How To Enhance Your Knowledge In Podiatric Sports Medicine

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
12/6/10 | 4382 reads | 0 comments
Treating athletic patients can be the most satisfying part of podiatric practice. While people who sustain injury from sports or fitness activities may randomly seek the care of a podiatric physician, few practitioners actively seek referral of these types of patients. Read More.

Why A Sports Medicine Practice Is A Golden Opportunity

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
11/5/10 | 3704 reads | 1 comments
Every day, I access a popular podiatric list serve and read numerous submissions from my colleagues who lament about their declining enthusiasm to continue practicing podiatric medicine. Many feel “helpless” as third party payors make regular cuts in reimbursement for services rendered. Others complain about the lack of ”parity” in training, scope of practice and acceptance in the community of podiatric physicians in comparison with our MD counterparts. Read More.

What Is The Best Surgery For Hallux Rigidus?

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
9/27/10 | 12045 reads | 2 comments
One of the most common reasons patients present to my office for a second opinion about a proposed treatment from another practitioner is an inquiry about treatment options for hallux rigidus. Read More.

What The Evidence Reveals About Prophylactic Ankle Bracing

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
8/19/10 | 5636 reads | 1 comments
At last month’s American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) National Meeting in Seattle, I had the privilege of moderating a fascinating session titled “Controversies in Podiatric Sports Medicine,” which attracted a standing room only crowd in one of the main lecture halls. Topics such as “When to Operate on a Jones Fracture” and “Management of Second MTP Pathologies in the Runner” stimulated lively debate amongst the panelists. Read More.

How Podiatric Associations Are Combating The Dispensing Of ‘Custom’ Orthoses In The Retail Setting

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
7/9/10 | 5153 reads | 2 comments
Last year, I wrote a blog for Podiatry Today entitled: “Why Podiatrists Should Not Fear Custom Foot Orthotics at Costco” (see http://www.podiatrytoday.com/blogged/why-podiatrists-should-not-fear-cus...). Interestingly, this blog has generated over 6,500 reads. Clearly, this topic of dispensing low-cost foot orthoses in a retail setting has great interest among both the professional and lay communities. Read More.

Are Runners Better Off Than They Were 30 Years Ago?

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
5/17/10 | 3106 reads | 1 comments
In the book Born to Run, Christopher McDougall makes the observation that running injuries have not reduced in frequency over the past 30 years despite the perceived technical advances in athletic footwear over this same period of time. He suggests that runners have been ripped off by the hype and false claims made by running shoe manufacturers. While this assertion is partly true (overall running injury rates have not changed much in 30 years), the assumption that footwear has not improved the life of the runner is false. Read More.

Are We Born To Run Barefoot?

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
3/30/10 | 6179 reads | 0 comments
I just finished reading Christopher McDougall’s book Born to Run (Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2009), which one of my patients actually mailed to me as a gift. This best-selling book is a fascinating read and highly recommended for all podiatric physicians. Why? This book has proposed many challenges to current podiatric theories about normal and abnormal foot function. Some of these challenges have merit and some lack scientific foundation. Read More.

Why Did DPMs Miss The Boat On Therapeutic Diabetic Hosiery?

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
3/3/10 | 3395 reads | 3 comments
While the incidence of diabetes and foot-related complications continues to spiral out of control in this country, medical professionals need to step back and evaluate their role in preventive medicine. Most of my podiatric colleagues are unaware of the significant role that the Internet and direct-to-consumer businesses have in the care of the patient with diabetes. Today, millions of patients with diabetes turn to the Internet and commercial companies to provide information and products to prevent the complications of diabetes. Read More.

Where Can The Foot And Ankle Surgeon Go For Continuing Education On Biomechanics?

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
2/8/10 | 3585 reads | 0 comments
The last time I checked, there were no lectures devoted to biomechanics at the upcoming American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) Scientific Conference in Las Vegas (Feb. 22 to 26). I continue to be amazed that our profession would stage a conference that advertises “cutting edge clinical and practice management topics,” and ignores the vital role that biomechanics plays in foot and ankle surgery. Our counterparts at the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) devote almost one-third of the lectures at its annual meeting to biomechanics topics. Read More.