The geriatric population is expanding at a rapid rate. With greater numbers of elderly patient visits to the podiatric medical office, the likelihood of difficult psychosocial problems increases. Elder abuse is potentially a serious health risk and the need for the podiatric physician to identify and report elder abuse is a professional and, in many cases, a legal responsibility. The authors identify the signs and symptoms of elder abuse and methods to address this difficult and perplexing problem.
This article presents the problems and challenges facing the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in the view of its President and its Chief Academic Officer. It explores the progress made and the challenges facing the Ohio College overall and in the areas of education. It presents an exciting new vision of the style of podiatric medical education, and the methods that are and will be used to assess the quality of the educational program.
This report discussed an unusual case of a 23 year old woman with a painful bipartite medial cuneiform, (BMC) and severe arthritic and cystic changes at the partition with no history of trauma. MRI taken confirmed a large cyst with subchondral erosions at the dorsal and plantar segments with significant bone marrow edema. Definitive treatment consisted of arthrodesis on the dorsal and plantar segments using one lag screw, demineralized bone matrix grafting, and a bone stimulator.
The publication of the Global Vascular Guidelines in 2019 provide evidence-based, best practice recommendations on the diagnosis and treatment of chronic limb-threatening ischemia (CLTI). Certainly, the multidisciplinary team, and more specifically one with collaborating podiatrists and vascular specialists, has been shown to be highly effective at improving the outcomes of limbs at risk for amputation. This article uses the Guidelines to answer key questions for podiatrists who are caring for the patient with CLTI.
We hypothesized that the repetitive use of a toenail clipper by podiatric physicians could induce fatigue of the flexor digitorum superficialis (FDS) muscle, reducing the accuracy of toenail cutting.
We examined the consequences of cutting a plastic sheet, reproducing the resistance of thick toenails, with a podiatric medical clipper on the maximal handgrip force (Fmax) developed by the FDS muscle and an isometric handgrip sustained at 50% of Fmax, during which endurance to fatigue and changes in the power spectra of the surface FDS muscle electromyogram (root mean square and median frequency) were measured. The same participants randomly performed one or five runs of 30 successive cuttings, each on different days.
After the first and fifth cutting runs, Fmax increased, suggesting a post-tetanic potentiation. During the handgrip sustained at 50% of Fmax, we measured a significant reduction in the tension-time index after the first cutting run. Moreover, after the fifth cutting run, the tension-time index decrease was significantly accentuated, and the decrease in FDS muscle median frequency was enhanced. No median frequency decline was measured during the cutting runs.
These results suggest that the efficacy of occupational podiatric medical tasks progressively declines with the repetition of toenail cutting. We propose solutions to remedy this situation.
The authors present evidence on the patterns and correlates of surgical referrals to podiatric physicians that suggests a surgical specialty now exists in podiatric medicine. The primary factors on which surgical specialization appears to be based are residency training, hospital medical staff membership, and increased hospital podiatric practice activity. Surgically specialized podiatric physicians tend to be younger, but such specialization is not related to either the gender or race of podiatric physicians.