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3,872 reads | 0 comments | 05/26/2014
Two recent studies offer bad news and good news about diabetes. One study tracks a continued rise in the incidence of diabetes and stability in the numbers of those with undiagnosed diabetes, and the other study notes a decrease in complications of the disease. | Continue reading

3,112 reads | 0 comments | 04/21/2014
Clostridium difficile. Ryan Fitzgerald, DPM, notes a paucity of data on how best to perform surveillance for C. difficile infections, either in healthcare or community settings. "> Acknowledging the prevalence of healthcare-associated infections, a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine supports the notion that hospitals should consider expanding surveillance and prevention activities against such infections, particularly those caused by Clostridium difficile. | Continue reading

3,229 reads | 0 comments | 03/20/2014
Can an emerging minimally invasive decompression technique be beneficial for neuromas? A poster abstract presented at the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) Scientific Conference says the technique holds promise and is less time consuming and cumbersome than an endoscopic technique. | Continue reading

5,021 reads | 0 comments | 02/24/2014
A new study in Foot and Ankle International finds that platelet rich plasma (PRP) is more effective over a longer time period for patients with plantar fasciitis in comparison with cortisone injections. | Continue reading

4,699 reads | 0 comments | 01/27/2014
When performing a bunionectomy, surgeons have a variety of techniques at their disposal. A Podiatry Today online poll reveals that half of the respondents use the Austin procedure as their most common bunionectomy procedure. | Continue reading

4,676 reads | 0 comments | 12/20/2013
A recent study in Diabetes Care suggests that subthreshold depressive episodes are a risk factor for poor health outcomes for patients with diabetes and early monitoring of depressive symptoms may lead to better functioning and quality of life. | Continue reading

5,554 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

3,929 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

7,765 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

5,634 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