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

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
7/16/14 | 576 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.

Key Insights On Joint Preparation For Arthrodesis

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
6/18/14 | 403 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 | 549 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 | 2120 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 | 1629 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 http://www.podiatrytoday.com/blogged/why-flexor-digitorum-longus-transfe... ). 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 | 6888 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 | 9375 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.

How An Unmatched Podiatry Graduate Is Forging Ahead

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
12/19/13 | 2464 reads | 0 comments
Every once in a while, I have a guest blogger write for me. This month, I have asked Aaron Warnock, DPM, to contribute his thoughts on going unmatched for a residency program and his future. I met with Dr. Warnock and was pleasantly surprised by his positive outlook on the whole situation. I offered him a position within my practice to continue his education and bridge this year until he starts a program. He has been a revelation — hard working, dedicated and patient centric. It has been a pleasure working with him. Read More.

Why Dr. Oz Does Not Have The Last Word On Bunion Surgery

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
11/21/13 | 4774 reads | 2 comments
When people perceive you as the expert of all things medical, you have a responsibility to report accurately based on current literature. Mehmet Oz, MD, is a cardiothoracic surgeon and television personality. Recently on his show, he profiled bunion surgery. He titled the show “The Surgery You Should Say ‘No’ To.” In my opinion, this show displayed some of the most irresponsible medical journalism I have witnessed in some time. The Dr. Oz Show is a popular daytime show that many turn to for medical information and education in a way the layperson can easily understand. Read More.