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5,613 reads | 0 comments | 12/30/2009
Study Predicts Dramatic Diabetes Increases By 2034 By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor    A new study in Diabetes Care predicts the rate of diabetes will nearly double in the next 25 years and total healthcare spending for diabetes will nearly triple in the same period. | Continue reading

10,189 reads | 0 comments | 11/23/2009
Is Barefoot Running Beneficial Or Detrimental? By Lauren Grant, Assistant Editor    With the emergence of new research and more footwear that simulates barefoot running, the debate seems to be intensifying in the podiatry community about the merits of barefoot running. | Continue reading

5,897 reads | 0 comments | 10/26/2009
Study Examines Effect Of Smoking On Elective Foot Surgery By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor    Although studies have previously shown a link between smoking cigarettes and delayed bone healing, research has until now been scarce on the effects of smoking on elective foot surgery. A recent study in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery finds that bone healing can take as much as 42 percent longer in patients who smoke. | Continue reading

4,792 reads | 0 comments | 09/22/2009
New Federal Rules Address Patient Record Breaches By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor    Podiatry practices already spend a great deal of administrative time complying with the rules of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). However, practices will now need to adjust to new patient privacy provisions that ensure no personal health records are breached. | Continue reading

5,245 reads | 0 comments | 08/24/2009
Online Poll Reveals Initial Hesitance About ASPS Membership By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor    How will the recent establishment of the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons (ASPS) as the new surgical affiliate of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) affect the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) and the profession in general? A recent Podiatry Today online poll provides some preliminary clues. | Continue reading

5,602 reads | 0 comments | 07/28/2009
Online Poll Examines Vascular Workup For Patients With Diabetes By Lauren Grant, Editorial Assistant    Slightly more than one-third of podiatrists surveyed in a recent online poll said they refer 10 to 20 percent of their patients with diabetes for further vascular workup. | Continue reading

8,810 reads | 0 comments | 06/26/2009
Study Cites Link Between Higher Triglycerides And Diabetic Neuropathy By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor    A recently published study in Diabetes suggests a correlation between elevated triglyceride levels and diabetic neuropathy, lending credence to the idea that hyperlipidemia is a factor in the progression of diabetic neuropathy. | Continue reading

6,900 reads | 0 comments | 06/01/2009
Can One-Screw Fixation For Subtalar Joint Fusion Be Effective? By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor    The wide variability of fusion rates for subtalar joint (STJ) arthrodesis has sparked debate about the type, orientation and amount of internal fixation. A recent study suggests the use of one-screw fixation versus two-screw fixation is comparable in regard to nonunion rates for the isolated STJ arthrodesis. | Continue reading
Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor; Lauren Grant, Editorial Assistant
11,511 reads | 0 comments | 04/23/2009
Can Peppering Augment Injections For Plantar Fasciitis? By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor    A new study in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association (JAPMA) concludes that a peppering injection technique can boost the effect of corticosteroids and provide greater pain relief.    The prospective, randomized, multicenter study consisted of 100 patients divided into four groups of equal sizes. Patients in group A received a 2 mL injection of autologous blood. Group B received 2 mL of lidocaine along with peppering injections. | Continue reading
Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor; Lauren A. Grant, Editorial Assistant
4,079 reads | 0 comments | 03/27/2009
Does Diabetes Thwart The Impact Of ESWT For Plantar Fasciitis? By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor    In a recent retrospective study of extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), researchers found a greater than 70 percent success rate in treating plantar fasciitis at three months and 12 months after treatment. The study authors also found that the presence of diabetes or psychological issues may have a negative impact upon ESWT results.    The study, which was recently published in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery (JFAS), offered a retrosp | Continue reading