DPM Blogs

Can A Reverse Morton’s Extension Be Beneficial For Treating Functional Hallux Limitus?

Jenny L Sanders DPM
11/6/13 | 5216 reads | 0 comments
Functional hallux limitus is a loss of metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ) extension during the second half of the single support phase when the weightbearing foot is in maximal dorsiflexion. Functionally, it constitutes a sagittal plane blockade during gait. As a result, the mechanical support and stability mechanisms of the foot are disrupted with important consequences during gait.1 Read More.

Why It’s Worth Revisiting The Lost Art Of Taping

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
11/1/13 | 1597 reads | 0 comments
Taping is becoming a lost art. With all of our graduating residents getting virtually no office exposure throughout their three-year stints in training, it is a reality that we have to face and reverse. Read More.

Podiatric Dermatology Quiz: What Is Your Diagnosis Of This Condition?

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
10/30/13 | 3233 reads | 4 comments
Can you identify the condition in the photo on the left? The chronic pruritic skin disorder is often associated with a personal or family history of asthma, hay fever, allergic rhinitis and eczema. Most cases first become apparent in early childhood. Read More.

Are Gauntlets A Universal Solution For AFO Intervention?

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
10/25/13 | 2128 reads | 2 comments
I often lecture on the topic of clinical indications for ankle-foot orthotic (AFO) therapy. Through interactions with many colleagues around the country, I am amazed at the number of practitioners who favor the use of gauntlet-style AFO devices for bracing the lower extremity. My suspicion is that the handsome reimbursement for these devices may supersede better judgment about patient adherence and improved clinical outcomes. Read More.

When Patients Present With Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Jeffrey Bowman DPM MS
10/24/13 | 3248 reads | 0 comments
Tarsal tunnel syndrome is an entrapment of the posterior tibial nerve or one of its branches within the tarsal canal by the flexor retinaculum, the fibro-osseous tunnels, or the deep fascia.1-4 Sixty to 80 percent of cases have a specific cause of compression and there are multiple factors.5 • A tumor within the tarsal canal that puts pressure on the nerve • Fracture of the calcaneus with a fragment compressed against the nerve • Severe pronation that stretches the soft tissue and compresses the nerve • Enlarged blood vessels (i.e. varicose veins) Read More.

Getting Runners Back On Their Feet After Subungual Hematomas

Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS
10/22/13 | 3207 reads | 0 comments
Subungual hematomas frequently occur in distance runners and I tend to see a lot of them in my practice. While it can be a controversial topic in regard to either draining or removing the entire nail, I learned early in my career that it is best to remove the entire nail. Read More.

Keys To Using Lasers When Treating Onychomycosis

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
10/18/13 | 2528 reads | 0 comments
After researching our electronic medical records, I have found that I’ve treated over 1,500 cases of onychomycosis throughout the past four years. I make it constant practice to critically analyze my outcomes and strive to look for ways to make those outcomes more predictable. (Please note that I have no financial interest in any of the products I will be discussing.) Read More.

Before Treating Their Feet, Try Walking In Their Shoes

Lynn Homisak PRT
10/17/13 | 2481 reads | 0 comments
Don’t your patients deserve an excellent treatment experience? Here are a few examples of providing an optimal environment for patients from the first moment they contact the office. On the phone. A unique thing happened to me the other day when I called a doctor’s office to make an appointment. I was a potential new patient; that should make me pretty special to them, don’t you think? “I’m sorry,” said the receptionist, “Dr. Mightierthanthou cannot see you until December 30th.” Read More.