Volume 22 - Issue 9 - September 2009
Diabetes Watch »
As the prevalence of diabetes mellitus increases worldwide, there will be a concomitant increase in the development of the lower extremity manifestations of the disease process. In the United States alone, there are currently an estimated 24 million patients living with diabetes.1,2 Given the reported 15 percent lifetime incidence for the development of lower extremity ulcerations in this patient population, this equates to approximately 3.6 million diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs).3
News and Trends »
Online Poll Reveals Initial Hesitance About ASPS Membership
By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor
How will the recent establishment of the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons (ASPS) as the new surgical affiliate of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) affect the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) and the profession in general? A recent Podiatry Today online poll provides some preliminary clues.
Yes. Christopher Corwin, DPM says surgical excision, when properly indicated, addresses the cause of os trigonum pain, offers a lower risk of recurrence and facilitates a quick recovery and return to activity.
Medial malleolar irritation and talonavicular irritation are some of the common issues that arise for patients wearing ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs). Accordingly, this author offers salient preventive advice and provides essential pearls for treating complications with functional and gauntlet AFOs when they occur.
Given the increasing prevalence of tinea pedis, this author discusses the various forms of the infection, reviews the current literature on topical antifungal therapy and offers perspective on the role of OTC topicals in the overall management of tinea pedis.
Given the possible dire consequences of melanoma, prompt diagnosis is vital. Accordingly, these authors review the current literature on imaging modalities, discuss appropriate staging and biopsy pearls, and offer a compelling case study.