How An Unmatched Podiatry Graduate Is Forging Ahead

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
12/19/13 | 2614 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 | 5165 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 | 2557 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 | 4343 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 | 5356 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.

Avoiding A ‘Slippery Slope’ When Treating Intractable Plantar Keratosis

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
7/16/13 | 5645 reads | 2 comments
There are a few foot and ankle surgical procedures that I consider a slippery slope with tremendous uncertainty regarding poor cost versus reward ratios. One of these procedures is the surgical treatment for intractable plantar keratosis via a lesser metatarsal osteotomy. Read More.

An Overview Of Surgical Treatments For Stage II Tibialis Posterior Tendon Dysfunction

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
6/18/13 | 3517 reads | 0 comments
Regardless of the etiology of the deformity, the three principles for flexible flatfoot deformity surgical correction include: • removal of any deforming force of the leg onto the foot; • perpendicular alignment of the hindfoot to the ground; and • a parallel relationship of the forefoot to the rearfoot. This applies to pediatric flexible flatfoot, adult flexible flatfoot and stage II tibialis posterior tendon dysfunction The treatment of stage II tibialis posterior tendon dysfunction has evolved over the years to a well-documented group of procedures. Read More.

Amazon Review Says Podiatrists Are Not Experts On Ankle Surgery

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
5/21/13 | 6005 reads | 32 comments
Every once in awhile you come across something that makes your blood boil. My trigger was simply reading reviews of the most current edition of McGlamry's Comprehensive Textbook of Foot and Ankle Surgery on Amazon.com. What infuriated me was the following review: Read More.

What A Spanish Podiatrist Learned From Visiting With Podiatrists In The United States

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
4/11/13 | 4777 reads | 0 comments
Editor’s note: This entry’s guest author is Gabriel Aguirrezabal, a Spanish podiatrist. He is in private practice in Bilbao in Basque Country, Spain. I am Gabriel Aguirrezabal, a Spanish podiatrist. I am very thankful to Dr. DeHeer and his colleagues for welcoming me into Indianapolis for two weeks in March. During my journey, I wanted to develop new podiatric skills and discover how doctors practice podiatric medicine in the United States. I was able to rotate through a variety of podiatric settings such as surgery, clinical practice and even wound care. Read More.