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Medscape Interview about Diabetic Foot Osteomyelitis

December 8, 2014

Just over a week ago my good friend and colleague in lower extremity ID, Mark Kosinski, DPM, FIDSA and I were interviewed by Miriam Tucker, a reporter for Medscape, about a recent paper that compared 6 weeks vs 12 weeks of antibiotic therapy for DFO that did not undergo surgical debridement.  The impetus for this interview was a study published in Diabetes Care by Tone, et.al.  Here are links to the PubMed abstract for that paper, and the original interview on Medscape along with a link to David Armstrong’s excellent “diabeticfootonline” blog where, with his permission and my thanks to him, I am cutting and pasting his reporting of this below. Although the article is a bit longer than my usual posting, I think it is worth reading as both Mark and I discuss what is unique and interesting about this excellent study

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Arthritis And The Bunion: Current Concepts

November 21, 2014

Issue Number:  Volume 27 – Issue 12 – December 2014 Author(s):  Catherine Cheung, DPM, FACFAS Osteoarthritis of the first metatarsophalangeal joint may lead to patients having symptoms of both hallux valgus and hallux rigidus, not to mention pain with prolonged activity and difficulty for women in wearing high heels. Accordingly, this author discusses conservative care and shares her insights on surgical treatment options

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Study shows vibrating insoles could reduce falls among seniors

November 18, 2014

Vibratory stimulation applied to the soles of the feet improved balance by reducing postural sway and gait variability in elderly people, according to findings published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

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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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Women more likely to develop stress fractures

November 4, 2014

For many women living an active lifestyle, the balance between healthy exercise and overuse can be delicate.

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ONYCHOMYCOSIS – What Are We Teaching?

November 3, 2014

I have been doing LOTS of talks on onychomycosis over the past few months. The vast majority of these have been CME lectures where I spend significantly more time reviewing the background information of onycho than talking about new drug therapies.  What has amazed me since I first started speaking on this topic over 25 years ago is the lack of understanding of the science behind this INFECTION.  Yes, you read that correctly…onychomycosis is an INFECTION and should be treated with anti-INFECTIVES.  We don’t think twice about treating a bacterial infection with an antibiotic, why don’t we feel as strongly about treating a fungal infection with an antifungal?  This has been my introductory statement in every lecture I give about this disease since I first became interested in this topic and my feeling has not waivered about it.

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NZ Manufacturing 
Catalog

October 29, 2014

NZ Manufacturing has released its newest catalog of 
resistance exercise products designed for rehabilitation, physical therapy, sports training, and fitness applications. The catalog includes a variety of in-water and dry-land swim training products, including StrechCordz products for aqua­tic aerobics and for novice or high-level competitive swimmers and triathletes. TurfCordz products for athletes are designed for strength training, explosive start drills, increasing speed, and improved flexibility

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Redesigned Bunion Bootie

October 29, 2014

After months of focus group testing, surveying, measuring, and analyzing user feedback, Bunion Booties now have a new design. Bunion Booties are designed for patients who prefer not to undergo surgery or are poor candidates for surgery, or as part of a postoperative protocol for those who have already undergone bunion surgery. Odor- and bacteria-resistant Bunion Booties gently but effectively separate the big toe from the other toes to help reduce tension, and their low profile allows them to be undetectable in most shoes, while minimizing bulk and pressure on the sensitive area of the patient’s foot.

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Redesigned
 Bunion Bootie

October 29, 2014

After months of focus group testing, surveying, measuring, and analyzing user feedback, Bunion Booties now have a new design. Bunion Booties are designed for patients who prefer not to undergo surgery or are poor candidates for surgery, or as part of a postoperative protocol for those who have already undergone bunion surgery.

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Big Easy
 Footwear

October 29, 2014

Orthofeet has introduced the new Big Easy line of stretchable shoes as a solution for patients with medical footwear needs. The washable shoes are available in both men’s and women’s sizes with widths of M, W, XW, and XXW. The shoes feature elastic uppers, which are designed to ease pressure on the foot and enhance comfort.

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