DPM Blogs

Managing Patient Expectations For Elective Reconstructive Surgery

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
7/28/14 | 81 reads | 0 comments
I had a conversation with a longtime friend and colleague about the stresses of our job as podiatrists. The laypeople or even other medical specialists who are reading this may say, “Oh, it’s just a foot. How difficult could that be?” Read More.

Can You Diagnose This Malignant Lesion?

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
7/25/14 | 259 reads | 0 comments
What is your diagnosis of the malignant lesion on the left? Read More.

How Measuring Transcutaneous Oxygen Can Help Evaluate Wound Healing Potential

Alison J. Garten DPM
7/24/14 | 258 reads | 0 comments
I recently referred a patient who has a chronic ulceration for a vascular consult. Non-invasive testing included ankle/brachial index (ABI), toe/brachial index (TBI), pulse volume recordings (PVR), skin perfusion pressure (SPP) and transcutaneous oxygen (TCOM or TcPO2). Macrocirculation in the lower extremity occurs through the posterior tibialis artery, anterior tibial artery and the peroneal arteries, the three main arteries that supply the limb. The ABI, TBI and PVR studies evaluate macrocirculation. Read More.

Why EMRs Are Moving In The Wrong Direction

Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS
7/22/14 | 369 reads | 1 comments
As many hospitals and institutions work at transitioning to electronic medical records (EMR), the ability to obtain information on a patient has become more difficult than ever. In my opinion, electronic medical records as we know them today are probably the largest setback to the advancement of medicine that we have seen. It's frustrating for me, someone who loves technology and even contemplated a career in it, to watch medicine and technology collide instead of seeing the advancements of computers and accessibility of information complement medical records. Read More.

Pearls On Treating Peroneal Tendon Dislocation

Jeffrey Bowman DPM MS
7/17/14 | 366 reads | 0 comments
The peroneus longus and peroneus brevis tendons are prone to dislocation due to athletic activities and other factors. This makes it imperative to have a grasp of treatment options. Read More.

What Podiatry ‘Life Hacks’ Do You Use To Make Your Life Easier?

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
7/16/14 | 547 reads | 0 comments
Life hacking, according to Wikipedia, is “any trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency in all walks of life. In other words, anything that solves an everyday problem in an inspired, ingenious manner.” There are several websites that provide useful and interesting life hacks such as: http://1000lifehacks.com/ , http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/100-life-hacks-that-make-life... , and http://twistedsifter.com/2013/01/50-life-hacks-to-simplify-your-world/ . Read More.

Are DPMs Underusing The TCC To Offload Diabetic Foot Ulcers?

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
7/15/14 | 367 reads | 0 comments
Despite the evidence supporting the efficacy of total contact casts (TCC) to offload diabetic foot ulcers, podiatric physicians may not be putting this evidence into practice, according to a recent study. Read More.

Addressing Toe Web Space Infections In Patients With Diabetes

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS
7/11/14 | 399 reads | 0 comments
Toe web space infection can be associated with significant morbidity. Not infrequently, toe web space infections result in cellulitis. This may progress from initial tinea pedis and skin xerosis.1 One can appreciate the significance of preventing cellulitis, particularly in a patient with diabetes, by looking at a study predicting foot ulceration in VA patients.2 The study authors found that onychomycosis and tinea pedis are two of the top seven predictors of foot ulceration in this study population.2 Read More.

Finding The Right Foot For Aesthetic Surgery

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
7/10/14 | 387 reads | 0 comments
“Dong, dong, dong.” The bell tower clock had just finished ringing in the new midnight. The prince quickly ran outside to the front steps of the palace to find the beautiful lass who had captivated him that night. He could not find her. She had disappeared into the dark, still night as quickly as she had stolen his heart. Read More.