Dr. William Levine, a podiatrist with offices in Manhasset and New York City, attended the 24th Annual Scientific Seminar in the Sun, which took place on February 16-19 at Iberostar Resort and Hotel in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The conference focused on skin cancers that can affect the feet and the newest techniques for bunions and ulcers.
The first presentation focused on the SERI (Simple, Effective, Rapid, Inexpensive) bunionectomy, which is a minimally invasive bunion correction. Incisions are at a minimum and there are no joint-related issues. In addition, it preserves the blood supply to the first Metatarsal head and corrects the triplanar nature of bunion deformity, which is important in making sure the bunion does not grow back. SERI removes the bunion in less time and involves less dissection, as opposed to traditional open correction.
The next presentation introduced a new procedure to eliminate neuropathic pressure sores on the bottom of the foot. This is done by lengthening the tendon that flexes that part of the foot downward; this weakens the tendon, while, at the same time, relieves pressure on the sore and allows the sore to heal. In addition, lengthening the tendon heals more ulcers than wound care and total contact casting (used to take the weight off the sore of the foot). While it requires very little dissection and incision, care must be taken not to cut into the muscle itself; doing so may result in excess bleeding.
The conference also focused on skin cancers and skin biopsies and how podiatrists should apply biopsies to everyday practice. There is a pervasive mentality within the practice in podiatry to overlook biopsy, especially when the benefits are quite apparent and early detection is very crucial. What made this relatable to the conference and its location is the fact that Jamaican reggae musician Bob Marley died of melanoma in 1981 at the age of 36; it was found underneath his big toenail and spread to his brain and lungs. Mr. Marley’s life may have been saved if he underwent amputation of his big toe, but he refused.
Dr. William Levine often attends conferences like these and always stays up to date on the latest trends in podiatry. For more information, or to make an appointment, call (646) 401-4134 or visit www.manhassetpodiatry.com/.