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Podiatric Dermatology Quiz: What Is Your Diagnosis?

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Can you identify the type of dermatitis shown in the photo at the left?

The condition depicted is a chronic pruritic skin disorder often associated with a personal or family history of asthma, hay fever, allergic rhinitis and eczema. Most cases first become apparent in early childhood. An onset of the disorder after the age of 14 is uncommon.



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Assessing An Innovative Non-Surgical Treatment For Paronychias

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Have you ever wondered what non-surgical treatment you could do for your patient with a paronychia?

I have had the pleasure of hearing Hiroko Arai, MD, speak multiple times on the subject at the Council for Nail Disorders and the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting. She is a Japanese dermatologist who has pioneered the gutter splint for ingrown nails (sterilized plastic IV tubing fixed with acrylic resin).1 For details and pictures of this procedure, I highly suggest you read this article.



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What You Should Know About Skin Changes In Obese Patients

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A recent article in the British Journal of Dermatology outlined many of the skin conditions that occur in obese patients. As podiatric physicians, we are well aware of the effects of obesity on the lower extremity in relation to biomechanics but allow me to focus on some of the skin conditions in these patients.



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Can HPV Vaccines For Cervical Cancer Have An Effect On Plantar Verruca?

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It is difficult to walk into a physician’s office or turn on the television without hearing about Gardasil® (Merck) or Ceravix® (GlaxoSmithKline). Gardasil is a Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Quadrivalent (Types 6, 11, 16, 18) Vaccine, Recombinant and Ceravix is a Human Papillomavirus Bivalent (Types 16 and 18) Vaccine, Recombinant. These vaccines are ultimately meant to decrease the incidence of cervical cancer by preventing infection from certain HPV types.



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

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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.



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

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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).



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

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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.



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Recognizing And Treating Nail Trauma Caused By Ill-Fitting Shoes

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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 http://www.vogue.co.uk/blogs/the-vogue-blog/articles/091026-alexander-mc...
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Representing The Foot In Works Of Art

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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.”



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Emphasizing The Importance Of Sunscreen On The Lower Extremity

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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.