What The Affordable Care Act Means For Wound Care Practitioners

Desmond Bell DPM CWS FACCWS
12/10/12 | 4840 reads | 1 comments
The 2012 presidential election has passed. Gone with it is any chance that I would expand my practice in the foreseeable future. Read More.

Career Changes, Hurdles And A Few Life Lessons Along The Way

Desmond Bell DPM CWS FACCWS
10/30/12 | 2279 reads | 1 comments
Within the past 12 years or so, I have made a shift from a general podiatry practice to a specialized wound management and limb preservation practice, which has been marked by a series of highs and lows. No doubt that if you have been in practice for any amount of time, you have experienced your own issues that have made you stronger, wiser and better at your craft. Read More.

Preparing Yourself To Get Through An Audit Unscathed

Desmond Bell DPM CWS FACCWS
9/28/12 | 3105 reads | 0 comments
I wasn’t born and raised in Florida, but in the 15 years that I have called Jacksonville home, I have come to appreciate the charms and nuances of living in a beautiful subtropical climate where living near water brings with it natural beauty as well as the potential for disaster. As most Floridians are keenly aware, hurricane season extends from June 1 until November 1. Fall is here and another hurricane season has nearly reached its conclusion, which means we are almost ready to breathe another collective “Sunshine State sigh of relief,” having gotten through another year unscathed. Read More.

PAD Awareness Month And The Case For Limb Preservation

Desmond Bell DPM CWS FACCWS
8/30/12 | 3599 reads | 0 comments
Unlike October, which is abundant with the color pink and matching ribbons symbolizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month wherever we turn, we have no such ribbon for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month. In my travels over the past few years, I have noted several instances that illustrate a lack of PAD awareness and understanding among providers and the general population. Read More.

The Do’s And Don’ts Of Networking Through Social Media

Desmond Bell DPM CWS FACCWS
8/2/12 | 2647 reads | 0 comments
Whether you love it or hate it, social media is here to stay. How has social media gone from a way for college kids to meet potential dates to a force that is literally shaping the world? Anyone arguing that this point is hyperbole needs to look no further than the 2008 presidential election, Occupy Wall Street, the 2012 elections and even “Tebowing.” Read More.

Key Considerations With Digital Amputations And Biomechanics

Desmond Bell DPM CWS FACCWS
6/26/12 | 3078 reads | 0 comments
“By God, sir. I will not abide another toe!” — The Big Lebowski to the Dude If you are a fan of the Coen brothers’ cult comedy classic, The Big Lebowski, you already know that the loss of a toe is central to the plot of the story. If you haven't seen the film once, I will not play the spoiler. For the rest of us who have watched the movie at least five or 10 times, grab yourself a Sioux City Sarsaparilla and read on. Read More.

Skin Grafts Or Skin Substitutes: What Is Your Preference?

Desmond Bell DPM CWS FACCWS
6/1/12 | 4436 reads | 0 comments
Over the past decade, we have witnessed the emergence of several technological advances that have had a direct impact on healing wounds that previously would have resulted in amputation or even death. Three areas in which we have seen the greatest impact in wound healing in the past decade have been in the realms of negative pressure wound therapy, endovascular procedures and skin substitutes. Read More.

Certification And Wound Care Expertise: Are They One And The Same?

Desmond Bell DPM CWS FACCWS
5/4/12 | 4269 reads | 6 comments
First, I would like to thank the readers for taking the time to review the topics I have presented regarding the world of wound care. If you read my blog, you are likely seeking some insight or clinical perspectives that may help you in managing patients with chronic wounds from a variety of etiologies. This month, I would like to turn the tables and gain some knowledge from you, my respected colleagues, on your approach to things, specifically how you have attained your level of expertise. Read More.

A Closer Look At Exercise For Patients With Diabetic Wounds

Desmond Bell DPM CWS FACCWS
4/2/12 | 6706 reads | 0 comments
Let me begin by stating that exercise and patients with diabetes are not mutually exclusive. This also holds true for a patient with diabetes who has a non-healing foot ulcer. Preliminary research suggests that exercise may work to increase the rate of wound healing in such patients. That being said, many patients seeking treatment for diabetic foot ulcers are not the most disciplined when it comes to lifestyle choices. Exercise and the lack thereof is often a contributing factor to the declining quality of life that affects many patients with diabetes. Read More.