When You Have To Get Creative With Surgery

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Every once in awhile, we get to be creative in surgery. Most of the time, our surgical procedural selection is straightforward using time-tested surgical techniques. Let’s face it. The Austin bunionectomy works.


Learning To Pick Your Battles When Surgery Is Not The Answer

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Pediatric flatfoot is a common condition that we see on a regular basis. I have case that I want to share with you. A 14-year-old male presented with his mother and grandmother for a second opinion regarding surgery. His parents were concerned because of the way he walks. His feet turn out, according to his mother. For years, his pediatrician told the family that he would eventually grow out of it. Now that he is a teenager and still walking with an out-toed attitude, his pediatrician decided to refer him to a specialist for evaluation.


Managing Patient Expectations For Elective Reconstructive Surgery

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I had a conversation with a longtime friend and colleague about the stresses of our job as podiatrists. The laypeople or even other medical specialists who are reading this may say, “Oh, it’s just a foot. How difficult could that be?”


Managing The Tricky Metatarsus Adductus Foot

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What I Get Out Of Lecturing And What I Hope To Give Listeners

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I was recently lecturing at a podiatry meeting and a colleague asked me “Why do you lecture?” I looked at him and said, “That is a tough question and I really don’t know what to say.” So I have been thinking about that and I want to share with you my thoughts on that.


What Makes A Great Surgeon?

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What makes a great surgeon? Certainly, sound surgical principles are paramount when handling tissues. I feel the most important ability that makes a great surgeon is knowing what to do if your “plan A” is not working out. Being able to assess a situation and make good surgical decisions is what separates a surgeon from a technician.


Unraveling The Mystery Of Metatarsalgia Under The Second Metatarsal Head

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Metatarsalgia under the second metatarsal head is a condition we treat on a daily basis. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to treat and manage.


What Podiatrists Can Learn From An All-Star Shortstop’s Career

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I read recently that Derek Jeter is going to retire after the 2014 baseball season. You are probably wondering what this has to do with podiatry. I have blogged in the past about the secrets of success in practice. In the blog “Starting Your Practice Off On The Right Foot After Graduation,” the first and most important “secret” is to do the right thing for every patient all of the time (see http://tinyurl.com/m9oxgjz ).


A Stepwise Approach To Treating The Dorsally Elevated Fifth Toe

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Treatment Pearls For Mueller-Weiss Syndrome

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Mueller-Weiss syndrome is an adult onset spontaneous avascular necrosis condition of the navicular bone. This condition is distinctly different from Kohler’s disease, which is a pediatric osteochondritis.