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  • December 2010 | Volume 23 - Issue 12
    Ronald Sage, DPM
    12,017 reads | 0 comments | 11/30/10
    At the recent annual meeting of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), Gibson and colleagues presented an elegant study confirming what is well known to all podiatric physicians. In patients with diabetes, the study authors noted that “care by podiatrists appears to prevent or delay lower extremity amputation and hospitalization.”1 ... continue reading
    Bora Rhim, DPM
    14,740 reads | 0 comments | 11/30/10
    It has been estimated that more than 1 million visits have been made to office-based physicians and hospital outpatient departments each year for plantar heel pain.1 For foot and ankle surgeons, much of their practice time entails treating plantar heel pain. The literature has described plantar fasciitis as a painful heel with inflammation of the plantar fascia at the proximal insertion of the plantar fascia to the calcaneus.2 In 2003, Lemont and colleagues reported histologic findings of 50 cases of heel spur samples from surgery for chronic plantar fasciitis.3 In all of the samples, there was no histopathologic evidence of inflammation. Instead, the study authors observed degenerative changes to the plantar fascia. ... continue reading
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    Kevin A. Kirby, DPM
    5,057 reads | 1 comments | 11/22/10
    Recently, while on a flight to attend a podiatric conference, I decided to pass the time by skimming through the pages of one of our popular podiatry magazines in the hopes that I may find some inspiration for a subject to discuss in this column. It did not take long to find something within the magazine that inspired me. ... continue reading

    4,548 reads | 0 comments | 11/19/10
    Emerging research and clinical experience suggest that metatarsal head resurfacing can be a viable option for facilitating pain relief in patients with hallux rigidus. The HemiCAP® system (Arthrosurface) allows podiatric surgeons to treat localized cartilage lesions and major joint defects that cause toe joint pain, according to the manufacturer. Comprised of three-dimensional mapping technology, a set of instruments to map and prepare the damaged area, and a chrome and titanium implant, the HemiCAP system enables one to precisely align the surface of the implant to the contours of the patient’s articular cartilage surface. ... continue reading

    10,496 reads | 0 comments | 11/19/10
    Prefabricated orthoses can provide improved support and other key benefits for patients with conditions such as plantar fasciitis. In addition to sharing their insights on OTC devices, these expert panelists provide pearls from their experience on common orthotic modifications that can have an impact. Q: Do OTC orthotics play a role in your practice? If so, how much and what do you look for in an OTC device? ... continue reading
    Tracey Vlahovic, DPM, FAPWCA
    17,201 reads | 0 comments | 11/19/10
    A 26-year-old male presented with salmon colored annular lesions extending from the dorsum of his feet proximal into his lower extremities bilaterally. He originally thought he had eczema. The patient had no pertinent past medical history or allergies, and no current medications. The patient had not traveled recently and had no recent history of infection. The lesions were mildly pruritic and he had not changed any of his detergents, soaps or anything else in his environment. He did not relate this rash as appearing after any excessive sun exposure recently. He denied fever, chills and joint pain. ... continue reading

    6,081 reads | 1 comments | 11/19/10
    CPME Adopts Three-Year Residency Standard By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor The Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME) recently approved residency changes that spell an end to the two- and three-year PM&S-24 and PM&S-36 programs. Starting July 1, 2011, podiatric residency programs will consist of a standard three-year Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency (PMSR) program. ... continue reading
    Sloan Gordon, DPM, FACFAS
    21,424 reads | 0 comments | 11/19/10
    Given the challenges that rheumatoid arthritis can pose with lower extremity deformities, this author reviews essential diagnostic considerations, offers a primer on common arthritis medications and potential side effects, and provides pertinent insights on surgical procedures that may have an impact. ... continue reading
    Brent D. Haverstock, DPM, FACFAS
    100,670 reads | 0 comments | 11/19/10
    Achilles insertional calcific tendinosis can cause posterior heel pain in both active and sedentary patients, and can be aggravated by activity or footwear. Accordingly, this author reviews keys to diagnosis, offers insights on conservative and surgical treatment, and provides two illuminating case studies. ... continue reading
    William Fishco, DPM, FACFAS
    86,173 reads | 2 comments | 11/19/10
    Treatments for verruca plantaris range from cryotherapy to topical immunomodulators to lasers. Offering insights from the literature as well as his clinical experience, this author weighs the efficacy of various options for treating the common presentation of lower extremity warts. ... continue reading