Although equinus is reportedly “the most profound causal agent in foot pathomechanics,” the phenomenon has yet to be addressed fully in the diabetic foot. Accordingly, these authors discuss the definition of equinus and offer insights on the efficacy of stretching, night splints, a new bracing option, tendo-Achilles lengthening and gastrocnemius recession.
Delays in diagnosing diabetic foot infections can increase the risk of complications. Accordingly, these authors offer a closer look at pertinent principles in the diagnostic workup ranging from insights on the patient history and physical exam to key tips on laboratory studies and imaging studies.
When do you make the transition to advanced modalities for diabetic foot ulcers? With this question in mind, these authors discuss key diagnostic pointers and offer salient insights from the literature on when physicians should consider advanced modalities to facilitate improved healing and outcomes.
Reviewing the evolution of the Evans calcaneal osteotomy, this author discusses the impact on biomechanics, shares insights from the literature on osteotomy placement and bone graft size, and offers pearls on minimizing the risk of common complications.
Given the relatively common incidence of venous insufficiency and the high likelihood of recurrence with venous leg ulcers, these authors offer a thorough review of the literature and share their insights on compression modalities ranging from inelastic (short stretch) bandages to intermittent pneumatic compression therapy.
Given the risks and patient concerns associated with K-wire fixation, these authors discuss the use of emerging hammertoe implants, absorbable pins and cannulated screws, and share a couple of illuminating case studies.
How do you bolster collections at your practice? Ensure processes that prevent poor coding and minimize data entry errors. Have strong procedures in place to follow up with insurance companies and stay on top of patient statements. Incentivize the collections performance of your office staff. With cogent details on these steps and other measures, this author shares salient insights on making collections run more smoothly.
When getting athletes back on their feet following a stress fracture, one must balance the need to return to sport with the need for safe healing. Combining a thorough review of the literature with practical pearls from his clinical experience, this author offers salient diagnostic insights and perspectives on non-weightbearing, bone stimulation and other treatment measures.
Patients with psoriasis can present with multiple levels of involvement and with different types of the chronic condition. Accordingly, this author discusses the presentation of the condition, offers keys to diagnosis and reviews a variety of treatment options, including topical agents and combination therapy.
As healthcare moves further into the digital realm, having a competent electronic medical records (EMR) system becomes a necessity and not just a high-tech toy. This author discusses key attributes to look for in an EMR system, how these systems can streamline the practice and how to decide upon a particular system.