Should Courtrooms Bar ‘Hired Guns’ As Expert Witnesses In Malpractice Cases?

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
8/20/10 | 4177 reads | 0 comments
It is something that most of us dread being part of on either side of the courtroom, but more than likely if you have been in practice for any length of time you have been involved with medical malpractice in one form or another. I have certainly been involved in all aspects of the medical malpractice over my 20 years of practice. Read More.

Weighing The Positives And Negatives Of EMR

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
7/23/10 | 4705 reads | 2 comments
Love them or hate them, electronic medical records (EMR) have become an integral component of today’s medical practice. Have you brought them into your practice? What do you think of them if you have? If you have not, why and what are you waiting for? I have been using EMRs of various types for at least the past six years. Prior to incorporating them into my practice, I used dictation for my charting. There was definitely a learning curve with each system I have used but I have gotten very comfortable with using them in my practice. Read More.

Why Treating Equinus Is The Key To Treating Pediatric Flatfoot

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
6/22/10 | 4819 reads | 0 comments
Pediatric flatfoot is a controversial topic on many levels. The decisions on when, how and if treatment is warranted are very much debatable. I have treated several children with pediatric flatfoot and I have learned a lot over the past 20 years from this experience. I would like to share some practical insights that will hopefully facilitate better outcomes if you currently treat or decide to treat this patient group. Read More.

Are The New Rocker Sole Sneakers Worth The Hype?

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
5/24/10 | 23377 reads | 2 comments
If you are like me, you have had patients and nurses ask you about Shape Up shoes (Skechers). My first impression of these shoes was negative since Masai Barefoot Technologies (MBT, Masai Group International) shoes came out. My experience with a rocker sole shoe was singular for my postoperative ankle fusion patients. With increasing numbers of patients asking me about these shoes or wearing them, I thought I would do a little research on them to either confirm my judgment or change it. Read More.

Why Your Hospital Should Be Using A Pre-Op Checklist

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
4/22/10 | 4190 reads | 0 comments
I drive several hours each week to my various offices each week and use the time to listen to audio books. I just finished listening to an excellent book called The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande, MD. The Checklist Manifesto discusses the use of checklists in several fields such as aviation, construction, financial, the restaurant business and others. Being a general surgeon, Dr. Gawande discusses the use of a checklist in medicine or I should say the lack of use of a checklist in medicine. Read More.

Why Locking Plates Will Make Your Surgical Life Easier

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
3/24/10 | 4929 reads | 2 comments
I was having a conversation with my orthopedic surgeon friend, James Friedlander, MD, and he made a comment that really caught my attention. He said locking plates were the most significant advancement in orthopedic surgery in the last 25 years. Read More.

Is The Closing Base Wedge Osteotomy Extinct?

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
2/22/10 | 6174 reads | 2 comments
The closing base wedge osteotomy (CBWO) has long been a favorite for the severe bunion deformity in podiatric surgical history, especially throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Has the once sacred procedure become extinct? Is this procedure still a viable option for the severe bunion deformity? Do the potential complications move this procedure to the back of the bus when it comes to treating the severe bunion deformity? In my opinion, the answer to all of these questions is yes. Read More.

New Year’s Resolution: Get Involved In Your State Association

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
1/25/10 | 2956 reads | 0 comments
Well, it is that time of year again. It is the time for New Year’s resolutions. Lose weight, stop smoking, read more, exercise more, etc. We have all made resolutions and sometimes keep them. Here is one I would ask you to consider for this upcoming year: become involved with your state podiatric medical association. Read More.

Wound Care Haiti: Raising Awareness And Making A Difference For People With Diabetes

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
12/28/09 | 5271 reads | 2 comments
The non-profit organization I have started, Wound Care Haiti, was invited to participate in the World Diabetes Day by the Haitian Foundation for Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease (FHADIMAC). I traveled to Haiti along with two colleagues, Timothy Syperek, DPM, and Robert Hatcher, DPM. The weeklong program was geared to help Wound Care Haiti and FHADIMAC establish a world class wound care center in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Read More.