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This article provides the podiatric practitioner with current information about
Lyme disease and ehrlichlosis. The material presented assists podiatrists, particularly those practicing in rural areas, in recognizing these tick-bone diseases and in making informed decisions about treatment. The steady increase of these “new and emerging infectious diseases” places additional importance on health care providers, such as podiatrists, to inform the public and help prevent the incidences of tick borne diseases.