Volume 22 - Issue 8 - August 2009
Diabetes Watch »
Reportedly 23.6 million individuals in the United States (or 8 percent of the American population) are affected by diabetes.1 Many of those with diabetes will develop related comorbidities such as microvascular pathology in the retina, renal glomeruli and peripheral nerves. Other comorbidities include accelerated atherosclerotic microvascular disease affecting arteries that supply the heart, brain and lower extremities.2,3
News and Trends »
Online Poll Examines Vascular Workup For Patients With Diabetes
By Lauren Grant, Editorial Assistant
Slightly more than one-third of podiatrists surveyed in a recent online poll said they refer 10 to 20 percent of their patients with diabetes for further vascular workup.
Managing staff members can add to the challenges that already exist in a busy podiatric practice. This author draws upon her experience to help resolve common issues such as conflicts over staff responsibilities and salary issues.
Managing staff can be challenging. There is no doubt about it. Well, there are various reasons why it can be challenging but there are a couple of common factors when it comes to staff issues.
Yes. Neal Blitz, DPM says the lateral release is a common component of bunion surgery as it aids in bunion correction and assists with reduction of the intermetatarsal angle when surgeons combine this procedure with structural realignment of the first metatarsal.
While bioengineered alternative tissue (BAT) products show promise in the management of complicated lower extremity ulcerations, the variety of these emerging modalities can lead to confusion on appropriate indications and proper use. Accordingly, these authors provide a timely update, suggest the use of new terminology and survey the most recent literature on the efficacy of BAT modalities.
Given the common nature of adult-acquired flatfoot, these authors offer a closer look at the use of popular orthoses and braces in managing the various stages of flatfoot secondary to posterior tibial tendon dysfunction.
A wide assortment of conservative treatment options exists for the treatment of adult-acquired flatfoot (AAF). Unfortunately, there is little research to support the use of one device over another. For many podiatrists, surgical treatment has become the mainstay of treatment for advanced posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD).