Volume 27 - Issue 1 - January 2014

News and Trends »

January 2014

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A recent study in Diabetes Care suggests that subthreshold depressive episodes are a risk factor for poor health outcomes for patients with diabetes and early monitoring of depressive symptoms may lead to better functioning and quality of life.

Diabetes Watch »

Saying ‘No’ To Patients With Diabetes

Kelly Pirozzi, DPM, and Andrew J. Meyr, DPM | 4531 reads | 0 comments

Patients with diabetes are no strangers to dealing with the complications associated with their disease. As foot and ankle surgeons, we also often face the challenge of treating the complications and sequelae of this pathologic process including lower extremity deformity, non-healing wounds, Charcot neuroarthropathy and infection to name a few.

Wound Care Q&A »

Expert Insights On Offloading Lower Extremity Wounds

Clinical Editor: Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS | 4509 reads | 0 comments

Given that offloading is critical to healing wounds in the lower extremity, these panelists discuss assessment techniques for wounds, favored modalities for offloading diabetic neuropathic ulcers and how to document pressure wounds.

Surgical Pearls »

Correcting The Crossover Toe With Direct Plantar Plate Repair

Kyle S. Peterson, DPM, AACFAS, and Christopher F. Hyer, DPM, MS, FACFAS | 6799 reads | 0 comments

Lesser metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ) pathology is one of the most common conditions affecting the forefoot. Most commonly located at the second MPJ, progressive subluxation and dislocation of the phalangeal base on the metatarsal head primarily results from the disruption of the plantar plate, which often begins as predislocation syndrome.1 Painful dislocation of the toe in the dorsal plane, and less commonly in the medial or lateral planes, causes pain with ambulation and shoegear. Anatomic studies have demonstrated the importance of the plantar plate in stabilization of the MPJ in the sagittal plane.2,3

Technology In Practice »

Medical Food Supplement Offers Active Relief For Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Danielle Chicano, Editorial Associate | 1691 reads | 0 comments

Podiatrists looking to alleviate the pain of diabetic peripheral neuropathy may want to consider adding Metanx to their treatment armamentarium.

Forum »

Navigating Appropriate Boundaries When Patients Ask You To Be Their Trusted Physician

John H. McCord, DPM | 1418 reads | 0 comments

Many podiatrists now refer to themselves as physicians. I guess the word physician is a little more dignified than simply calling ourselves foot doctors or podiatrists. I have always preferred to call myself a podiatrist so I wouldn’t have to explain later that I was actually a limited form of physician and wouldn’t have to hear, “So, you’re not actually a ‘real doctor.’”