DPM Blogs

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

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
4/25/13 | 3385 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 | 3119 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 | 2915 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.

Can Minimalist Shoes Be Beneficial For Osteoarthritis-Related Knee Pain?

Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS
4/19/13 | 5553 reads | 21 comments
A new study accepted for publication in Arthritis & Rheumatism says patients walking barefoot or wearing minimalist shoes have reported a reduction in knee adduction as well as reduced pain.1 This article is greatly needed in the world of orthopedics where the majority of orthopedists are still prescribing foot orthotics to treat many of the lower extremity injuries that do not warrant surgery. Read More.

A Closer Look At The Recent Literature On Achilles Tendinosis

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS
4/16/13 | 2541 reads | 0 comments
Quinolone antibiotics have been implicated as associated with an increased risk of tendon pathology and rupture. Patients to whom we prescribe quinolone antibiotics should receive advice on this potential complication. Read More.

Treating The Symptoms And Consequences Of Poor Office Scheduling

Lynn Homisak PRT
4/12/13 | 2649 reads | 0 comments
Delayed schedule. Irritated patients. Late workdays. Costly overtime. Disgruntled staff. Stress. You don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to figure out that something is wrong. All these signs are the classic symptoms of poor scheduling but that is only one diagnosis. Sure, patients expect backups … occasionally. However, when waiting becomes a repeat performance with no effort to fix it, all that good customer service your practice offers to romance your patients goes out the door along with the patient. Read More.

What A Spanish Podiatrist Learned From Visiting With Podiatrists In The United States

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
4/11/13 | 4510 reads | 0 comments
Editor’s note: This entry’s guest author is Gabriel Aguirrezabal, a Spanish podiatrist. He is in private practice in Bilbao in Basque Country, Spain. I am Gabriel Aguirrezabal, a Spanish podiatrist. I am very thankful to Dr. DeHeer and his colleagues for welcoming me into Indianapolis for two weeks in March. During my journey, I wanted to develop new podiatric skills and discover how doctors practice podiatric medicine in the United States. I was able to rotate through a variety of podiatric settings such as surgery, clinical practice and even wound care. Read More.

Why It’s A Crime That Not All Residents Have Found A Matching Program

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
4/10/13 | 2117 reads | 0 comments
There is not enough crime scene yellow tape at the national CSI headquarters to outline the prostrate victims of this incredible, all time crime of our profession. The blogs are a fury, screaming with brash and ridiculous statements like: “… The primary culprits are the administrators at each of the podiatry schools. They knew, or should have known, that they enrolled more students than the number of residency programs available. They operate in their ivory towers, receiving huge salaries, with little regard of the postgraduate reality.” Read More.

How To Accommodate For Prominent Styloids

Larry Huppin DPM
4/4/13 | 3125 reads | 0 comments
I recently saw a patient for whom I dispensed a new pair of orthotic devices. This patient had a prominent styloid process. When considering an orthosis for a patient with a prominent styloid process, you have to determine where the styloid needs accommodation. To make this decision, you must first determine whether the styloid is prominent laterally, plantarly or both. Lateral and plantar styloid prominences require different accommodation. Read More.