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Fibular Nailing Seems an Effective Strategy to Decrease Treatment Crude Costs for AO-Type 44B Ankle Fractures in Elderly Patients

May 1, 2016

In the article, “Health Care Usage and Related Costs in Fibular Plating for AO Type 44-B Ankle Fractures in a Belgian University Hospital: An Exploratory Analysis,” which appears in this issue (1), we show that the costs for the operative treatment of unstable ankle fractures (AO type 44-B) strongly correlate with the length of stay (LOS) of the patient. In turn, the LOS itself is influenced not only by easily objectifiable variables such as treatment type and patient age but also by more difficult to measure parameters such as the level of process standardization and individual preferences of the surgeon, the patients, and their families.

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Reducing Shear Pressure To Facilitate Healing Of A Dorsal Foot Wound

April 28, 2016

Issue Number:  Volume 29 – Issue 5 – May 2016 Author(s):  Lakshmi K. Shankhdhar, MD, PGDND, DMRE, MAMS, FICN, FHMI (Boston), Kshitij Shankhdhar, MBBS, MD, Dip Diab, FICN, FAPWCA, Uma Shankhdhar, MBBS, DND, DDM, and Smita Shankhdhar, MBBS, MUPMA, MICN These authors address the impact of shear forces in the treatment of a dorsal ulcer initially caused by a toe ring worn by a 61-year-old patient. Section:  Online Exclusive

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Key Insights On Selecting Lasers For Your Practice

April 28, 2016

Issue Number:  Volume 29 – Issue 5 – May 2016 Author(s):  Kerry Zang, DPM, FACFAS Taking a critical look at manufacturer claims, this author provides keys to differentiating between heating and non-heating lasers. As a practitioner, I am constantly being bombarded by ads, sales representatives and articles stating how great laser therapy is, and that lasers can treat almost every condition in the world

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How To Handle The Difficult Patient

April 22, 2016

Issue Number:  Volume 29 – Issue 5 – May 2016 Author(s):  Jarrod Shapiro, DPM While it may be tempting to write off certain patients as “difficult,” the truth is more complicated as such patients may have psychosocial reasons for their behavior. This author details the physician’s role with challenging patients, how to make patient encounters positive and how to de-escalate the situation when patients get hostile.   Section:  Feature

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Keys To Correcting Cavus Foot Deformities

April 22, 2016

Issue Number:  Volume 29 – Issue 5 – May 2016 Author(s):  Bradley M. Lamm, DPM, FACFAS, Jessica Knight, DPM, and Emily Pugh, DPM Section:  Feature

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Bone Growth Stimulation: What The Evidence Reveals

April 21, 2016

Issue Number:  Volume 29 – Issue 5 – May 2016 Author(s):  Allen Jacobs, DPM, FACFAS In a thorough review of the literature, this author details current and investigational uses, discusses a variety of modalities and assesses the quality of evidence for bone growth stimulation.    There are a variety of techniques one may employ to enhance bone healing and surgeons are increasingly utilizing these techniques to assist with fracture healing, and help improve outcomes with arthrodesis and osteotomy procedures. Section:  Feature

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Meet J. Monroe LaBoarde, MD — Today at 9 PM ET

April 12, 2016

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Key pointers on increasing orthotic arch height

April 12, 2016

There are a couple of options to increase arch height on an orthosis but first, let us discuss arch height for a moment. A number of studies indicate that orthoses that conform closely to the arch of the foot are likely to be more effective at treating many of the most common complaints (including plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia and hallux limitus) that we treat with foot orthoses.

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Paper tape can help prevent foot blisters

April 11, 2016

Press Release: Paper tape can help prevent foot blisters Researchers followed ultramarathon runners around the world to test whether low-cost paper tape could reduce debilitating and painful blisters.

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Meet Paul Kesselman, DPM — today at 9 p.m. ET

April 5, 2016

Dr. Paul Kesselman will be the guest on today’s Meet the Masters audio-conference (at 9 PM ET) with host, and former ACFAOM president, Bret Ribotsky, DPM, FACFAOM. Dr

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