DPM Blogs

Remembering ‘Whatshisname’ When Treating Recurring Patients

Lynn Homisak PRT
5/10/13 | 1703 reads | 1 comments
Has this ever happened to you? You run into one of your patients outside the office and of course when you see him, you know who he is but his name temporarily escapes you. As he walks up to greet you, he confidently says, “Hello, Dr. Smith!” Although your brain goes into overdrive trying to search for a more personal response, the best you can do is, “Well, hi there … nice to see you.” Read More.

What To Do If The Orthotic Heel Cup Is Too Narrow

Larry Huppin DPM
5/7/13 | 2600 reads | 0 comments
I recently saw a patient who came back in for followup after getting her orthotics. She was comfortable in the orthotics for the most part and they have worked very well in relieving her symptoms. However, there was one area that was bothering her and that was the lateral heel cup on one orthosis. Read More.

What Summer Sandals To Recommend To Patients

Jenny L Sanders DPM
5/6/13 | 10289 reads | 0 comments
With summer just around the corner, patients are already starting to ask, “What sandals do you recommend”? The following are my recommendations for brands that I have had success with for my patients. In general, sandals having multiple, adjustable straps provide the best fit. This month, I will give non-orthotic sandal recommendations. Next month, I will recommend orthotic friendly designs. Chaco (http://www.chacos.com/US/en ). Chacos are some of my favorites. Their signature styles use fully adjustable/sliding straps to accommodate varying foot volumes. Read More.

When You Have To Get Creative With Surgery

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
5/1/13 | 1877 reads | 0 comments
Every once in awhile, we get to be creative in surgery. Most of the time, our surgical procedural selection is straightforward using time-tested surgical techniques. Let’s face it. The Austin bunionectomy works. Read More.

Emphasizing The Importance Of Preparation For Emergency Situations

Lee C. Rogers DPM
4/30/13 | 2357 reads | 0 comments
By now, we have heard how brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev constructed the bombs at the Boston Marathon with a pressure cooker and metal projectiles, and placed the bombs in backpacks on the ground. Due to the low positioning of the bombs, their blasts caused many lower extremity injuries and three deaths, including one child whose vital organs were closer to the ground. In total, more than 175 injuries occurred. It is unknown how many suffered amputations but a Boston Medical Center statement revealed that out of 23 patients treated there, five underwent amputations. Read More.

When Rashes Do Not Seem To Respond To Treatment

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
4/29/13 | 2518 reads | 0 comments
All of us have experienced a patient whose red, scaly rash has not responded to our prescription topical therapy. Not only is this challenging to us as practitioners but also to the patient. Failure to respond to conventional therapy warrants a skin biopsy. Read More.

How Do We Make Money With What We Were Trained To Do?

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
4/25/13 | 3336 reads | 4 comments
Let’s talk money, ladies and gentlemen. More specifically, how do you make money with what you were trained to do? I posed this question to a classroom full of students who participated in a Practice Management Club lunch meeting at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. We were talking about practice management considerations when dealing with the pediatric population. After we discussed this at length, I posed the question of what type of practice these students were looking to get into after residency. One of the students very astutely said, “a practice that makes money!” Read More.

A Guide To The Ins And Outs of Hallux Varus

Jeffrey Bowman DPM MS
4/24/13 | 3080 reads | 0 comments
Most of us in the podiatric field know a lot about bunions. You mastered them as a first-year resident and have never looked back. They are the bread and butter of podiatry. What we often forget is the problematic complication that often follows bunion surgery — hallux varus. Hallux varus can be a complication of bunion surgery but can also be a congenital anomaly. Read More.

New Research Warns Of Negative Effects Of AFOs On Balance

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
4/23/13 | 2886 reads | 10 comments
Researchers at the University of Illinois recently published a study that adds to the existing findings on the negative effects of ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs) on balance and postural control. Researchers continue to validate that semi-rigid, non-articulated AFO devices will compromise balance, particularly when patients wear the devices bilaterally. Read More.