DPM Blogs

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

Bradly Bussewitz DPM
12/13/13 | 4991 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 | 1427 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 | 1869 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.

Dealing With An Unusual Case Of Foot Pain Due To Cushing’s Disease

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
12/6/13 | 2735 reads | 0 comments
A diagnosis is often difficult when we cannot identify underlying metabolic condition. This month’s blog highlights such a case. Read More.

An Unlikely Blog Topic That Can Drive Traffic To Your Site

Jenny L Sanders DPM
12/5/13 | 3032 reads | 0 comments
I have been blogging since 2007 and a quick review of my all-time-stats (1.3 million views and counting) reveals that “top of the foot bump” is the most popular online search term that directs readers to my blog. Searching that term will lead to several posts with titles that are a variation of “top of the foot bump” as well as blogs on bunions and modifying shoe laces. Read More.

Treating A Possible Case Of Terry’s Nails

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
12/4/13 | 6758 reads | 0 comments
A 50-year-old female patient presented to me with discoloration of her toenails. Her family asked her to have her nails checked out as she could be “contagious” and have nail fungus. She had no other pertinent medical history or medications of relevance. She had no pain associated with her nails and related no history of trauma. Read More.

Looking Deeper Into AdvaMed's Code Of Ethics

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
11/29/13 | 3285 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 | 2096 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 | 1849 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.