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April 2014

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Can an emerging minimally invasive decompression technique be beneficial for neuromas? A poster abstract presented at the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) Scientific Conference says the technique holds promise and is less time consuming and cumbersome than an endoscopic technique.




Diabetes Watch »

Current Concepts In Total Contact Casting For DFUs

Eric Jaakola, DPM, and Anna Weber, DPM | 1085 reads | 0 comments

The diabetic population in the United States has grown to over 26 million people and 10 to 15 percent of this population will develop a diabetic foot ulceration (DFU).1,2 That would equal 2.6 to 3.9 million diabetic foot ulcerations in this country. Diabetic foot ulcerations precede 85 percent of all non-traumatic lower extremity amputations and it is known that patients with diabetes who have an amputation of the lower extremity will have a mortality rate of 45 percent in the next three to five years.3,4




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Current And Emerging Agents For Tinea Pedis

Tracey Vlahovic, DPM, FFPM RCPS (Glasg) | 2742 reads | 0 comments

There is no shortage of over-the-counter and prescription remedies for tinea pedis. With this in mind, this author takes a look at the research and clinical experience regarding several emerging treatment agents, including new topicals and medical socks.




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Keys To Treating Common Triathlon Injuries

Marybeth Crane, DPM, MS, FACFAS | 1512 reads | 0 comments

The combination of a diehard mindset and the stresses triathletes must endure can lead to repetitive injuries. Accordingly, this author provides a treatment guide for common triathlon injuries such as stress fractures, blisters and Achilles tendonitis.




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Point-Counterpoint: Stretching: Is It Beneficial For Plantar Fasciitis?

Lisa M. Schoene, DPM, ATC, FACFAS, and Stephen Pribut, DPM, FACFAS | 14002 reads | 0 comments

Offering pertinent biomechanical insights, Lisa M. Schoene, DPM, ATC, FACFAS, examines the positive effects of stretching for plantar heel pain and the potential consequences of equinus.

While stretching can be an early treatment for plantar fasciitis, Stephen Pribut, DPM, FACFAS, says it is not always appropriate to recommend stretching to heel pain patients and it can cause harm.




Sports Medicine »

Aging And Athletes: How Exercise Can Make A Difference

Paul Langer, DPM | 663 reads | 0 comments

Increasing awareness of the benefits of exercise and longer lifespans is leading to more older patients seeking care for musculoskeletal injuries. Older individuals are more prone to overuse injuries and are slower to heal. Despite that, most researchers and clinicians agree that the benefits of exercise far outweigh the risks. The volume of research on aging is increasingly showing that there are physical, cognitive and psychosocial benefits to remaining physically active as we age.1