DPM Blogs

When To Use Skin Grafts And What Type To Use

Jeffrey Bowman DPM MS
9/19/14 | 150 reads | 0 comments
Skin grafting use has exploded, especially when it comes to the new products available. However, with so many products available, it is difficult to know which one to use and when. Sometimes, the question isn’t necessarily if one can use a graft for a wound can receive a graft but rather, should one use a graft for the wound? Read More.

When To Be Suspicious Of Infective Endocarditis

Alison J. Garten DPM
9/18/14 | 224 reads | 0 comments
Recently, I performed an incision and drainage on a patient with gas gangrene. I consulted an infectious disease specialist who said the patient had developed infective endocarditis. Prior to this, I knew very little about the condition. Here is what I have learned from the physician and my research. Read More.

Keys To Preventing Tree Stand Injuries In Hunters

Bradly Bussewitz DPM
9/16/14 | 236 reads | 0 comments
As fall approaches, so does hunting season. Many hunters climb trees to gain an advantage and at 15 to 30 feet in the air, fall injuries are a major risk. Foot and ankle injuries are common among these tree stand hunters. Read More.

Taking The Time To Review X-Rays With Patients

Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS
9/11/14 | 358 reads | 2 comments
I am sure most of you reading this are guilty of seeing a patient under time constraints and walking in and out quickly to keep the "flow" of the office going. This happens especially when you review an X-ray and simply tell the patient everything is normal. Alternately, you may be one of those on the opposite end of the spectrum who refuses to "dumb" down the radiograph or, more commonly, magnetic resonance image (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) scan, and just tell the patient he or she needs surgery as a result of a fracture, torn tendon or … well, you get the point. Read More.

How Asking Why You Do What You Do Can Improve Your Practice

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
9/10/14 | 332 reads | 0 comments
Why do you do what you do? I am not asking you how you do it or what you do, but why you do it. This is a critical question to ask and answer for yourself and your patients. Simon Sinek’s book Start With Why describes the “Golden Circle” of what/how/why. His TED Talk provides an excellent summary of the book and I highly recommend viewing it to better grasp the question.1 Read More.

Improving The Treatment Of MRSA With New Antibiotics And Antiseptics

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS
9/8/14 | 480 reads | 0 comments
Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a problem that all of us confront in practice. Recently, several new antibiotics and antiseptics have become available, making the treatment of MRSA infection more convenient for the patient, more convenient for the podiatric physician, and less costly as these agents allow outpatient treatment of MRSA infections. Read More.

Are You Really Listening To Your Staff?

Lynn Homisak PRT
9/5/14 | 250 reads | 0 comments
Truth … I enjoy my work. Part of that is because it offers the opportunity to meet and speak with hundreds of doctors and staff who are fresh out of school, decades in practice and everywhere in between. This happens sometimes in person in their offices and at seminars; other times during phone conferences, emails or webinars. Regardless of our surroundings, typically, the same combination of speaking and listening takes place. It’s called communication. Everyone likes to be heard, but the question is: how well do you listen? Read More.

The Cocktail For Long Lasting Local Anesthesia: Mitigating Chronic Post-Surgical Pain

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
9/3/14 | 572 reads | 0 comments
Swirling the opaque garnet wine around the edges of the Riedel glass allowed for the complex interaction of its fruit to escape from its mixture. After the wine hit the palate, I knew due to the structure, mouth feel and astringency that this was a superior blend of high grade, very stressed berries of different varieties. I would need more exploration to attempt forensic identification but so be it. Someone has to do some work. Read More.

Addressing Complications Of Retained Foreign Bodies

Kristine Hoffman DPM
9/2/14 | 427 reads | 0 comments
Retained foreign bodies are a relatively common injury and over 50 percent of foreign body injuries affect the foot.1,2 The most common foreign bodies are needles, metal, glass, wood, plastic and stone. Due to potential complications from retained foreign bodies, one should remove them unless removal puts neurovascular or other critical structures at high risk of iatrogenic damage. Possible complications from retained foreign bodies include infection, migration, stiffness, granuloma formation and pain. Read More.