Volume 19 - Issue 12 - December 2006
As the diabetic population continues to swell worldwide, there has also been an increased occurrence of various cutaneous manifestations associated with the disease. Researchers have reported a greater than 30 percent incidence of these disorders and they have been found in up to 70 percent of all patients with diabetes at some point during the course of their illness.1-5 Another problematic statistic for the diabetic population is the fact that 15 percent of all people with diabetes will experience at least one ulceration during their lifetime.6
Continuing Education »
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 »
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.
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
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 »
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.
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