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  • December 2006 | Volume 19 - Issue 12
    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
    58,514 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
    Here one can see a radiographic view of a severe Charcot foot deformity.
    By Michael S. Downey, DPM, FACFAS
    32,047 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
         Charcot osteoarthropathy remains a chronic, progressive and destructive process that often affects the bony architecture and joints of the foot and ankle, primarily in patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Despite advances in the diagnosis and management of this condition, the deformity continues to be associated with a high incidence of recurrence, treatment failure and resultant morbidity. If left untreated, Charcot foot predictably leads to deformity, ulceration, infection and amputation.      The mainstays of treatment for the Charcot foot hav... continue reading
    This photo shows a possible clinical presentation of acanthosis nigricans with associated vascular etiologies giving rise to cutaneous manifestations.
    By Jared Wilkinson, DPM, Michael Palladino, DPM, and Peter Blume, DPM
    23,596 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
          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 ... continue reading
    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
    12,404 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
    114,350 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
    1,647 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
    72,525 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
    16,237 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
    4,763 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
    7,346 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08