DPM Blogs

Kudos To JAPMA On Tackling Fall Prevention

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
12/30/13 | 1488 reads | 0 comments
This month, the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association (JAPMA) published an entire issue devoted to the subject of the prevention of falls in older people (volume 103, issue 6). This publication represents a landmark contribution from the podiatric profession to this vital public health initiative. After reading all of the articles presented in November/December 2013 issue of JAPMA, I was struck by the following observations. Read More.

When It Comes To Wounds, CMS Tells Hospitals 'Size Doesn’t Matter'

Lee C. Rogers DPM
12/27/13 | 3249 reads | 2 comments
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) recently released the 2014 coverage decisions for the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS). Many of the changes will affect both in wound care centers and outpatient surgeries in hospitals. These changes will not directly affect physician reimbursement but they will limit what modalities physicians can use in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). This will directly affect our patients and the available procedures we can perform. Read More.

How Reactive Oxygen Species Can Lead To A Chronic Wound

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
12/23/13 | 1762 reads | 0 comments
What factors can complicate the healing of a chronic wound? A recent presentation at the American Society for Cell Biology points to reactive oxygen species reacting with biofilm as a factor. Read More.

Current Insights On Diagnosing And Treating Osteochondromas

Jeffrey Bowman DPM MS
12/20/13 | 1660 reads | 0 comments
There are many types of soft tissue masses or tumors that an individual may suffer from as well as many different types of bone tumors, both benign and malignant. These tumors have varying characteristics as well as age of onset. One can find many of these tumors incidentally via X-ray evaluation. Read More.

How An Unmatched Podiatry Graduate Is Forging Ahead

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
12/19/13 | 2455 reads | 0 comments
Every once in a while, I have a guest blogger write for me. This month, I have asked Aaron Warnock, DPM, to contribute his thoughts on going unmatched for a residency program and his future. I met with Dr. Warnock and was pleasantly surprised by his positive outlook on the whole situation. I offered him a position within my practice to continue his education and bridge this year until he starts a program. He has been a revelation — hard working, dedicated and patient centric. It has been a pleasure working with him. Read More.

Combating The Dogma On Plantar Fasciopathy With The Gift Of Truth

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
12/18/13 | 1601 reads | 1 comments
You know that feeling you get when, after countless hours of the endless drudgery of searching, you finally find that perfect thing and all of the frustration and tiredness suddenly melt away, almost like they never happened? Read More.

A Closer Look At Clinical Practice Guidelines For Antimicrobial Prophylaxis In Surgery

Bradly Bussewitz DPM
12/13/13 | 4906 reads | 0 comments
The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Surgical Infection Society, and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America provide practitioners with a standardized approach to the rational, safe and effective use of antimicrobial agents for the prevention of surgical site infections (SSIs). The guideline is based on currently available clinical evidence and emerging issues. I will take this opportunity to briefly remind foot and ankle surgeons of some findings within this 2013 report.1 Read More.

Kick The ‘Revolving Door’ Habit By Hiring Staff Who Will Flourish

Lynn Homisak PRT
12/12/13 | 1305 reads | 0 comments
Do you know what the cost of turnover is to your practice? If you calculate this, you probably wouldn’t be so quick to hire people just to fill a role without truly vetting their background, skills, strengths and weaknesses … or having a real conversation with them to learn more about their personality and attitude. That is where the problems start: with improperly conducted interviews. Read More.

Should You Use First Ray Cutouts For Pes Cavus Feet?

Larry Huppin DPM
12/10/13 | 1782 reads | 0 comments
A while back, I wrote a blog on why I rarely recommend first ray cutouts (see http://prolaborthotics.com/Blog/tabid/90/EntryID/113/Default.aspx ). More recently, a colleague asked if I would recommend a first ray cutout for a pes cavus foot with plantarflexion of the first ray. Read More.