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April 21, 2011 #4,140 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS

IL Podiatrist Provides After-Winter Foot Care Advice

“In the winter, personal grooming seems to stop at the ankle. Most people really don’t pay much attention to their feet when they’re encased in heavy shoes and boots. It’s only when they slip on a pair of sandals for the first time that they realize what a toll the winter has taken on their feet,” said Dr. Megan Leahy, a podiatrist who practices at the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute in Chicago. Dry, cracked skin, discolored toenails and pesky corns and calluses are just some of the indignities the feet can suffer from being cooped up for months in heavy shoes and socks. 

Dr. Megan Leahy

Leahy suggests pampering your feet by using an over-the-counter exfoliating scrub with a sand base to eliminate dry, flaky winter skin. Follow this with a moisturizer containing urea or lactic acid, two ingredients that hydrate the skin and increase circulation. “But never moisturize between the toes,” she cautions. “These areas tend to retain the moisture and that can lead to athlete’s foot.”

Source: Jean Guarino, Chicago Sun-Times [4/19/11]

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AT THE COLLEGES

SMU and UC Davis Students Team to Help Patients in Sacramento

When Thanh Hua, a podiatry student in the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) program at California School of Podiatric Medicine (CSPM), a school within Samuel Merritt University (SMU), set out to create a new healthcare option for the uninsured, she turned to her undergraduate school, UC Davis.  In a conversation with friends, Hua learned that UC Davis School of Medicine has a free community health clinic in the city of Sacramento, Clínica Tepati.  

DPM students Martha Golidk, James Wilk, Thanh Hua, Dr. Amy Duckwolf, Anup Patel, and Tiffany Hoh at the Clinica Tepati in Sacramento.

Clínica Tepati is a student-run clinic, located off of 18th and J Street, staffed by medical and student volunteers of UC Davis School of Medicine. But none of the student volunteers specialized in podiatric medicine. This inspired Hua with the idea to create the “Podiatry Clinic” staffed by DPM students from SMU with the mission to provide free podiatric care and diabetic foot care education to the uninsured and underinsured community living in the Greater Sacramento Area.

Source: Elizabeth Valente, SMU

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ON THE INTERNATIONAL LECTURE CIRCUIT

WA Podiatrists Lecture in the Netherlands

The International Foot & Ankle Foundation was recently represented in the Netherlands at the Foot and Ankle Surgery Congress (Voet-en Enkelchirurgie Congres) hosted by Hallux Academy on April 17th. Dutch podiatrist and Hallux Academy Director, Mano de Kok, invited Dr. Dock Dockery and Dr. Mary Crawford to speak to the 170 podiatrists from the Netherlands and Belgium at the Zonheuvel Hotel and Conference Center, Doorn, Utrecht, in Central Netherlands.  

IFAF Director, Dr. Dock Dockery; IFAF Chair of Medical Advisors, Dr. Mary Crawford; and, Hallux Academy Director, Mano de Kok.

Dr. Dockery spoke on "Fifth Digit Surgery" and "Digital Mucoid Cysts." Dr. Crawford spoke on "Radiographic Techniques of the Foot and Ankle" and "Subluxing 2nd Toe and Plantar Plate Injuries."

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RETIRED PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS

IA Podiatrist Honored as World War II Veteran

All around Iowa's halls of power on Monday afternoon, living history walked. Eighty or so Iowa veterans of World War II filled the gallery and the floor of the Iowa House of Representatives for a proclamation that honors all World War II veterans and commemorates 70 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor - Dec. 7, 1941. 

Dr. James Campbell

For these men, the memories are still fresh. Dr. James Campbell, a retired podiatrist from Clarinda, was there with his daughter, Marilyn Bayless of Shenandoah. He had been a flamethrower with the Marines in the Pacific theater. His daughter said her dad is proud of his military service, and still gets emotional when he talks about it. "I appreciate what they're doing, very thoughtful," Campbell said. Then he paused: "I don't know what I can say, or else I'll break down."

Source: Reid Forgrave, Des Moines Register [4/19/11]

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QUERIES - (MEDICAL/LEGAL)

Query: Insurance Grandfathering

We recently received our annual renewal notice for our office health insurance (i.e., for my employees and myself). In the cover letter from the insurance company, it was mentioned that we have the right to be “grandfathered in” if we keep the same coverage and submit a written request to that effect. I’ve had two conversations with the rep and I still don’t fully understand the significance or insignificance of this option. I was told that if we change any part of our healthcare policy, we could not opt to be grandfathered in under the new federal law. We’re not sure how important it is to have grandfathered status at the expense of being able to pick another more cost-effective policy. If anyone understands this stuff, some clarification would be helpful.

James M. Petko, DPM, Falls Church, VA

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QUERIES - (NON-CLINICAL)

Query: Pecos Registration

Has anyone used a good service for PECOS registration? I sent in the paper forms with the documentation back in October and have been unable to get any information on where my application is in this process. I have had my Medicare number for 30+ years and have been dispensing DME with the proper registration for years. I would like to hire a service now to shepherd my application for PECOS registration, since now, I am completely frustrated with this process. It's time to get someone who has more patience than me to figure out this Byzantine process.

