Ensuring Your Patients Get A Safe Pedicure This Summer

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
5/29/13 | 2806 reads | 0 comments
As sandal season rapidly approaches, our patients will rush to the nail salons. My current and former students know that I am an anti-pedicure kind of gal and a fan of Death by Pedicure by Robert Spalding, DPM (http://justfortoenails.com/death_by_pedicure.html ). Read More.

When Rashes Do Not Seem To Respond To Treatment

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
4/29/13 | 2530 reads | 0 comments
All of us have experienced a patient whose red, scaly rash has not responded to our prescription topical therapy. Not only is this challenging to us as practitioners but also to the patient. Failure to respond to conventional therapy warrants a skin biopsy. Read More.

Podiatric Dermatology Quiz: What Is Your Diagnosis Of This Rash?

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
1/28/13 | 3378 reads | 3 comments
Can you identify the condition in the photo on the left? This systemic vasculitis is characterized by purpura, abdominal pain, hematuria and arthritis. Approximately 75 percent of cases occur in children under the age of 12. The rash primarily involves the lower extremities and buttocks. Which of the following is your diagnosis? a) Morphea b) Henoch-Schonlein Purpura c) Pigmented Purpuric Dermatoses Read More.

Podiatric Dermatology Quiz: What Is Your Diagnosis Of This Lesion?

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
12/3/12 | 3101 reads | 4 comments
Can you identify the lesion in the photo on the left? Read More.

Can A Novel Felt Pad Help Offload Plantar Ulcers?

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
10/29/12 | 3336 reads | 1 comments
On my recent journey to the Society for Chiropodists and Podiatrists 100th Anniversary Conference and Exhibition in Glasgow, Scotland, I saw the exhibit hall display for Hapla (Cuxson Gerrard) felt. My U.K. mentor, Dr M. Tariq Khan, PhD, uses this in his podiatric clinic. When I spent time training with Dr. Khan years ago, he introduced me to the Hapla 3D system. Read More.

Podiatric Dermatology Quiz: Can You Identify This Condition?

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
9/26/12 | 3760 reads | 6 comments
Can you identify the condition in the photo on the left? Read More.

Should We Do Patch Testing Prior To Using Metal Implants In Patients With Reported Sensitivity?

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
9/7/12 | 3854 reads | 1 comments
Have you ever had a post-op patient with a metal implant who suddenly developed a rash, pain or loosening of the implanted device? I have had patients develop both a rash and pain following metal implantation, but attributed it to a Vicryl reaction as their reactions eventually resolved after treatment. I still stand by that diagnosis but after reviewing a recent article in the Archives of Dermatology, I feel compelled to delve deeper into the allergy section of my patient interview prior to surgical planning.1 Read More.

Podiatric Dermatology: What Is Your Diagnosis?

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
7/27/12 | 3435 reads | 6 comments
Can you identify the condition shown in the photo on the left? Read More.

Addressing Misconceptions Of Patients On Tanning And Sunscreen

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
6/22/12 | 3789 reads | 0 comments
As summer officially begins this week, patients may need reminders about the importance of protecting their skin from sunburn, particularly oft-neglected areas such as the feet. I feel compelled to discuss the myths of tanning and sunscreen as outlined by Sandra Fryhofer, MD, on Medscape’s Medicine Matters.1 Two years ago, I discussed sunscreens more in depth (http://goo.gl/ufVhB ), but I would like to take this time to go through the most common misconceptions about sun exposure. Chances are, you probably hear these lines from your patients from time to time. Read More.