Volume 22 - Issue 9 - September 2009

Diabetes Watch »

Current Concepts In Offloading Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Ryan H. Fitzgerald, DPM | 14163 reads | 1 comments

   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 »

September 2009

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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.

Point-Counterpoint »

Os Trigonum: Should You Treat It Surgically?

Christopher Corwin, DPM, MS and John Sekel, DPM | 69860 reads | 1 comments

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.

Feature »

How To Address And Prevent Complications With AFOs

Lawrence Huppin, DPM | 12244 reads | 0 comments

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.

Feature »

A Closer Look At Topicals For Tinea Pedis

Warren S. Joseph, DPM, FIDSA | 27193 reads | 0 comments

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.

Feature »

Keys To Diagnosing Lower Extremity Melanomas

Andrew R. Moen, DPM, and Marek E. Zelent, DPM | 15899 reads | 1 comments

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.