Podiatry Today

What The Research Reveals About Blister Prevention In Ultra Endurance Runners

November 21, 2014

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association (JAPMA) evaluated the incidence, location, pain and risk factors of blisters occurring in people who participate in ultramarathons. 1 The study authors assessed 50 ultramarathon participants during a five-day, multi-stage trail running competition.

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A Closer Look At The Recent FDA Approvals Of Dalbavancin And Oritavancin

November 20, 2014

In this blog entry, I will continue to explore some of the new antibiotics that have garnered recent FDA approval for use in acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI). I will discuss dalbavancin (Dalvance, Actavis) and oritavancin (Orbactiv, the Medicines Company) together since they are quite similar in a number of important ways and share many of the same properties.

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A ‘Thank You’ To Readers In My Final Blog

November 18, 2014

I would like to start by saying thank you to all of my loyal readers over the years.

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Dalbavancin & Oritavancin – PART 2

November 17, 2014

In my post last week I mentioned I would write a follow up to discuss my opinions on the use of these drugs for lower extremity infections.  I have not yet had the opportunity to try either so these are really “top line” thoughts taken what I know, have read or heard from others, into consideration. – These drugs are expensive and I wonder who will cover the cost.

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Keeping Patients With Diabetic Foot Ulcers In Remission

November 14, 2014

The presence of a diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) often leads to re-ulceration. A new study in the International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds notes that the complication of DFUs will require more healthcare resources and also reaffirms the importance of podiatric physicians in keeping patients with ulcers in remission.

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Facilitating A Return To Running After Metatarsal Stress Fractures

November 13, 2014

I tend to see a high percentage of runners despite having a surgical practice. The community of runners in Akron, Ohio stick together as most runners do and they tend to trust the advice of a physician who is also a runner.

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A Closer Look At Amniotic Membrane Allografts For Wounds

November 12, 2014

Recently my organization, the American Association for Women Podiatrists, hosted a scientific conference in San Diego.

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New Antibiotics – Dalbavancin & Oritavancin PART 1

November 10, 2014

In this entry I will continue to explore some of the new antibiotics that have been recently approved for use in acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI). I will discuss these two together since they are quite similar in a number of important ways and share many of the same properties. Both dalbavancin (Dalvance™ – Actavis) and oritavancin (Orbactive™ – The Medicines Company) are classified as “semisynthetic lipoglycopeptide” antibiotics

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Why Aren’t More People Choosing A Career In Podiatric Medicine?

November 7, 2014

In 2007, the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) commissioned a study to investigate concerns of a pending shortage of podiatric physicians. According to the report entitled the “Podiatric Medicine Workforce Study” (prepared by the State University of New York, Albany), the number of graduating podiatrists needed to triple by 2014 in order to meet the health demands of an increasingly older, heavier and diabetic population. 1,2  

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Do Podiatrists Face Less Discrimination From Orthopedic Surgeons These Days?

November 5, 2014

I am involved with two residency programs in the Indianapolis area as an attending foot and ankle surgeon. The residents primarily do surgery with me and occasionally come to my office as well

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