Volume 19 - Issue 1 - January 2006
News and Trends »
Researchers of a recent study say assessing microcirculation changes may help predict whether diabetic foot ulcers will heal. The authors of the study, which was published in a recent issue of The Lancet, utilized medical hyperspectral imaging to perform these assessments and add that the new technology may help identify patients with diabetes who are at higher risk for foot ulcers.
Researchers of the study examined 108 patients, including 51 patients with diabetic neuropathy, 36 with diabetes but no neuropathy and 21 control patients without diab
Diabetes Watch »
One will not find combination therapies mentioned in evidence based medicine (EBM) journals or in research trials. In fact, one will rarely find combination therapies mentioned in many trade publications either. Purists often claim this concept presents a mixed message. How can one track performance and outcomes if he or she is using combination therapies? What component worked?
Detractors sometimes call the practice of using combination therapy “the shotgun approach.” They say it does not denote much finesse and represents excess. Proponents weigh i
Treatment Dilemmas »
Tendinosis is one of those diagnostic terms that took me a while to truly understand. People most often use this term in relation to the Achilles complex but tendinosis can be related to any tendon of the foot or ankle. In most cases, tendinosis is associated with the tendons about the ankle and the most commonly affected tendons are the Achilles, posterior tibial and peroneals.
While tendinosis is a very simple concept to explain, it is a far more difficult concept to truly understand and treat. Essentially, tendinosis involves the fraying or scarring of
Most aspects of being a small town podiatrist are easy and pleasant. My patients almost always leave feeling better than when they arrived. Most are grateful and express it with their thanks or occasionally by leaving a batch of freshly baked cookies. I arrive home most evenings with my emotional cup full to the brim. Tonight, I came home on empty.
Earlier this week, a vivacious woman in her mid-30s came to the clinic for help with a mole on the sole of her foot. Her doctor had been concerned when she found it during a routine yearly physical. The lesion
Injuries involving the toe nail bed and adjacent tissues are very common. Acute injuries to these structures are frequently caused by dropping a heavy object on the toe or by stubbing the toe into a solid object. Less common mechanisms of acute injury include nail bed lacerations and puncture wounds. Chronic nail trauma is usually caused by repetitive mechanical pressure associated with hammertoe or claw toe deformities aggravated by weightbearing and shoe gear contact. This can also lead to toe nail and bed hyperkeratosis and nail plate dystrophy.
Tibial stress injuries have become an increasingly frequent reason for visits to sports medicine offices and clinics over the past decade. Unfortunately, these patients often leave the office with a diagnosis of shin splints. This nonspecific “diagnosis” has little clinical usefulness in light of the present day understanding of exercise-induced leg pain and, specifically, tibial stress injuries. The term “shin splints” merely describes a symptom of tibial stress injury and has little clinical or diagnostic value.
Researchers have proposed many
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