We Are Podiatrists. Nothing More, Nothing Less.

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
11/28/12 | 8430 reads | 30 comments
Ladies and gentlemen, I have an earth shattering confession to make. Wait for it … I am extremely proud and honored to call myself a podiatrist. As silly and simple as this revelation may seem, when I look around at what is going on in our profession today, that term that so eloquently describes what we do everyday seems to be whispered these days instead of proclaimed loudly and proudly. It is almost blasphemous to actually refer to ourselves as what exactly we are. We are podiatrists, the foot and ankle experts, nothing more and nothing less. Read More.

Keys To Correcting Syndactyly And Avoiding Surgical Complications

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
10/8/12 | 9104 reads | 5 comments
I met with a charming young family several weeks ago. They came in with a very articulate, rambunctious 3-year-old boy who had a simple complaint. “My toes are stuck together!” he said. When questioned a little further, he admitted that, “Sometimes it rubs on my shoes and my toes stay over each other.” I was amazed how just a few words given by this young lad pretty much gave me all the information I needed to start discussing what was going on with the parents of this very bright child.   Read More.

Why We Need To Be More Judicious With Diagnostic Testing

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
8/29/12 | 2215 reads | 0 comments
As an extension of last month's magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) blog, I had an interesting case in our local hospital, which I wanted to share with the readership. This is about a female who presented to the emergency room with a toe ulcer and the roundabout way we were able to “save” her toe. Read More.

Do We Overuse MRI?

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
8/8/12 | 3773 reads | 2 comments
Did I really need to order that magnetic resonance image (MRI)? I have been wondering that a lot lately. Why exactly did I need it? Could I have treated this patient without the benefit of this technology? Is there a benefit for me to have this technology available? Read More.

What I Have Learned In My First Decade Of Practice

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
6/28/12 | 2768 reads | 0 comments
Ten years seems like such a long time when you’re growing up. When you’re a kid, you look at people 10 years older than you and you think to yourself, “Jeez, they are old.” As we get older time seems to speed up, too. You get married, have kids, get busy in practice and every day is just a flash. Next thing you know time doesn’t just seem to speed up, it becomes a blur. Read More.

Why We Need Better Data On Fitting Shoes For Children

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
5/9/12 | 3331 reads | 0 comments
Children are not just little adults. We know this intuitively when we care for our own children but when it comes to feet, I think most shoe companies are really regressing. Read More.

Can Sympathetic Nerve Blocks And Spinal Stimulation Help Children With CRPS?

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
1/17/12 | 3697 reads | 0 comments
Rarely in my profession do I encounter a patient whose story profoundly affects me. It happens more often when I see children. As a parent, I cannot possibly imagine any of my children in chronic pain. This is why I was so disturbed when I met a young lady and heard her experience over the last six months or so. Her pediatrician sent her to me because she was in so much pain. She could not ambulate properly and would not put her heel down flat on the ground. Her pediatrician wanted me to evaluate her and see if this was a mechanical or sensory issue. Read More.

Navigating Parental Minefields When Treating Kids

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
12/8/11 | 2865 reads | 0 comments
As many of you know, I love working with kids. There is something about treating that population that I feel makes all the hard work in school and residency worth it. However, it does take a special kind of person to know how to deal with the challenges of this population. In the last couple of weeks, I was reminded why some of my colleagues just outright avoid this age group altogether. Read More.

Are Medical Textbooks Obsolete?

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
11/11/11 | 3261 reads | 0 comments
I am a voracious reader. I love books and immersing myself in the new worlds the best fiction writers create. I also love textbooks. Throughout college and podiatry school, I spent most of my money -- anything not reserved for living or education expenses -- on any text I could find. In between studying for exams, I would leaf through these texts to pick up bits of information I hoped would stick in my databank for future use. Read More.