Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is a highly contagious disease most often seen in children during the summer. It is caused most commonly by the virus coxsackie A16, but other enteroviruses have been implicated. It presents with low grade fever, and a vesicular eruption on the hands, feet, and mouth. More serious manifestations are seen less commonly. Diagnosis is most often clinical and treatment is symptomatic in nature. The infection in a male adult is presented.
The authors reviewed 322 articles in podiatric medical journals to determine their level of evidence. Only 1% of the articles reviewed were randomized controlled trials. The authors concluded that if the podiatric medical profession wishes to become a participant in evidence-based medicine, greater emphasis must be placed on studies that assess hypotheses.
Persons with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) are subject to a host of pathologic entities secondary to a depressed immune system. Kaposi's sarcoma frequently presents in this immunocompromised population and, therefore, diagnosis seems clinically straightforward. However, because of the prevalence of a strikingly similar infectious disease known as bacillary angiomatosis, skin biopsy of one or more lesions is crucial.
Over 90% of the diabetic neurotrophic ulcers treated with the felted foam technique at the Cleveland Foot Clinic have completely healed. The average healing time for plantar ulcers has been approximately 8 weeks. After the ulcerations have healed, molded shoes or orthopedic shoes with Plastazote inserts are prescribed. The felted foam technique is simple to perform in an office setting and can be used by both the novice and the experienced practitioner.