Volume 25 - Issue 10 - October 2012

News and Trends »

October 2012

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As the American population trends toward becoming more overweight and obese, such patients may have a greater risk for musculoskeletal problems such as ankle fractures. A recent study in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery concludes that obese patients have a higher risk of sustaining a more proximal distal fibula fracture.



Diabetes Watch »

Understanding How Diabetes Affects Patient Response To Medications

Robert G. Smith DPM, MSc, RPh, CPed | 7614 reads | 0 comments

Diabetes mellitus is associated with a progression of microvascular and macrovascular complications.1,2 It is understandable that with the progression of these diabetes-related complications, the consumption of medications to prevent and treat them would be greater in comparison to those age-matched individuals without diabetes mellitus.3,4 Often, the use of medication by patients with diabetes is frequent and in many cases involves highly potent drugs or pharmaceuticals with narrow therapeutic ranges.5



Dermatology Diagnosis »

Treating A Patient With A Nail Unit Tumor

Tracey Vlahovic, DPM | 8651 reads | 0 comments

A 14-year-old male who plays football and basketball presents with what he believes is another toenail growing on top of his nail. It is an isolated mass superficial to the hallux nail plate that has been present for about six months.



Orthotics Q&A »

Keys To Prescribing Orthotics For Sports, Neuromas And High Heels

Guest Clinical Editor: Joseph D’Amico, DPM | 8041 reads | 0 comments

These experienced panelists discuss the unique challenges of fabricating orthotics and creating modifications for various types of sports, high heels and Morton’s neuroma.



Practice Builders »

Is A Group Practice Without Walls Right For You?

Kevin McDonald, DPM | 22394 reads | 0 comments

Economic and regulatory forces are leading to the consolidation of medical practices across the country. Hospital systems are acquiring primary care practices, multispecialty clinics are clamoring for their share of the pie and single specialty medical mega-groups are coming together to grab market share across geographic areas. It is now rare for young doctors completing their training to open up an independent office.



Technology In Practice »

Can Amniotic Membrane Graft Have An Impact In Lower Extremity Surgery?

Danielle Chicano, Editorial Associate | 3834 reads | 0 comments

While there are a number of membrane and skin grafts on the market, many do not provide podiatric surgeons with the versatile, nourishing and regenerative properties found in Neox™ amniotic membrane grafts, according to the manufacturer Amniox Medical.