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Every few years, The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) compiles an updated report on the state of diabetes, worldwide, titled: IDF Diabetes Atlas. The report discusses the various types of diabetes, the global impact and what can be done to prevent and better manage diabetes. The fourth edition is available for online viewing or hardcopy purchase. […]

If you’re an orthotist, prosthetist or pedorthists who treats patients with partial foot amputations, there’s a new article in the November 2010 issue of Lower Extremity Review that’s well worth your time. In the article, Partial foot amputation: Pedorthic management, Erick Janisse, CPed, CO and Dennis Janisse, CPed – both of National Pedorthic Services Inc. […]

If you’re an orthotist, pedorthist or podiatrist who treats a lot of diabetic feet, check out the story, Treating the Diabetic Foot, in the November 2010 issue of The O&P Edge. Among the things to consider when treating people with diabetes, the article mentions the need for better communication between healthcare providers and improved level […]

Conventional wisdom says to medical professionals: control inflammation to promote muscle healing. A new study from the Cleveland Clinic questions this convention. Lan Zhou, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues at the Cleveland Clinic found that inflammatory cells (macrophages) in acute muscle injury produce a high level of an insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) which increases the rate […]

The September 2010 issue of Lower Extremity Review features an interesting article titled: Diabetes experts focus on foot ulcer recurrence. If you’re diabetic or treat patients with diabetes, it’s certainly worth your time to check it out. According to the article, “up to 60% of diabetic foot ulcers recur even with careful attention.” It’s alarming […]

It may surprise many that a desire to “take control” by a patient with a diabetic foot ulcer may actually delay healing. According to a just-published study in Diabetologia, “confrontation coping and depression predict ulcer healing.” According to the lead author, professor Kavita Vedhara, “My colleagues and I believe that this confrontational approach may, inadvertently, […]

It is so encouraging to see one of the most respected experts in the world on the diabetic foot, David G. Armstrong, DPM, PhD, writing again on the harmful effects of shear forces on the foot during ambulation. His blog entry is entitled: “Does Stress During Walking Occur During Foot ‘Takeoff’ And ‘Landing’ Rather Than […]

Kathleen Satterfield, DPM, recently wrote this article on patients with diabetes who wear sandals or, worse yet, flip flops: Flip-Flops Versus Sandals: Does It Make A Difference For Patients With Diabetes? She points out two dangers: first, the potential for trauma to the exposed foot; and, second, the lack of support for the foot provided […]

Dr. Metin Yavuz is one of the leading researchers on the biomechanical forces causing diabetic foot ulcers. He started his work at the Cleveland Clinic and has continued it at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Yavuz contributed a superb article to the May, 2010 issue of Lower Extremity Review entitled: Plantar Shear: Casting […]

The Louisiana O&P Association met in Lafayette, Louisiana, May 19 to 22, 2010. It was hot – Temperatures were in the mid-90s with high humidity, but it was still a lively meeting. (We northerners only melted a little around the edges.) Tamarack exhibited with Becker Orthopedic. The organizers of the meeting did a great job. […]