DPM Blogs

Another Tip For Eliminating Orthotic-Induced Heel Slippage

Larry Huppin DPM
6/7/13 | 2763 reads | 0 comments
A fairly common complaint that I hear in my office is that of patients saying that their heel is slipping up inside one or more shoes when they wear their orthotic devices. This is usually a very easy problem to address and one that every orthotic practitioner should be aware of. Jenny Sanders, DPM, recently wrote an excellent DPM Blog (http://www.podiatrytoday.com/blogged/how-prevent-heel-slippage-orthotic ) on how to use lacing techniques and tongue pads to decrease heel slippage. Read More.

Passing Along Recommendations To Patients For Orthotic-Compatible Sandals

Jenny L Sanders DPM
6/4/13 | 9620 reads | 0 comments
The most important consideration when making a custom orthotic for a sandal is to make sure the sandal that the orthotic will be going into has a removable foot bed. Next, the orthotic should be made specifically for the purchased sandal. In order to accomplish this, I have my patients purchase the sandal first and then send the sandal and the custom orthotic prescription to the lab for a precise fit of the orthotic into the sandal. If you order an orthotic first and then try to fit to the sandal after the fact, it rarely works. Read More.

Managing Tarsometatarsal Joint Arthritis In Older Patients

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
6/3/13 | 3450 reads | 0 comments
Arthritis of the second and third tarsometatarsal joints can be a challenging condition to manage. Clinically, patients present with pain, stiffness and swelling located at the dorsal midfoot. Many patients also have a painful lump on the top of the foot, which makes it difficult to wear a closed shoe. Read More.

Is The Affordable Care Act Affordable?

Lee C. Rogers DPM
5/30/13 | 4290 reads | 0 comments
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) isn’t all roses. In fact, it might be half roses and half weeds. However, in California this week, Covered California, the statewide private insurance exchange, released pricing for the individual insurance market. This resulted in both consumers and advocates smelling roses. Read More.

Ensuring Your Patients Get A Safe Pedicure This Summer

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
5/29/13 | 2807 reads | 0 comments
As sandal season rapidly approaches, our patients will rush to the nail salons. My current and former students know that I am an anti-pedicure kind of gal and a fan of Death by Pedicure by Robert Spalding, DPM (http://justfortoenails.com/death_by_pedicure.html ). Read More.

How To Combat The Residency ‘Shortage’

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
5/28/13 | 3676 reads | 22 comments
I drive around from office to office a lot. When I drive, I think. Dangerous, I know. Lately though, the primary thing on my mind is this residency “shortage” and what in the world we can do to overcome this immense burden on our youngest colleagues. Read More.

Do Foot Orthoses Cause Muscle Weakness?

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
5/23/13 | 4562 reads | 6 comments
One of the many unsubstantiated claims that barefoot/minimalist running advocates make is the assertion that foot orthotics cause muscle weakness in the feet and legs. A simple review of the medical literature reveals the opposite effect. Researchers have measured that foot orthoses actually cause positive trends in muscle activity during gait. Read More.

Can Benfotiamine Provide Relief For Patients With Painful Peripheral Neuropathy?

Jeffrey Bowman DPM MS
5/22/13 | 4393 reads | 1 comments
Do you have patients with diabetes, geriatric patients, patients with hypertension, patients who have had a gastric bypass or patients who suffer from alcoholism? These patients probably cover a large percentage of your patient demographic. Read More.

Amazon Review Says Podiatrists Are Not Experts On Ankle Surgery

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
5/21/13 | 5189 reads | 32 comments
Every once in awhile you come across something that makes your blood boil. My trigger was simply reading reviews of the most current edition of McGlamry's Comprehensive Textbook of Foot and Ankle Surgery on Amazon.com. What infuriated me was the following review: Read More.