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  • May 2009 | Volume 22 - Issue 5
    Tracey C. Vlahovic, DPM, FAPWCA
    24,348 reads | 0 comments | 04/23/09
    General guidelines for obtaining biopsies of skin lesions are few and far between. These techniques are also often underutilized in podiatric practice. Accordingly, this author offers a helpful primer on when and how to perform punch, incisional and excisional biopsies.    Why does a physician perform a skin biopsy? Often skin neoplasms and inflammatory conditions look alike and are clinically confusing. In these cases, a biopsy can facilitate a histopathologic diagnosis, which helps to support the treatment plan.1    Obtaining a skin bi... continue reading
    Bob Baravarian, DPM
    49,492 reads | 0 comments | 04/23/09
    Although plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, one should not overlook other possible etiologies. Accordingly, this author reviews pertinent keys to the patient history, physical exam and diagnostic testing that can help facilitate an accurate diagnosis.    Plantar fasciitis is by far the most common cause of heel pain. Given the high number of cases reported per year, it is not uncommon for a doctor to diagnose a patient with plantar fasciitis without paying adequate attention to other potential causes of heel pain.    It is ... continue reading
    Patrick DeHeer, DPM, and Eugenia Achramowicz, DPM
    15,870 reads | 0 comments | 04/23/09
    Locking compression plates have a number of advantages over conventional plate fixation and may provide ideal fixation for fusions of the first metatarsophalangeal joint. Accordingly, these authors examine the merits of these devices and offer salient surgical pearls.    Arthrodesis of the first metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ) is a well-documented, reliable and reproducible procedure for many pathologies of the first MPJ. Advances in fixation technique have led to even better results over the past 10 to 15 years and the recent advent of locking compression plates (LC... continue reading