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

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
4/15/14 | 7304 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 | 1280 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 | 6674 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 | 9096 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 | 2124 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 | 3879 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.

Keys To Using Lasers When Treating Onychomycosis

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
10/18/13 | 2275 reads | 0 comments
After researching our electronic medical records, I have found that I’ve treated over 1,500 cases of onychomycosis throughout the past four years. I make it constant practice to critically analyze my outcomes and strive to look for ways to make those outcomes more predictable. (Please note that I have no financial interest in any of the products I will be discussing.) Read More.

Reignite Staff Commitment To Bring In New Patients

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
9/18/13 | 4156 reads | 1 comments
You are losing money every month. New patients who could become part of your practice are slipping through the cracks simply because your staff is not fully engaged. New patients are the lifeblood to any practice. Without a steady stream of new patients, a practice will wither and die. There is a very simple test you can use with your staff to compare your new patient ceiling to your current monthly new patient average. This is called the check test. Read More.

A Closer Look At Heel Pain And Baxter’s Neuritis

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
8/14/13 | 3551 reads | 1 comments
Through my 23 years of practice, I often think of the old adage, “When you hear hoof beats, think horses, not zebras.” I consider myself a very good diagnostician. I base my diagnoses on comprehensive history and physical examination. However, there are times when the patient is not progressing as expected and those “hoof beats” are actually zebras. One such case is heel pain from Baxter’s neuritis, which is entrapment of the first branch of the lateral plantar nerve. Read More.