Volume 19 - Issue 12 - December 2006

Continuing Education »

Exploring Current Approaches To Plantar Warts

By Harvey Lemont, DPM | 112634 reads | 0 comments

      In general, plantar warts are very difficult to treat and pose a certain challenge to physicians and their patients. Both physicians and patients should not be discouraged by an initial poor result. With proper communication between the doctor and patient, one can achieve realistic outcomes.

      Too often, doctors downplay treatment, only to be reproached by a frustrated and angry patient who received unrealistic expectations. For example, the treatment of chemosurgery using acids may take as long as six weeks. If the warts resolve in three weeks, the



Dermatology Diagnosis »

Treating A Patient With Blisters And Papules On The Soles

By Gary “Dock” Dockery, DPM, FACFAS | 70891 reads | 0 comments

      A 29-year-old Caucasian female patient presented in consultation in the foot and ankle clinic regarding a six-week history of erythematous vesicles and papules on the soles. She reported intense pruritus. Her primary care physician told her that she had a case of “athlete’s feet” and that she should use an over-the-counter (OTC) antifungal cream. After two weeks of treatment with antifungal cream, the patient had no improvement.



Forum »

Taking Pride In Being 'Just A Podiatrist'

By John H. McCord, DPM | 4604 reads | 0 comments

    I am a podiatrist plain and simple. I use the word podiatrist when people asked about my occupation or specialty. That is a struggle for some of my colleagues in this profession.

    Many say, “I am a physician and surgeon of the ankle and foot (and in some states, parts of the leg).” It sounds like a box of chicken parts in the meat counter of a supermarket.

    I like using the word podiatrist. This gives me a marketing opportunity when another person is not familiar with our profession.

    I went to a podiatry sch



Letters »

Authors: Orthoses Study Is 'Most Rigorous Of Its Kind'

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    We read with interest an article recently published in Podiatry Today, “Are Orthoses Effective Against Plantar Fasciitis In The Long Run?” (see page 8, September 2006). As the study investigators referred to in this article, we cannot let the opportunity pass to clear up some misconceptions presented in this article.1 In particular, we want to correct certain statements made by Russell Volpe, DPM, and Ronald Valmassy, DPM, regarding the research undertaken in our study.

    In the article, Dr. Volpe suggests that, “The fact that ort



News and Trends »

Survey: One-Third Of Hispanic Patients Exhibit Warning Signs Of Diabetes

By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor | 12302 reads | 0 comments

    Podiatrists often face the challenge of patients with diabetes who are unaware they have the disease. A new survey commissioned by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) discovers that such problems are particularly challenging among Hispanic-American patients, finding that a significant percentage of this patient population exhibits the warning signs of the disease.



Editor's Perspective »

The FDA: Where Do We Go From Here?

By Jeff Hall, Executive Editor | 1619 reads | 0 comments

    How bad have things gotten at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)? When you consider some of the recent reports and developments over the past few months, it is clear that the FDA has significant credibility issues.

    In June, a report by U.S. Rep. Henry A. Waxman revealed some eye-opening trends in FDA enforcement actions in recent years. According to the report, which reportedly involved an investigation and review of copious internal agency enforcement documentation, there was a greater than 50 percent decrease from 2000 to 2005 in the number of FDA



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