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

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
9/10/14 | 340 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.

How Haiti Is Rebuilding Step By Step With The Help Of DPMs

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
8/11/14 | 433 reads | 1 comments
I have asked my International Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Fellow, Fairuz Parvez, DPM, to be a guest blogger for me this month. We made a trip to Haiti to work on the Step-By-Step Haiti Diabetic Foot Program July 14 to 19. It was Dr. Parvez’s first trip to Haiti and I asked her to write about her impressions on her first visit. I believe you will enjoy her insights. Read More.

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

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
7/16/14 | 830 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: , , and . Read More.

Key Insights On Joint Preparation For Arthrodesis

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
6/18/14 | 536 reads | 0 comments
I have recently changed my approach to lecturing by trying to present concepts based on literature instead of the traditional approach. This means I have had to write several new lectures over the past few months, which is both good and bad. It has been good because I have had to literally read hundreds of articles for research. It has been bad for the same reason as the time required to do so is enormous. Read More.

Are Hospital Denials On Requested Surgical Products Intruding Upon The Patient-Physician Relationship?

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
5/19/14 | 671 reads | 0 comments
Many physicians have long considered enemy #1 to be the almighty insurance company. Having insurance giants dictate patient care is often too much to take. While the insurance companies remain thorns in our sides, some of us are taking notice of another challenge on the horizon, equally repugnant in its intrusion of the patient-physician relationship. Read More.

A Unique Continuing Education Mission Opportunity To Improve Diabetic Foot Care In Haiti

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
4/15/14 | 2222 reads | 0 comments
I love it when solutions to problems evolve naturally and you get the “light bulb” appearing above your head. I have been working on a solution for the Haiti Diabetic Foot Program located in the Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare Program in Port-au-Prince, Haiti for some time. This is a comprehensive diabetic foot program run by Haitians for Haitians and supported by doctors from the United States. Read More.

Keys To Reducing The Frustration Of Hammertoe Surgery

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
3/11/14 | 1812 reads | 0 comments
In my January blog, I wrote about the use of the flexor digitorum longus tendon transfer for the flexible or semi-rigid hammertoe/claw toe deformities (see ). I would like to take a look at the other approach to the rigid hammertoe deformity and specifically arthroplasty vs. arthrodesis. Read More.

Campaigning For The HELLPP Act To Clarify Gray Areas In Podiatric Medicine And Surgery

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
2/11/14 | 7000 reads | 1 comments
There are many gray areas in podiatric medicine and surgery. I tend to lean much more to the conservative side on those gray podiatric issues. However, last week I ran into something that really made me think outside of my normally conservative approach. Read More.

Why The Flexor Digitorum Longus Transfer Offers Effective Hammertoe/Claw Toe Correction

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
1/16/14 | 9537 reads | 0 comments
Sometimes the procedures that we perceive as the simplest are those fraught with the most peril. Surgeons often think of hammertoe surgery as such a procedure, regardless of the type. Both arthrodesis and arthroplasty come with baggage and substantial complications that surgeons often downplay because, after all, “it is just a toe.” Tell that to the person who owns that toe and see if he or she feels the same way. Read More.