Are The New Rocker Sole Sneakers Worth The Hype?

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
5/24/10 | 21856 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 | 3994 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 | 4664 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 | 5757 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 | 2882 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 | 5100 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.

Sharing Insights From The Bone And Joint Decade International Clubfoot Symposium

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
11/30/09 | 3561 reads | 3 comments
I recently had the opportunity to represent the podiatric community at the Bone and Joint Decade Meeting’s International Clubfoot Symposium in Washington, D.C. This invitation-only symposium was arranged by the Ponseti International Association with a mission to establish a worldwide clubfoot directive. Health care professionals, parents of clubfoot patients, public health officials and non-profit organization representatives from all over the world attended. Read More.

Why A Website Is Essential For Your Practice

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
10/30/09 | 2272 reads | 2 comments
I recently saw a new patient in one of my offices and I asked him how he found out about my practice. His reply was very interesting. He found me on his insurance plan but also noted that I was the only one on the list that had a Website. He picked me from the list solely because of my practice website. Do you have a website? Do you think it is vital to your practice? How many new patients are you losing a month because you do not have a Website? How much money are you ultimately losing due to this? Read More.

Expressing Concerns About Health Care Reform

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
10/5/09 | 3909 reads | 1 comments
If you are like me, you are concerned about what is going to happen with health care reform but are kind of tired of all the rhetoric you hear each day from both sides of the debate. Clearly, the system is broken and cannot sustain itself at its current rate of growth. Additionally, the number of uninsured and underinsured is disgraceful for one of the wealthiest countries in the world. I do not consider myself too liberal but I do think health care is an individual right -- not a luxury -- if you can afford it. Read More.