DPM Blogs

Are You On Board With High-Resolution Diagnostic Ultrasound?

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
9/12/13 | 8545 reads | 0 comments
The dawn of Man, as illustrated by the genius film director Stanley Kubrick in his 1968 film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, shows a tribal ape picking up a large animal femur from a bony carcass and staring at it inquisitively. Almost serendipitously, the primate smashes the bone to the ground, pulverizing the remainder of the animal skeleton. With the shrapnel of bony particles exploding in every direction, it suddenly occurs to the ape that he has discovered a very powerful tool: the club. Read More.

Clearing The Path To Better Doctor-Staff Communication

Lynn Homisak PRT
9/11/13 | 4081 reads | 2 comments
My husband visited his chiropractor last week and relayed his interesting, yet not uncommon, experience. Read More.

A Straightforward Guide To The Lapidus Bunionectomy

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
9/6/13 | 6108 reads | 2 comments
The popularity of the Lapidus bunionectomy seems to ebb and flow over the years. When we compare the Lapidus to other bunionectomy procedures, such as an Austin or similar distal metaphyseal osteotomies, there seems to be more reasons not to do a Lapidus. Read More.

How Shoe Stretchers Can Help Your Patients Get A Perfect Fit

Jenny L Sanders DPM
9/5/13 | 6666 reads | 0 comments
Just like clothes, few shoes fit perfectly "off the rack." Most need some tailoring to fit. Do your patients have bunions, hammertoes or other deformities that make shoes difficult to fit? If so, a shoe stretcher can help. Patients will often pay to have a single pair of shoes stretched, but you can teach them how to stretch all of their tight fitting shoes at home easily, safely and for a lot less money. Read More.

Can Diagnostic Ultrasound Be Useful In The Right Hands?

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
9/4/13 | 3988 reads | 0 comments
My colleagues confound and confuse me at times. I was very fortunate that in my residency, I had significant exposure to the benefits of offering diagnostic ultrasound as a modality in my future practice. I learned (along with my attendings because this was "new" at the time), what to look for and how to make out all those shades of gray you see when evaluating an image on the screen. Luckily, we were also sending our images to a radiologist who was always open to have us call him and ask about the results, and teach us how to “see” what was there. Read More.

How To Address Smoking In The Podiatric Patient

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS
8/30/13 | 2405 reads | 0 comments
Last year, I acted as a moderator for an American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) podcast on the subject of complications. The panel consisted of rather well-known and accomplished podiatric surgeons. The subject of smoking came up and interestingly, no panel members stated that they would interdict the performance of surgery in someone who is smoking. In fact, one panel member stated that if he were to refuse to perform surgery on a patient who smoked that he literally would have no one to do surgery on. Read More.

Addressing Retrocalcaneal Exostosis Pain With Friction Management

Larry Huppin DPM
8/29/13 | 2425 reads | 0 comments
I recently had a patient in my office who had a complaint of posterior heel pain when wearing several different pairs of dress shoes. He had a fairly large retrocalcaneal exostosis on the right calcaneus at the proximal aspect of the posterior calcaneus. There are obviously a number of ways to address the retrocalcaneal exostosis. Our primary goals are to reduce pressure and reduce friction. Reducing pressure in this area is always a little tough without changing shoes. Although you can attempt to stretch shoes in this area, it is usually not particularly effective. Read More.

Can Oasis (Porcine Small Intestine Submucosa) Have An Impact For Pyoderma Gangrenosum?

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
8/27/13 | 3258 reads | 0 comments
Pyoderma gangrenosum is a rare, non-infectious neutrophilic dermatosis that results in painful, recurrent necrotizing ulcerations. The condition causes painful ulcerations, with a characteristic appearance of a violaceous undermined border, mainly on the lower extremity. The etiology is poorly understood and there is no defined treatment protocol. Read More.

Why First MPJ Fusion Is Superior To Implant Arthroplasty

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
8/23/13 | 3664 reads | 9 comments
A few weeks ago, fellow Podiatry Today blogger Ron Raducanu, DPM, FACFAS, advocated that he prefers to use implant arthroplasty over arthrodesis when treating hallux rigidus.1 His blog illustrates some concerns I have regarding accurate reporting of the medical literature and the need to utilize evidence-based medicine in the selection of surgical procedures.2,3 Read More.