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4,732 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

5,200 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

5,555 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

8,725 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

6,850 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
11,437 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
4,042 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

5,150 reads | 0 comments | 02/26/2009
Study Examines Shoelace Patterns On Running Shoes By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor    Before hitting the track, runners must take various factors into account to streamline their performance. A recent study in the Journal of Sports Medicine explores how different shoelace patterns can affect the biomechanics of runners.    According to the study, researchers evaluated 20 experienced runners and the influence of shoelace tightness and the number of laced eyelets upon foot pronation during contact, tibial acceleration and plantar pressure di | Continue reading

8,782 reads | 0 comments | 01/30/2009
By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor    Given that osteomyelitis can have serious consequences in the diabetic foot, a recently published study online in Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice identifies several risk factors that may facilitate earlier diagnosis of bone infection.    Researchers studied 1,666 patients with diabetes from two large primary care facilities in south Texas. They defined osteomyelitis as a positive culture from a bone specimen. Over a mean follow-up period of 27.2 months, 151 patients developed foot infections and 30 of these p | Continue reading

9,405 reads | 1 comments | 12/30/2008
APMA Creates New Surgical Affiliate By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor    Following the American Podiatric Medical Association’s (APMA) parting of ways with the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS), the APMA has established its own new surgical affiliate, the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons (ASPS).    The ASPS has a goal of “promoting the advancement of podiatric surgery through education and research,” according to a recent edition of the APMA e-news. The new surgical affiliate will operate under its own bylaws and will | Continue reading