DPM Blogs

Looking Deeper Into AdvaMed's Code Of Ethics

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
11/29/13 | 3173 reads | 0 comments
Dear Mr. Van Haute, I read with great interest your recent online-exclusive article for Podiatry Today entitled “Why Your Sales Rep Doesn’t Bring You Flowers Anymore” (see http://www.podiatrytoday.com/why-your-sales-rep-doesn%E2%80%99t-bring-yo... ). Although I thank you for taking the time to write this feature, I can’t help but feel that there were some significant omissions as to the exact intentions of AdvaMed’s intentions. You do not really address the Code of Ethics and what the “Sunshine Law” truly reflects to the industry AdvaMed represents. Read More.

Essential Treatment Tips For Polydactyly

Jeffrey Bowman DPM MS
11/27/13 | 1945 reads | 0 comments
Polydactyly literally means “many digits.” The condition can occur on its own or from a genetic or familial inheritance pattern. The supernumerary digit may be a fully functional digit or a skin tag-type of digit that is non-functional. Polydactyly occurs in approximately two out of every 1,000 live births and about 30 percent of patients have a positive family history.1-3 Read More.

Learning From The Wisdom Of James Ganley, DPM

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS
11/26/13 | 1739 reads | 3 comments
As a student at the Pennsylvania College of Podiatry, my classmates and myself had the privilege of studying orthopedics under the direction of James Ganley, DPM. Dr. Ganley was a friend of E. Dalton McGlamry, DPM, and in a manner similar to Dr. McGlamry set a standard of academic and a scientific excellence that far exceeded the podiatry profession in those days. He practiced in a smaller Pennsylvania town and published a good deal in various areas of lower extremity pathology, always maintaining a keen interest in pediatric orthopedics. Read More.

Obtaining A Rewarding Surgical Outcome With Plantar Plate Repair

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
11/22/13 | 3394 reads | 0 comments
In a podiatric practice, a single rewarding interaction with a patient can easily override any of the negative encounters of the day. I recently had this type of positive experience with a patient who followed up six months after undergoing surgical repair of a tear of the plantar plate of the second metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ). Read More.

Why Dr. Oz Does Not Have The Last Word On Bunion Surgery

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
11/21/13 | 4720 reads | 2 comments
When people perceive you as the expert of all things medical, you have a responsibility to report accurately based on current literature. Mehmet Oz, MD, is a cardiothoracic surgeon and television personality. Recently on his show, he profiled bunion surgery. He titled the show “The Surgery You Should Say ‘No’ To.” In my opinion, this show displayed some of the most irresponsible medical journalism I have witnessed in some time. The Dr. Oz Show is a popular daytime show that many turn to for medical information and education in a way the layperson can easily understand. Read More.

What To Tell Patients Who Ask ‘What's The Best Shoe For Me?’

Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS
11/20/13 | 2087 reads | 0 comments
I am sure at one time or another, if not daily, patients ask us the question of "What's the best shoe for me?" Depending on one's personality and willingness to talk, this could turn into a rather long discussion with your patient. Read More.

Can Muscle Strengthening Relieve Plantar Pressures In Patients With Diabetic Polyneuropathy?

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
11/15/13 | 5854 reads | 0 comments
For patients with diabetic polyneuropathy, plantar foot ulcers can develop due to higher plantar pressures. Is muscle strengthening the answer to relieving such pressures? The results of a new study in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research cast some doubt on this question, which many have had for some years.1 Read More.

Preventing Embezzlement In Your Office

Lynn Homisak PRT
11/14/13 | 1859 reads | 0 comments
I generally don’t get twisted up about the many office troubles I see. I acknowledge them, analyze them and help fix them. What I have noticed, however, is that every so often, the topic of embezzlement resurfaces, typically after another victim comes forward to tell his or her story. Read More.

Is It Time To Switch The Dial On Insurance Networks?

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
11/13/13 | 2111 reads | 2 comments
I know this may “date me” a bit but I remember when network TV was the pinnacle of entertainment. Networks delivered high quality products that were substantive and complete. We were happy with it. There were few channels but great programming. Even as new channels were introduced, network TV was still the place to be. After all, billions of dollars in advertising money can’t be wrong, right? Read More.