DPM Blogs

Is The Orthotic Really Too Hard Or Was It Just The Wrong Prescription?

Larry Huppin DPM
8/2/13 | 2367 reads | 1 comments
A fellow podiatrist called me recently, stating that she wanted to make a soft orthotic for a patient who had a significant pes planus foot type and was suffering from plantar fasciitis. She wanted to make a soft device because she said the patient had “hard orthotics” in the past and did not tolerate them. Read More.

Are Minimalist Running Shoes Really To Blame When It Comes To Running Injuries?

Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS
8/1/13 | 3619 reads | 1 comments
Have we forgotten about pronation? With all the hype surrounding minimalist shoes, the concern has shifted from controlling motion to simply avoiding minimalist shoes. This has happened not because minimalist shoes don't control motion but plain and simple because they allegedly cause injury. Read More.

How The Sunshine Act Could Adversely Affect Podiatry Conferences

Lee C. Rogers DPM
7/31/13 | 2344 reads | 2 comments
Beginning August 1, terms of the Sunshine Act mandate the collection of information regarding payments to physicians from pharmaceutical and medical device companies, and subsequent reporting of these payments on a public website in 2014. If you are thinking, “I don’t receive any payments from those entities so it won’t affect me,” think again. Read More.

The Importance Of Researching The Research

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
7/26/13 | 2239 reads | 0 comments
Patients constantly ask us about success rates for various surgeries and other treatment protocols. We often reiterate what we have been taught somewhere in training but can’t really find the source of it. Patients can easily relate to percentages. For example, we commonly tell our patients that 95 percent of people with plantar fasciitis get better without surgery. Where does that information come from? Read More.

Podiatric Dermatology Quiz: Can You Identify This Lesion?

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
7/25/13 | 2610 reads | 3 comments
Can you identify the lesion in the photo on the left? Read More.

Explaining PRP To Your Patients

Jeffrey Bowman DPM MS
7/23/13 | 2039 reads | 0 comments
When you suggest adding platelet-rich plasma to the treatment plan of your patients, keep in mind that they might not be familiar with this type of treatment. Expect some questions. What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)? Platelets are a cellular component of the blood that play a key role in the formation of a blood clot. Platelets contain and release proteins, cytokines and other bioactive factors (growth factors, clotting factors, etc.) that initiate and regulate wound healing. Platelet-rich plasma contains the following growth factors: Read More.

Are Digital Implants More Cost-Effective Than K-Wires?

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS
7/19/13 | 2260 reads | 1 comments
It seems as though every major orthopedic distributor as well as a variety of orthopedic companies that you have never heard of are making digital implants in every shape and size. Typically, the advertisements for these implants are glued to the front of our publications or fall out as you open the journal. It seems as though there are more advertisements for digital implants than even for the laboratories competing for your pathology and nerve fiber density testing business. Read More.

Are You Treating Heel Pain Like A Specialist?

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
7/17/13 | 2893 reads | 0 comments
I often read and listen to colleagues describing their preferred treatment for plantar heel pain. I am surprised at how many podiatric physicians follow the same protocols typical of primary care providers. This raises a question: Why aren’t foot and ankle specialists really practicing like foot and ankle specialists? Read More.

Avoiding A ‘Slippery Slope’ When Treating Intractable Plantar Keratosis

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
7/16/13 | 3804 reads | 2 comments
There are a few foot and ankle surgical procedures that I consider a slippery slope with tremendous uncertainty regarding poor cost versus reward ratios. One of these procedures is the surgical treatment for intractable plantar keratosis via a lesser metatarsal osteotomy. Read More.