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5,185 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

8,874 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

9,490 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

8,281 reads | 0 comments | 11/26/2008
Should You Treat Asymptomatic Pediatric Flatfoot? By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor    When encountering a child with asymptomatic flatfoot, it is important to decide whether you should treat the condition or see if the flatfoot will improve on its own. A recent article in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association (JAPMA) examines the effects of orthoses for this condition and provides a framework for treatment.    After reviewing studies on the use of orthoses to treat pediatric flatfoot, the authors of the JAPMA article pres | Continue reading
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8,349 reads | 0 comments | 10/29/2008
Study Suggests Benefit Of Conservative Surgery For Diabetic Foot Osteomyelitis Could conservative surgery have an impact in treating osteomyelitis in the diabetic foot? A recent study published in Diabetologia found that surgery without amputation was successful in nearly half of the patients with diabetic foot osteomyelitis.    In the study, researchers assessed 185 consecutive patients with diabetic foot osteomyelitis and histopathological confirmation of bone involvement. Histopathological analysis revealed that 50.8 percent of patients had acute osteomyeliti | Continue reading
By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor
6,218 reads | 0 comments | 09/30/2008
A decline in the number of graduating podiatric medical students combined with increasing demand for podiatric services could result in a shortage of DPMs, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association (JAPMA). Study authors note that since the late 1990s, podiatric medical schools have experienced a decline in the number of applications, resulting in a decreased number of DPMs per capita in the United States. The study notes that the number of DPM graduates must increase “dramatically” or the supply of podiatrists will not keep up with the de | Continue reading
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5,495 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/2008
Melanoma incidence has been on the rise in Caucasians, especially women, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. Researchers speculate that this may be due to increasing ultraviolet ray exposure.    The authors analyzed Caucasian patients in the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program between 1973 and 2004. Researchers calculated annual age-adjusted incidence and mortality rates of invasive cutaneous melanoma among men and women ages 15 to 39. | Continue reading
Here one can see a fracture in a patient with diabetic neuropathy after she fell. A new study says patients with diabetes face an increased risk of complications following trauma surgery.
By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor
4,945 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/2008

Patients with diabetes face a higher risk of complications in a number of areas. A large study recently published in the Archives of Surgery notes that those with diabetes also face more complications from trauma surgery.

From 1984 to 2002, researchers examined 12,489 patients with diabetes, matching their ages, sex and injury severity with 12,489 non-diabetic patients from 27 Pennsylvania trauma centers. The study concluded that patients with diabetes spent more time in the intensive care unit and received ventilator support for a longer period of time. Twenty-three perc | Continue reading

A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine notes that just 4 percent of physicians surveyed have an extensive and fully functioning electronic medical records (EMR) system while 13 percent said they have a basic EMR system.
By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor
8,856 reads | 0 comments | 08/03/2008

Given the potential benefits of quicker reimbursement and improved productivity, and the need to ensure HIPAA compliance, you would think electronic medical records (EMR) would be in place in the majority of physician practices. How many doctors are actually using the EMR Systems in the office? Not many, according to a recently published survey in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).

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An extensive CDC survey notes that arthritis creates an additional barrier to exercise for patients with diabetes. Cherri Choate, DPM, suggests low-impact water exercises for such patients.
Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor
6,255 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/2008


Getting patients with diabetes to exercise may be an uphill battle due to disease concerns. The combination of arthritis with diabetes can be an additional barrier to activity, according to a large survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC utilized 2005 and 2007 data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), which surveyed hundreds of thousands of people across the United States and its territories. The BRFSS survey indicated that the prevalence of arthritis in adults diagnosed with diabetes was 52 percent. Furthermore

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