Volume 23 - Issue 12 - December 2010
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Hammertoe surgery is not without its complications as reportedly 17 percent of patients are dissatisfied with their post-op results. Accordingly, these authors review key anatomical points and essential biomechanical considerations to help ensure appropriate procedure selection and favorable post-op outcomes.
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