Can Referrals To Vein Specialists Be Beneficial For Your Patients?

Jeffrey Bowman DPM MS
6/25/13 | 1786 reads | 0 comments
Many podiatric physicians undervalue the relationship between the podiatry practice and the vein specialist. There is a significant overlap of patients between these two disciplines. Many of the vein patients present with lower extremity venous insufficiency that leads to edema and varicosities. A large percentage of podiatry patients complain of either lower extremity edema or venous issues. The relationship between podiatrists and vein specialists can flourish with very little overlap in treatment and services as both practices work in the lower extremity. Read More.

Can Benfotiamine Provide Relief For Patients With Painful Peripheral Neuropathy?

Jeffrey Bowman DPM MS
5/22/13 | 4386 reads | 1 comments
Do you have patients with diabetes, geriatric patients, patients with hypertension, patients who have had a gastric bypass or patients who suffer from alcoholism? These patients probably cover a large percentage of your patient demographic. Read More.

A Guide To The Ins And Outs of Hallux Varus

Jeffrey Bowman DPM MS
4/24/13 | 3117 reads | 0 comments
Most of us in the podiatric field know a lot about bunions. You mastered them as a first-year resident and have never looked back. They are the bread and butter of podiatry. What we often forget is the problematic complication that often follows bunion surgery — hallux varus. Hallux varus can be a complication of bunion surgery but can also be a congenital anomaly. Read More.

A Simple Approach To Tackling Osteochondral Lesions

Jeffrey Bowman DPM MS
3/27/13 | 2769 reads | 0 comments
Our mothers always told us to eat more oats. A simple surgical procedure for osteochondral defects (osteochondritis dissecans) is easier to swallow than the bland carbs thrust at us as children every morning before school. Here is a quick synopsis of the Osteoarticular Transfer System (OATS), otherwise known as the Osteochondral Autograft Transfer System procedure I employ using the Arthrex system. Read More.

Is Botox An Alternative To Corticosteroids For Plantar Fasciitis?

Jeffrey Bowman DPM MS
2/22/13 | 3284 reads | 0 comments
This has not been a good year for steroids. For the last few weeks, the big news in sports has been the controversial use of deer antler spray, a synthesized performance enhancing drug that athletes spray under the tongue. This comes just weeks after Lance Armstrong admitted to blood doping during his seven-year reign as Tour de France champion. What happened to good old-fashioned steroids? Anabolic steroids have taken a back seat to new idiotic ways to juice up. Read More.

Ankle Arthritis: To Fuse Or Not To Fuse?

Jeffrey Bowman DPM MS
1/23/13 | 3488 reads | 0 comments
Given that our current political leaders cannot seem to agree on much, let us look at what has divided podiatry into two parties: the “Fusion” party and the “Replacement” party. Today, a debate exists whether to fuse or replace an ankle joint. Both procedures are indicated for arthritis that occurs from normal joint degeneration, a traumatic event or inflammatory arthritis. Read More.

Pertinent Insights On The Evolution Of The Ankle Arthroscopy

Jeffrey Bowman DPM MS
12/28/12 | 3517 reads | 0 comments
Arthroscopy in the ankle began in the 1920s with limited visualization. Initially, practitioners used 4.0 mm scopes until Takagi developed a 2.7 mm scope and implemented distraction techniques.1 Today, a 2.5 mm scope, distraction techniques and irrigation systems improve the ease and efficacy of ankle joint arthroscopy. Indications for ankle arthroscopy include diagnostic evaluation, synovitis, capsulitis, tibial/talar exostosis, ankle arthritis or osteochondral defects/fragments. Read More.

Keys To Diagnosing And Treating Achilles Tendon Ruptures

Jeffrey Bowman DPM MS
11/21/12 | 3786 reads | 0 comments
At his muscled peak playing the Greek God Achilles in the film Troy, Brad Pitt suffered the same doom as the hero he portrayed. Pitt reportedly tore his Achilles tendon during filming, resulting in a significant delay in filming. In the classic story, Achilles' mother Thetis dipped Achilles in the river Styx by his heel, making him invincible except for the small area that was not submerged. The Trojan prince Paris ended up killing Achilles with an arrow. The arrow struck the only vulnerable area on his body. From this epic tale, we have the Achilles tendon. Read More.