DPM Blogs

Why Surgery Is A Bad Wager For Some Patients

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
10/16/13 | 2731 reads | 0 comments
Slowly swirling the amber liquid in the crystal glass, with the nearly non-viscous fluid gracing the edges, I found myself turning inward, becoming increasing contemplative. As the liquid, provided “free” while I sat at the roulette wheel, enveloped the melting ice, I found myself wondering why we as surgeons have not been able to figure out how to game the odds like those savvy dudes who run the place where I happened to be being gamed myself — Vegas. Really, those Vegas cats know how to manipulate outcomes so they always come out on top. Read More.

What Do We Do When A Patient With A Chronic Ulceration Fails Conservative Therapy And Declines An Amputation?

Molly Judge DPM FACFAS
10/11/13 | 5415 reads | 2 comments
Chronic ulcerations, especially in patients with systemic disease, are troublesome to say the least. These patients’ visits are often intensive and laborious, taking a toll on both medical and clerical staff. When patients require outside consultations or hospital admission, telephone communications and added paperwork are costly at many levels. For many physicians, the added overhead expense becomes difficult to afford. Read More.

When An Orthosis Causes A Patient To Feel Laterally Unstable

Larry Huppin DPM
10/8/13 | 4049 reads | 0 comments
A colleague had a patient who presented with plantar fasciitis symptoms and he made her a pair of posted orthoses with a minimum cast fill. The devices worked extremely well at relieving her symptoms. The only problem is now she is feeling like she is somewhat laterally unstable on the left side only. She told the podiatrist she “wishes she had something to push her inward a little bit.” Read More.

How Evaluating Sock Liners Can Provide Diagnostic Insights

Jenny L Sanders DPM
10/7/13 | 4619 reads | 0 comments
A sock liner in a running shoe acts as a moisture barrier between the foot and the insole of the shoe, and provides light cushioning as well. Not all shoes have sock liners but those that do can provide a wealth of information for you and your patients. An easy way to educate patients about their foot function is to show them their sock liner wear patterns. Read More.

When Should You Biopsy Lesions That Appear To Be Pyogenic Granuloma?

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
10/4/13 | 7074 reads | 0 comments
Pyogenic granuloma is a common condition that we see almost every day in clinical practice. This vascular tumor is a benign growth of skin and mucus membranes that can present as a nodule or polyp that bleeds easily after trauma. More often than not, these vascular growths appear on the nail folds and are associated with a paronychia. Read More.

What I Faced Starting Out As An Immigrant Podiatry Student

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
10/2/13 | 3911 reads | 0 comments
Foreign students have a difficult immigration road ahead of them and hopefully this blog will give them more of a path than before. Read More.

What Does The Potential Government Shutdown Mean For Doctors?

Lee C. Rogers DPM
9/30/13 | 4979 reads | 0 comments
If you haven’t heard what’s going on in Washington, you must not have had the TV on in the OR lounge. I just returned from Washington and the mood is somber in the congressional offices as everyone prepares for what appears to be an imminent shutdown due to an impasse over the budget. Read More.

Is DVT Prophylaxis Required Before Foot And Ankle Surgery?

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS
9/27/13 | 4815 reads | 0 comments
Can an aspirin a day keep the blood clots away? The subject of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) prophylaxis is usually associated with postoperative immobilization or prolonged immobilization in the management of injuries such as fractures or tendon ruptures. Read More.

What Natural Therapies Have Promise For Inflammatory Skin Conditions?

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
9/26/13 | 4982 reads | 0 comments
Since 2006, I have used a natural based product in my practice for the treatment of plantar warts: marigold. After meeting and subsequently training with Dr. Tariq Khan at his Marigold Clinic at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, I have used this treatment extensively in my practice. It has certainly changed my career.1 Read More.