Rethinking Warm-Up Exercises For The Lower Extremity For Patients With Active Lifestyles

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
6/28/11 | 4148 reads | 0 comments
Recently, I attended a seminar called “Feet: Our Dynamic Base” given by Eric Franklin, a dancer and movement educator. He elegantly described the biomechanics of the foot and ankle to an audience mostly consisting of Pilates instructors, dancers and laypeople. Those who know me well are familiar with my background as a trained dancer who ultimately became a Latin ballroom dancer, which greatly fueled my interest in podiatric medicine. It was logical to me as a dancer to pursue a field of medicine that I could truly relate to. Read More.

Key Insights On Treating Marine-Related Injuries To The Lower Extremity

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
4/19/11 | 3230 reads | 0 comments
Trout season has just begun in Pennsylvania and it made me wax poetic for the Goldfarb Foundation’s Montana conference, which combines fly fishing and continuing education lectures. During this past year’s conference in Missoula, Mt., I caught a lovely 20-inch brown trout and I got hooked on a new sport (pun intended). Read More.

Key Insights On Diagnosing And Treating Cold Injuries To The Lower Extremity

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
2/2/11 | 3459 reads | 1 comments
This winter has so far been particularly harsh to the Northeast and to the rest of the United States as even Las Vegas got snow recently. Accordingly, I thought it would be fitting to review the most common cold weather injuries that manifest on the lower extremities. As I call it, this is a cursory list of things that make toes blue. Read More.

Recognizing And Treating Nail Trauma Caused By Ill-Fitting Shoes

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
11/3/10 | 7754 reads | 1 comments
When I think of Lady Gaga, besides the mental image of the “meat dress” and the like, I can’t help but ponder those incredible, unwearable feats of fashion engineering known as the “Armadillo” shoes by the late, great Alexander McQueen (see ). Read More.

Representing The Foot In Works Of Art

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
8/26/10 | 5499 reads | 0 comments
When I was visiting the “Late Renoir” exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art recently, I marveled at the paintings and sculptures the artist made late in his career. Of course while I was walking from painting to painting, I studied the shape of the foot and ankle in those artworks and I recalled what someone said to me years ago: “The foot and the hand are the most difficult to draw.” Read More.

Emphasizing The Importance Of Sunscreen On The Lower Extremity

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
6/23/10 | 4271 reads | 1 comments
It is that time of year when my tan lines begin to show. No, I am not talking about the ones on my shoulders, I am talking about the ones from my Birkenstock® sandals. Even before my whole world became filled with lower extremity dermatology, I have always been emphatic about wearing sunscreen. However, I, too, from time to time have fallen into the majority of people who forget to coat the surfaces of their feet with SPF 15 or higher. Read More.

Which Dermatological Vehicle Is Best For Your Patient?

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
4/22/10 | 4671 reads | 0 comments
Topical dermatological products allow direct treatment of a skin condition with fewer side effects than those associated with systemic agents. These products have a key component in addition to the active ingredient: the vehicle. The dermatological vehicle houses and supports the active ingredient. Read More.

Recognizing The Potential Impact Of Stress With Skin Conditions

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
2/25/10 | 2955 reads | 0 comments
How many times has a new or established patient presented to you with a new onset skin rash that was acute and angry in nature? As you are digging deeper with your patient interview, you find that a large stress (or stressors) has occurred in that person’s life. Sources of stress may include unemployment, divorce, a new baby, etc. Read More.

A Closer Look At Current Biologics For Psoriasis

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
12/22/09 | 3911 reads | 1 comments
Approximately 2 percent of the U.S. population have psoriasis, which can affect skin, nails and joints. Therapies include topical medications (such as corticosteroids and moisturizers), oral medications (methotrexate and cyclosporine) and phototherapy (PUVA and UVB). Targeted systemic therapies, typically known as “the biologics,” have been gathering momentum in the treatment of psoriasis. I have personally seen significant improvement in the quality of life for some of my patients on various biologics. Read More.