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  • December 2006 | Volume 19 - Issue 12
    A 56-year-old Hispanic female with diabetes underwent an open partial first ray amputation (as shown above) and lower extremity angioplasties. A new study says one-third of Hispanic-American patients exhibit warning signs of diabetes.
    By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor
    12,502 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
        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. ... continue reading
    As one can see, a useful sign that the treatment of monochloroacetic acid is over or near its end is the presence of lymphangitis, swelling and pain. This is not an infection but an inflammatory non-infectious aseptic lymphangitis.
    By Harvey Lemont, DPM
    115,793 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
          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 ... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Executive Editor
    1,682 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
        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... continue reading
    By Gary “Dock” Dockery, DPM, FACFAS
    73,686 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
          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. ... continue reading
    At present, there is no universally accepted perioperative protocol for glycemic control. This is largely attributed to the variety of treatments and level of customization required to optimize the patient.
    By Emily A. Cook, DPM, Jeremy J. Cook, DPM, and Barry I. Rosenblum, DPM
    16,430 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
        As the role of the podiatric service becomes more integral to a multidisciplinary approach to diabetic limb salvage at an increasing number of institutions nationwide, many podiatric surgeons find themselves admitting these patients to their own service. The surgical and anesthesia teams often execute perioperative assessment and preparation, especially in non-elective procedures.     This article serves as a primer in glucose management for podiatric surgeons working in this capacity and in no way supersedes the utility of a medical consult when indicated... continue reading
    By John H. McCord, DPM
    4,884 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
        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... continue reading
    By Kristin Titko, DPM
    7,449 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08

    3,392 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
        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... continue reading
    By Richard T. Bouché, DPM, Peter M. Vincent, DPM, and Katrina Sullivan, DPM
    15,535 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
        The sport of cycling has seen tremendous growth in the past decade. Athletes are utilizing bicycling not only as their primary sport but also as a form of cross training and rehabilitation. As a result of this growth, there has been a corresponding increase in the incidence of non-traumatic (overuse) injuries. Wilber, et. al., found 85 percent of cyclists to be suffering with one or more overuse injuries with the following distribution: neck (48.8 percent), knee (41.7 percent), groin and buttocks (36.1 percent), hand (31.1 percent) and back (30.3 percent).1 &... continue reading
    A pressure mat, such as the MatScan system illustrated at left, contains several thousand sensing elements that allows one to detect multiple discrete plantar pressures and force loading parameters every few milliseconds. (Photo courtesy of Tekscan, Inc.)
    By Kevin A. Kirby, DPM, MS
    59,228 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
        The world of podiatric biomechanics is very different now than when Merton Root, DPM, created the first Department of Podiatric Biomechanics at the California College of Chiropody in San Francisco in 1966.1 During those exciting early years of development within the new subspecialty of “podiatric biomechanics,” Dr. Root and his podiatric colleagues created a classification system, based on the subtalar joint (STJ) neutral position, that remains to this day the most complete method by which to classify the structure of the foot and lower extremity.1,2... continue reading