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Understanding your customers to make your practice successful
Podiatry Today
Like it or not, our patients are our "customers." As healthcare in the United States has evolved, so has the doctor-patient relationship. It is a foolish physician or medical group that doesn't appreciate that patients are customers. No matter what kind of foot and ankle care you are providing, understanding the importance of treating your customer well goes a long way to maintaining a successful business and be sure to understand that your practice is a business.
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Researchers examining new paths to treat pain and inflammation
By Dorothy L. Tengler
Pain of any type — whether acute or chronic — is the most frequent reason for physician consultation in the United States, prompting half of all Americans to seek medical care annually. Although separate conditions, pain and inflammation are nearly always associated with each other. Despite the prevalence of these conditions, the primary options available for their treatment have changed surprisingly little in recent years. Steroids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and opiates are still the mainstay treatments, although all have their drawbacks.
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Resistance is useful: Ankle band activates hip during landing
Lower Extremity Review
Wearing a resistance band around the ankles during jump landings is associated with increased hip abduction moments and gluteus medius activation, and may be a more functional alternative to the therapeutic exercises typically used to train the same muscles, according to research from the University of Wyoming in Laramie.
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Epidemiology of stress fracture injuries among US high school athletes, 2005-2006 through 2012-2013
The American Journal of Sports Medicine
High school athletes in the United States sustain millions of injuries annually, approximately 10 percent of which are fractures. However, there is no clear estimate of the number of stress fractures sustained by high school athletes annually despite reports that stress fractures account for 0.7 percent to 20 percent of injuries seen in sports medicine clinics. This suggests a high utilization of resources for a potentially preventable injury. In addition, stress fractures have been associated with low energy availability and disordered eating in young athletes, highlighting the importance of early recognition and intervention.
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The best products to avoid bunion surgery
The Huffington Post
Those wishing to avoid bunion surgery often search for the best product to get rid of the boney prominence at the base of the big toe. Because a bunion is a structural malalignment problem at the big toe joint, a majority of products are aimed at alleviating the symptoms. Some products address the bone position but act to limit progression rather than cause reversal. The only method to truly correct a bunion is with bunion surgery, but much can be done to manage the symptoms and avoid surgery.
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New research to target physician attitudes toward payment reform
Amid the ongoing shift from fee-for-service healthcare reimbursement to value-based payments, much remains unknown about how clinicians' mindsets and behaviors will also change as new models unfold. In search of these answers, two North­eastern Uni­ver­sity fac­ulty mem­bers at the Center for Health Policy and Health­care Research began a pilot study this fall in which they interview physi­cians and staff at about 10 prac­tices in Mass­a­chu­setts that are part of the New Eng­land Quality Care Alliance, according to a post from the university. The research is funded by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
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Women, blacks at greater risk for bunions
MedPage Today
A large cohort study has confirmed several risk factors associated with hallux valgus: female sex, African-American race, older age, pes planus and knee/hip osteoarthritis (OA). The study, published online in Arthritis Care and Research found the highest prevalence of hallux valgus in African-American women: 70 percent.
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Should high heels foot all the blame?
Brisbane Times
We've all read about them - terrible problems caused by terrible heels. Pump bumps, bunions and hammer toes – the price we pay for bad shoe choices. But no one's hanging up their heels just yet. It seems Carrie Bradshaw's devotion to her Manolo Blahnik pumps may have rubbed off on the rest of us, only fuelling our determination to balance our weight on a spear, risking foot damnation in the process.
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When your new physician is underperforming
Physician's Practice
Let's face it, medicine is a business. If your new physician isn't productive, your practice will suffer. Here are some strategies to speed things up. Your practice did its essential due diligence when interviewing new physicians. You vetted each candidate and carefully made your decision. The new physician has been on board six months now, and still isn't up to speed. He rarely sees more than 12 patients a day, and even then he falls behind. At this rate he is unable to cover his salary, let alone his share of the overhead costs. So what can you do?
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The effectiveness of footwear and other removable off-loading devices in the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers: A systematic review
Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews via PubMed
This aim of this study is to conduct a systematic review which examined the effectiveness of footwear and other removable off-loading devices as interventions for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers or the alteration of biomechanical factors associated with ulcer healing and to discuss the quality and interpret the findings of research to date.
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