The Art Of Dealing With The Challenges Of Hammertoe Surgery

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Hammertoe surgery is a mainstay in every podiatrist’s office. I have personally found that hammertoe surgery is among the most challenging surgery we perform. Although the surgery is seemingly simple, the results are not as predictable as other surgeries that we do. When we look at each toe individually, there are inherent challenges that each one possesses.


The Top Ten Ubiquitous Patients Who Present To Podiatry Offices

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On the lighter side, I thought I would dedicate this blog to our patients. Here is a top ten list of the ubiquitous podiatric patients for your review and reflections.

1. “The Poor Historian.” The Poor Historian presents to your office for the first time. While you are reviewing his or her intake paperwork, you notice that the patient is not taking any medications, never had any surgery, and has no allergies. On paper, the Poor Historian looks like the epitome of good health.


Giving Thanks For Those Who Helped Shape My Career In Podiatry

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Given the holiday season, I thought I would dedicate this blog to giving thanks to those who have helped me in my professional life.


Pivotal Improvements That Have Led To Increased Efficiency And Quality Care

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I want to share with you some of the greatest improvements I have implemented in my office that have changed the way I practice podiatry.


Lateral Column Pain: Underscoring The Challenges In Diagnosis And Treatment

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The majority of patient encounters to the podiatrist are secondary to pain in the foot and/or ankle. If we draw an imaginary line bisecting the lower leg and extending distally to the third toe, pain in the medial aspect of the foot and ankle is typically straightforward.


Keeping Surgery Simple: Why K-Wires Are Underrated

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In some of my earlier blogs, I wrote about how I like to keep things simple in daily practice. This concept also applies to surgery.

Let’s face it: we are always looking for better ways of doing things in surgery. That is what separates a surgeon from a technician. Maybe you want to tweak the way you make your bone cut or try different fixation techniques. After all, we are always striving for perfection every time we walk into the operating room.


Three Secrets For A Successful Podiatry Practice

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I would like to share with you my business secrets for a successful podiatry practice.

Unfortunately, no one teaches us how to run a business in podiatry school. When you get up in the morning and head to the office, you may not consider yourself a businessman/woman but you are. You basically have two hats to wear.


Why I Prefer Having A ‘Mom and Pop’ Podiatry Practice

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What is the best practice model for today’s podiatrist? I can tell you from experience that I have tried just about everything and I think I have figured it out.

Most of us have had the same dream starting out in podiatry school when we envisioned our practice as an empire. In your dream, you may have envisioned multiple offices blanketing all corners of the metropolitan city. Most of us dream and think big because we are motivated and intelligent people. After all, that is what got us to where we are now.


Should We Biopsy Everything?

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Tissue biopsy is underutilized in our profession. Can you think of a reason not to biopsy tissue? Are we that concerned about saving health care dollars?


Is Clinical Examination A Lost Art?

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We live in a high-tech world. Medicine and surgery are not exempt. I personally think we are all prone to forget the basic tenets of diagnosis. Think way back to podiatry school when you learned the fundamentals (range of motion, manual muscle testing, gait exam, etc.) of examining the foot and ankle.

Today, it is all about diagnostic ultrasound, MRIs, CTs, bone scans and other “hands-off” testing modalities. Certainly, these tests have their place in working up a difficult diagnosis but let us not forget the most important aspect of examination.

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