Triamcinolone was administered sublesionally to 48 patients with various dermatoses of the legs and feet. Results were satisfactory in 94 percent of those treated. Gratifying results were obtained in patients who had suffered from intractable psoriasis of many years' duration, great cosmetic and psychological improvement being noted in these individuals. Side effects consisted mainly of atrophy, which was of insignificant consequence in almost all instances. This administration, performed as directed, is recommended for a great number of skin disorders commonly encountered in podiatry.
The authors determined the incidence of podiatric injuries that occurred during 233,946 recruit days at risk among US Marine Corps recruits undergoing basic training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA, between February 5 and April 25, 1990. Training-related initial injuries to the foot occurred at a rate of 3.0 new injuries per 1,000 recruit days. The highest specific rates of injury occurred with stress fractures to the foot (0.56 per 1,000 recruit days), ankle sprains (0.53 per 1,000 recruit days), and Achilles tendinitis (0.39 per 1,000 recruit days).
The health care academic delivery system is dramatically changing in today's economy. In order to survive, the delivery system must decrease its costs and increase productivity. Integration of academic affiliates and community health care facilities has produced a more efficient health care system and improved medical education. The formation and methodology of the mutual benefits and responsibilities between a health care system and a college of podiatric medicine are examined in detail. Developing unique sharing partnerships can mutually improve medical student experiences, reduce financial burdens, combine joint research projects, and ultimately improve patient care.
The purpose of this study was to determine whether Medicare patients at risk for lower-extremity amputation due to complications from diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, and/or gangrene who receive the services classified under Level II code M0101 of the Health Care Financing Administration's Common Procedure Coding System (cutting or removal of corns, calluses, and/or trimming of nails, application of skin creams and other hygienic and preventive maintenance care) have lower rates of lower-extremity amputation than those who do not receive such services. Analysis of the data suggests that those at-risk beneficiaries who received these services were nearly four times less likely to experience lower-extremity amputation than those who did not receive such services. The study has both methodologic limitations (the study considers only one variable, receipt or nonreceipt of certain types of podiatric medical care, while other variables may affect rates of lower-extremity amputation) and technological limitations (attempts to link the 2 years of per case Medicare Part B data were unsuccessful, limiting the length of the study to 1 year). Further research on this topic is encouraged.