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6,443 reads | 0 comments | 03/25/2010
Can PRP Injections Relieve Pain From Chronic Achilles Tendinopathy? By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor    Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections are among the treatment options for the commonly presenting problem of chronic Achilles tendinopathy. Although a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) concludes that PRP does not show a significant benefit for the condition, several DPMs have experienced promising results. | Continue reading

7,626 reads | 0 comments | 02/23/2010
CPME May Extend Residency Requirement To Three Years By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor    The Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME) is proposing longer residency requirements for podiatrists to qualify for advanced certification. The council advocates lengthening the residency duration from two years to three, according to CPME 320 documents posted on | Continue reading

6,890 reads | 0 comments | 02/01/2010
Studies Suggest Possible Link Between CT Scans And Cancer By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor    In recent years, computed tomography (CT) has gained wider usage among podiatrists as a diagnostic tool. However, recently published studies in the Archives of Internal Medicine sound a warning about a potential link between CT scans and cancer.    In the first study, researchers estimated that about 29,000 future cancers could be related to CT scans performed in 2007. | Continue reading

5,697 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

10,312 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

5,996 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

4,898 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

5,350 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

5,690 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

9,002 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