DPM Blogs

Why EMRs Are Moving In The Wrong Direction

Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS
7/22/14 | 78 reads | 0 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 | 246 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 | 409 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 | 306 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 | 353 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 | 349 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.

A Closer Look At Non-Dermatologic Disorders Associated With Psoriasis

Kristine Hoffman DPM
7/8/14 | 319 reads | 0 comments
Psoriasis is one of the most common skin conditions, affecting 2 to 4 percent of the population.1 Etiologies for this chronic, immune-mediated skin disease include both genetic and environmental factors. The five main types of psoriasis are plaque, guttate, inverse, pustular and erythrodermic. Nail changes (psoriatic onychodystrophy) are a common feature of psoriasis and include pitting, whitening, yellow-red oil drop or salmon spot discoloration, thickening, subungual hyperkeratosis and onycholysis. Nail changes occur in 40 to 45 percent of patients with psoriasis.2 Read More.

How Much Should You Be Paying Your Podiatric Medical Assistants?

Lynn Homisak PRT
7/3/14 | 674 reads | 0 comments
I’d like to share with you a two-part question that both staff and doctors ask me frequently (maybe you’re even one of the ones who have approached me): What is the “going rate” average salary for a podiatric medical assistant and is there a salary “cap” for what an assistant should be earning? As long as the podiatric medical assistant’s scope of practice remains undefined, training remains on the job and marginal at best, and tasks delegated to staff vary from office to office, determining an average “going rate” salary will continue to be a challenge in our profession. Read More.

Why Charging Patients For A Biomechanical Evaluation Makes Sense

Jenny L Sanders DPM
7/2/14 | 488 reads | 0 comments
Let’s face it. Insurance reimbursements are shrinking while the costs of maintaining a successful podiatry practice are increasing. Critical to surviving in this challenging environment is finding ways to increase revenue sources without increasing overhead or staff costs. Read More.