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Podiatric Dermatology
By Joseph Vella, DPM
A 50-year-old female with a history of type 2 diabetes mellitus and prior skin cancer presented with a chief concern of a painful “growth” on her right foot, which had been present for one year. She…
Longitudinal Melanonychia
By Bryan C. Markinson, DPM, FASPD
Given the common nature of longitudinal melanonychia, the potential link to melanoma in some cases and the varied differential diagnosis, this author offers salient diagnostic insights, assesses the…
Here one can see a subject with psoriasis at baseline prior to treatment. (Photo courtesy of Ortho Dermatologics)
Psoriasis
By Tracey C. Vlahovic, DPM, FFPM, RCPS (Glasg)
Psoriasis can commonly appear on the lower extremities but much of the literature does not address this condition in this anatomic area. Accordingly, this author shares three recent studies and their…
Actinic Keratosis
By Myron Bodman, DPM
Given the common nature of actinic keratosis, increasing incidence in older patients and the potential risk of progressing to squamous cell carcinoma, this author reviews risk factors, essential…
onychoydystrophy
By M. Joel Morse, DPM
Abnormal toenails are a common concern among podiatric patients. In a thorough review of the literature on dystrophic toenails, this author emphasizes key principles in the diagnostic workup,…
onychoydystrophy
By Kristine Hoffman DPM, FACFAS
A 35-year-old female presented to our clinic with a concern of “ingrowing toenails.” The patient reported pain and inflammation surrounding the first, second and third toenails of her right foot as…
Dermoscopy
By Tracey C. Vlahovic, DPM, FFPM RCPS (Glasg)
The precise use of dermoscopy can make a difference in getting an accurate diagnosis of nail disease. This author offers practical pearls in using dermoscopy to get a clear clinical picture of…
By Brian McCurdy, Managing Editor
Conventional and molecular techniques can aid podiatric physicians in accurately diagnosing nail dystrophy. Fungal nail polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology is a real time molecular DNA test…
For podiatrists, a previously excluded group of patients do not have to automatically be excluded anymore from the use of oral antifungals.
Antifungals
By Alecia Williams, DPM
While appropriate workup and liver function testing are key when considering oral antifungal use, this author says new medications for hepatitis C could open up the possibility of oral antifungal use…
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