Is Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate The Newest Game Changer In Podiatric Surgery?

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
2/28/13 | 8843 reads | 2 comments
What do AO technique, external fixation and locking plate technology have in common? They are all game changers for foot and ankle surgeons. They have become gold standards. Game changers do not come along often. However, when they do, both surgeons and patients benefit. Surgeons benefit from simplification of surgical techniques and patients benefit from better outcomes. Another game changer is bone marrow aspirate concentrate. When will this become as commonplace as American orthopedic technique, external fixation or locking plate technology? Read More.

Sharing Your Podiatric Knowledge: Why Those Who Can Should Teach

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
1/16/13 | 2806 reads | 0 comments
Knowledge is a gift that we must share and pass on. When you keep it to yourself, you diminish the power of knowledge. Without sharing knowledge, especially knowledge that derives its source from experience, a society, including the profession of podiatric medicine, is cheated. Read More.

Is The First MPJ Arthrodesis Underutilized For Severe Bunion Deformities?

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
12/20/12 | 3547 reads | 1 comments
I admit that I am a perfectionist—almost to a fault. This is a good thing if you are a surgeon but if you are trying to organize your bookshelf or your digital pictures, it is tedious. I expect perfect results when I do surgery while also striving for perfection in my everyday life. Read More.

The Challenges And Rewards Of Establishing A Diabetic Foot Program In Haiti

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
11/20/12 | 2948 reads | 0 comments
There are times in your life when you know you are a part of something important, something that has the potential to be significant. These are the events that give meaning and depth to life. I recently had such an experience. I knew even before it happened that I was going to be involved in something special. Read More.

Cutting Down On Wait Times Without Sacrificing Quality

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
10/17/12 | 4068 reads | 2 comments
Medicine is a volume business. In order to have a financially thriving practice, clinicians need to see more patients. More patients equal more revenue. This is a dirty little truth that anyone in medicine knows but is very reluctant to talk about because it is not politically correct. The problem with a high volume is patients spend more time waiting. I have always inherently been aware of patient wait times. The longer patients wait, the more pressure I feel. Recently, I asked patients to fill out a survey with the following questions: Read More.

Are You Taking The Easy Way Out With The Weil Osteotomy?

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
9/18/12 | 5768 reads | 5 comments
There are a few procedures in our podiatric arsenal that we tend to overuse. I find the procedural volume of the Weil osteotomy particularly perplexing. I do not understand any central ray elevation or shortening osteotomy either. In most cases, I cannot help but judge the Weil osteotomy as a wimpy solution to a more complex problem. Do I perform the Weil osteotomy? I do use this procedure reluctantly on rare occasions. Read More.

Can An Adjunctive Akin Give You That Perfection You Are Looking For In Bunion Surgeries?

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
8/17/12 | 3081 reads | 0 comments
There are some procedures that unfairly get a “bad” reputation. This is usually due to overuse or prior misuse. The Akin procedure is one such procedure and many have used the term “cheater Akin.” This is a case in which a practitioner incorrectly uses the procedure for bunion correction. This procedure is designed for correcting the hallux interphalangeus deformity only, not any deformity proximal to the metatarsophalangeal joint. Read More.

Getting What You Deserve After Residency Graduation

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
7/18/12 | 3672 reads | 0 comments
This July, podiatric residency graduates are transitioning from comfort and protection into the world of student loans, angry patients, indifferent staff, long hours, mountains of paperwork, unjust malpractice laws, malicious malpractice attorneys and insatiable insurance companies. I wish to offer them a collective piece of advice: Do not listen to the naysayers. Read More.

Supporting Our DPM Congressional Candidates: Just Do It

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
6/15/12 | 3334 reads | 5 comments
During this election year, podiatrists across the United States have an unprecedented opportunity to have representation in Congress. We must act now and change our paradigm from expecting others to do the heavy lifting for us. You must contribute to the campaigns of Lee Rogers, DPM, and Brad Wenstrup, DPM, today, not tomorrow. Read More.