News and Trends

5,219 reads | 0 comments | 11/22/2013
A number of existing classification systems for threatened lower extremities gauge patients’ ischemia but can fail to consider factors such as tissue loss or the extent of infection. A new system, recently published online in the Journal of Vascular Surgery, proposes to classify at-risk limbs with a broader range of criteria. | Continue reading

3,767 reads | 0 comments | 10/22/2013
While there has been controversy over the years about the use of nerve decompression for diabetic sensorimotor polyneuropathy, a recent study in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association concludes that the risk of recurrent ulcers following the procedure is low. | Continue reading

6,959 reads | 0 comments | 09/24/2013
Patients who experience Achilles tendon ruptures face a high incidence of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) both before and following surgical treatment, according to a recent study in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery. | Continue reading

5,345 reads | 1 comments | 08/15/2013
Patients with diabetes can be at risk for re-ulceration, making prevention a top priority. A recent study in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association notes that custom orthotics can reduce plantar pressures and prevent subsequent ulcers. | Continue reading

4,960 reads | 0 comments | 07/22/2013
Changes in Medicaid reimbursement in Arizona have led to adverse consequences for patients with diabetes, according to an abstract recently presented at the American Diabetes Association annual meeting. | Continue reading

6,166 reads | 0 comments | 06/25/2013
The percutaneous plantar fasciotomy has the advantage of being less invasive than other fasciotomy techniques but how does it compare in its ability to get patients back on their feet quicker with less pain? | Continue reading
Danielle Chicano, Editorial Associate
4,771 reads | 0 comments | 04/23/2013
“Just as we were peaking, when the bulk of the runners were coming in (the medical tent), that’s when all hell broke loose,” explains Howard Palamarchuk, DPM, as he recalls the moments surrounding the first blast at this year’s Boston Marathon. | Continue reading

4,335 reads | 0 comments | 04/19/2013
Although a recent study concludes that hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is not effective for healing diabetic wounds, several physicians note that HBOT does have a benefit as an adjunctive treatment for non-healing diabetic foot ulcers. | Continue reading

4,668 reads | 0 comments | 03/25/2013
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) has been a time-tested and effective treatment for Achilles tendinopathy. However, combining ESWT with platelet rich plasma (PRP) may be a particularly effective treatment, according to a new poster abstract that was recently presented at the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) Annual Scientific Conference. | Continue reading

3,890 reads | 0 comments | 02/26/2013
The Department of Health and Human Services has modified the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) with changes that affect both patient access to records and security protocols at podiatry practices. | Continue reading