Arizona, said at the annual meeting of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. “I bought them an EHR and they still blame me for it.”

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Total ankle arthroplasty with severe preoperative varus deformity

April 21, 2015

Advancements in total ankle arthroplasty over the past several decades have led to improved patient outcomes and implant survivorship. Despite these innovations, many implant manufacturers still consider a preoperative coronal plane deformity greater than 10° a relative contraindication to TAA. Without proper intraoperative alignment, these implants may experience abnormal wear and hardware failure.

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New procedure relieves plantar fasciiti, other tendon pain syndromes

April 21, 2015

Every morning, Tom Leuck woke with pain in his foot so excruciating it hurt to get up and walk.

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Why studying microbiomes may help in the treatment of diabetic neuropathy

April 21, 2015

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS writes, “I had finally had made it back from my much delayed next visit to the Super Brain, the Bari Tass. At first, I did not know what to make of what it had told me

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Ultrasound-guided alcohol injection for Morton’s neuroma

April 21, 2015

Ultrasonography-guided alcohol injection of Morton’s neuroma represents an alternative to operative treatment. Nonetheless, the literature only reports few small studies evaluating the effectiveness of the treatment. The aim of the present retrospective study was to assess the effectiveness of USGAI to treat Morton’s neuroma in 508 patients at 2 medical centers.

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Hallux valgus and plantar pressure measurement

April 21, 2015

Researchers and clinicians have found that plantar pressure assessment can help document the dynamic effects of hallux valgus surgery, postoperative physical therapy, and footwear or orthotic interventions, particularly in cases involving less than optimal results after surgery.

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SGR is dead. What happens next?

April 21, 2015

Virtually every member of Congress who voted for H.R.2 can tell his or her constituents, in all honesty, that the bill keeps the doors open for critical healthcare programs in their districts. After more than a decade of teeth gnashing, hand wringing, and ululating, the nation’s physicians and other frontline providers can take comfort in knowing that Medicare’s hated Sustainable Growth Rate funding formula has been euthanized, with a DNR attached for good measured

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