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9,533 reads | 0 comments | 05/18/2011
A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) shows good results from the precautionary measures instituted in Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals in 2007 to prevent the spread of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). However, a second NEJM study suggests MRSA precautions are not effective in intensive care units (ICU). | Continue reading

7,069 reads | 0 comments | 04/21/2011
Study Finds Good Long-Term Results With First MPJ Implants By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor A n abstract presented at the recent American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) Annual Scientific Conference notes good long-term results with a double-stem silicone first MPJ implant with titanium grommets. | Continue reading

14,062 reads | 0 comments | 03/22/2011
Investigating plantar fibromas as an etiology for recalcitrant heel pain, the authors of a recently published study suggest that 25 percent of recalcitrant heel pain is neoplastic in origin. The study authors also maintain that patients presenting with proximal plantar fibromas require excision and not fasciotomy. | Continue reading

5,328 reads | 1 comments | 02/23/2011
The number of Americans with diabetes continues to escalate. Approximately 25.8 million people have diabetes, about 8.3 percent of the United States population, according to new estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is an increase of 2.2 million people since the last CDC estimates released in 2007. The new total includes 7 million people who are unaware that they have the disease. | Continue reading

6,578 reads | 0 comments | 01/27/2011
Recognizing the rise of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and its role in infections acquired in the hospital and community, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has released its first guidelines on treating MRSA. | Continue reading

10,180 reads | 0 comments | 12/28/2010
Are Silver Dressings Worth The Expense? By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor While there are a fair number of wound dressings that utilize the antibacterial properties of silver, a new study in Advances in Skin and Wound Care suggests the only difference between silver dressings and a less expensive gauze dressing may be the cost. | Continue reading

7,351 reads | 1 comments | 11/19/2010
CPME Adopts Three-Year Residency Standard By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor The Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME) recently approved residency changes that spell an end to the two- and three-year PM&S-24 and PM&S-36 programs. Starting July 1, 2011, podiatric residency programs will consist of a standard three-year Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency (PMSR) program. | Continue reading

7,103 reads | 0 comments | 10/21/2010
Study Assesses Long-Term Results Of Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor After patients have failed conservative treatment for plantar fasciitis, radiofrequency nerve ablation (RFNA) may be an effective option. A recent study in Foot and Ankle Specialist notes that patients have been pain free for up to 12 years after RFNA. | Continue reading

6,323 reads | 0 comments | 09/22/2010
Can Advanced Therapies Speed Healing Of DFUs? By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor Given that diabetic foot ulcers can result in complications as devastating as amputation, timely healing of such ulcers is critical. A new study in the Archives of Dermatology cites the benefits of advanced biological therapies.    The study focused on 2,517 patients with diabetic neuropathic foot ulcers who received advanced biological therapy via Apligraf (Organogenesis), becaplermin (Regranex, Systagenix Wound Management) or Procuren (Cytomedix). | Continue reading

6,917 reads | 0 comments | 08/19/2010
Can DPMs Have An Impact On The Multidisciplinary Team For Patients With Diabetes? By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor When treating at-risk patients with diabetes, a multidisciplinary team can be invaluable in averting complications such as lower extremity amputation. A recent study in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association says early identification and referral to a podiatric limb preservation team can improve the survival rate of at-risk patients with diabetes. | Continue reading