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6,986 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
11,651 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
4,157 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

5,247 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

9,048 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

9,680 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

8,364 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
Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor
8,532 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
6,406 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
By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor
5,592 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