Surveying The Literature To Find An Absolute Definition Of Equinus

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
7/22/11 | 4088 reads | 0 comments
“Equinus deformity is the most profound causal agent in foot pathomechanics and is frequently linked to common foot pathology,” is a quote from an article by Johnson and Christensen.1 This statement about equinus is something that is vastly underappreciated. It is profound but in my opinion, we as practitioners are not paying enough attention to it. I believe that is because there is no absolute definition of equinus. Read More.

Why Do We Overlook Equinus In Patients With Diabetes?

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
6/24/11 | 3453 reads | 1 comments
I find the extent of preventative care we provide for our patients with diabetes fascinating yet we continually ignore one of the most important factors in keeping our diabetic patients out of trouble. Equinus has been described as the most destructive force on the foot and even though we all know this, when it comes to our patients with diabetes, we often overlook equinus and concentrate on those mycotic toenails. Read More.

Why Orthotics Are Not The Answer For Plantar Fasciitis

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
5/23/11 | 12893 reads | 9 comments
There are approximately 2 million documented cases of plantar fasciitis per year in the United States. For most podiatrists, this is the most common foot pathology we see in our practices.1 The “sacred cow” in the podiatric community for plantar fasciitis has always been custom orthoses. Read More.

An Open Letter To Foot And Ankle Orthopedic Surgeons

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
4/8/11 | 6113 reads | 5 comments
Dear Fellow Foot and Ankle Specialist, I am writing this letter to your group to bring to light a worsening problem between our two groups that is being perpetuated by a handful of members from your group. We are never going to agree on which group is best qualified to take care of foot and ankle pathologies. In reality, though, there is more than enough work for all of us to be very busy. We should try to concentrate on what we have in common: the medical and surgical management of the foot and ankle, and our dedication to healing those placed in our care. Read More.

Why Mishandled Phone Calls Can Sabotage Your Practice

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
3/16/11 | 4630 reads | 0 comments
Do you know what the most important thing in your office? The answer may surprise you. It is not you. It is your phones and how your staff is answering them. Just think about it for a minute. If you have no patients calling in for appointments or patients who do call but are not scheduled, then it does not matter how great of a physician you are. To quote an old famous saying, “You have to put fannies in the seats.” Read More.

Arthroscopic Monopolar Radiofrequency Thermal Stabilization: Can It Have An Impact For Chronic Lateral Ankle Instability?

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
2/8/11 | 4114 reads | 3 comments
One component of my residency training was extensive arthroscopy training by one of the leaders in podiatric arthroscopy, Richard Lundeen, DPM. He was an innovator in this field and I learned much from him. Read More.

Wrestling With The Limitations Of Medicaid Programs

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
12/31/10 | 4439 reads | 2 comments
Medicaid programs have become increasingly difficult to participate in as a podiatric physician in almost every state. The same is true here in Indiana. There are very few podiatrists providing care for Medicaid patients in Indiana. I have debated this problem for my own practice over the past several years. I had made a decision to stop seeing Medicaid patients but I have had to reconsider my decision regarding this. This led me to wonder what others feel about their state programs and if they participate in them. Read More.

How To Attain The Best Results With The Phenol And Alcohol Onychoplasty

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
11/24/10 | 5232 reads | 4 comments
While the phenol and alcohol onychoplasty is the most commonly performed procedure by podiatric physicians, it is also the one that is least written about. This is possibly because it is a relatively simple procedure that even the least surgically inclined podiatrist is comfortable performing. I have discovered three important tips for the partial phenol and alcohol procedure that have made a good procedure even better. For a video of my approach with this procedure, check out the following link ( http://bit.ly/aOpe47 ) at the PodiatryLIVE™ website. Read More.

Orthoses And Basketball Players: What I Have Learned Over The Past 15 Years

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
10/20/10 | 9529 reads | 2 comments
Basketball season has begun and for many podiatric physicians across the country, this will mean players of all ages and skill levels coming in for acute post-injury treatment and preventative care. Read More.