DPM Blogs

A Closer Look At Emerging Research On Plantar Fasciitis And Plantar Fibromatosis

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS
5/16/13 | 3962 reads | 0 comments
Here is a look at numerous recent studies on the diagnosis and various treatments of plantar fasciitis and plantar fibromatoses. Read More.

Defending My Position On Orthoses

Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS
5/15/13 | 8523 reads | 12 comments
Our profession needs to keep an open mind in regard to shoes and treating running injuries. People do not change what they are doing unless they have a reason to change. I continue to see runners not responding to orthotics and stability control shoes in my practice so I have provided a change, one that is working for others and myself. Of course, there is not a preponderance of evidence to support this change but there are emerging studies that support my thinking regarding the use of minimalist shoes. I have cited these studies in the past and will continue to do so. Read More.

Emerging Concepts For Reducing Post-Op Pain

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
5/14/13 | 2873 reads | 0 comments
I don’t know about you but I hate pain. I hate it for my patients and I hate it when it affects me. Truthfully, I hate it more when my patients have pain as it causes me pain internally as well. We both end up in a painful state. Patients do not realize how much we really suffer as surgeons when our patients are having a complication or more pain than is expected. At least when I have pain, I know for the most part that I can modulate it in some way or understand it to a greater extent than my patient can. Read More.

Remembering ‘Whatshisname’ When Treating Recurring Patients

Lynn Homisak PRT
5/10/13 | 1710 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 | 2636 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 | 10413 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 | 1897 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 | 2373 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 | 2531 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.