Richard Rees, DPM, Bellaire, TX

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RESPONSES / COMMENTS (CLINICAL) - PART 1

RE: Post-op Nail Complication (Brent Rubin, DPM)
From: Jon Purdy, DPM, Jennifer Ryder, DPM

I had a similar patient who came to me after someone attempted total permanent removal of both hallux nails. All four proximal corners continued to “weep” many months after the procedure. After ruling out infection, I curetteted and phenolized the borders to no avail.

She did mention that she knew she was a “picker” and could not stop messing with her wounds. I’m not sure today if this was something she was doing that prevented the healing. I took her to surgery and excised the borders. She picked at them after surgery, resulting in two successes and two failures. I took her back again, and this time she did her best not to pick at them and finally healed completely.

Jon Purdy, DPM, New Iberia, LA, jpurdy@mindspring.com

Try Nizoral 2% cream. I’ve had a few P&As with delayed healing that had tinea in them, and this worked well.

Jennifer Ryder, DPM, Rapid City, SD, RyderJB@rcmed.net

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RESPONSES / COMMENTS (CLINICAL) - PART 2

RE: Uric Acid Crystals, Post-op
From: Gary S Smith, DPM

The previous letters discussed the treatment of gout very well. To treat the acute post-op uric acid crystals, you should soak the foot three times a day in lukewarm water. Remember, these crystals are a salt. A low purine diet has never really been proven to have a huge effect on preventing gout. In a nutshell, gout is a disease of dehydration. When a person has chronic dehydration either from salted drinks, fluid pills, or beer, they tend to be good candidates for an attack.

The uric acid salts are dissolved in your bloodstream just like sugar in your coffee. When the person gets dehydrated the salt precipitates out as a crystal just like sugar in the bottom of a coffee cup when you put too much in it. Besides soaking, you should have your patient drink plenty of water. Guard against infection, and with adequate circulation, this should resolve in three weeks.

Gary S Smith, DPM, Bradford, PA, penndoc@verizon.net

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RESPONSES / COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1

RE: Cryoprobe (Mark Aldrich, DPM)
From: Harold Koehler, DPM, Mohammad Sharif, DPM

I had the original version for about $2,000 and have since abandoned using it. I had nothing but problems with it constantly malfunctioning. The cartridges are expensive and are basically the same ones used in dispensers making whipped cream that cost 50 cents apiece at Bed Bath and Beyond. The only reason I couldn't use the cheap cartridges was that you need a filter with it that you can only get from the Cryoprobe supplier. I was told that upgrading to the newer version for $3,000 more would eliminate all my problems. Once burned, twice shy. I would consider alternatives like the Cryopen.

Harold Koehler, DPM, Auburn Hills, MI, hmkdpm@comcast.net

I have been using the Cryoprobe for about one year and I must say that I'm not too impressed. Most importantly, it has NOT worked well for plantar verrucae which is the reason why I purchased it. It works well on raised lesions on the dorsal foot, but this constitutes the minority of cases. I've had some success with small poros on the plantar aspect of thinned skin individuals. In addition to the starting cost, the cartridges are also expensive. I find myself returning to cantharidine for its ease of use, predictability, and cost-effectiveness.

Mohammad Sharif, DPM, Atlanta, GA, msharif@villagepodiatrycenters.com

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RESPONSES / COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 2

RE: Exogen Bone Healing System (Tip Sullivan, DPM)
From: Simon Young, DPM, Kenneth Meisler, DPM

If Dr. Sullivan or any surgeon thinks that they need a bone stimulator post-operatively, then the procedure should never be done! The only potential reason for post-op use of a bone stimulator, in my opinion, would be in Charcot foot reconstruction, Jones fracture, or repair of a non-union.

Simon Young, DPM, NY, NY, simonyoung@juno.com

Dr. Sullivan said that he is thinking of using a bone stimulator on all osteotomies, even low risk ones to get people walking more quickly.  It is a waste of healthcare dollars to use a bone healing system on low risk osteotomies.  I use them only on cases such as Jones Fractures, with or without ORIF, because of their high risk of non-union. I also would consider using one on a Lapidus where you do not feel you had "perfect" fixation, or perhaps on a patient with an unstable metatarsal fracture that I think will have significant difficulty being non-weight-bearing. 
 
Also, when you prescribe a bone stimulator, you usually have to write a note to justify its use. Sometimes, I have had it written by the  bone stimulator company based on my note and they ask me to sign it. Read what you are signing because it may be an exaggeration. There are many indicated uses for these devices, however, stable osteotomies are not one of them. We shouldn't waste thousands of dollars unnecessarily and then complain that the fees we get for our surgeries are too low. 

Kenneth Meisler, DPM, NY, NY, kenmeisler@aol.com

MEETING NOTICES - PART 2

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YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP

RE: More Malapropisms

Our son is a paramedic, and on one call, he was going over a patient's meds which included "peanut butter ball." When she mentioned that she had seizures, he figured out that the mysterious medication was phenobarbital.

Paul Busman DPM, RN, Clifton Park, NY

Recently, I had a patient who filled out her history form in her own handwriting, and her chief complaint was "a binon and kones on my right foot."  She also stated that she had "ingrown nails" but she cured it with Neosperm. We all got a laugh out of it until we saw her occupation - principal of a middle school. And we wonder why our children aren't being educated?
 
Burton Katzen, DPM, Temple Hills, MD

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