DPM Blogs

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

Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS
4/19/13 | 5516 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 | 2524 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 | 2645 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 | 4503 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 | 2108 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 | 3115 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.

When Charcot Arises After Surgery

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
4/2/13 | 2266 reads | 0 comments
Charcot arthropathy is a devastating condition of the foot and ankle that causes severe instability and resultant deformity. Any patient who has peripheral neuropathy, regardless of the etiology, is susceptible to this condition. Read More.

How To Prevent Heel Slippage From An Orthotic

Jenny L Sanders DPM
4/1/13 | 3519 reads | 1 comments
Heel slippage arising from a dispensed orthotic is not an uncommon problem. Ways to address this problem include modified shoe lacing (lock-lacing) and tongue pads. For a how-to on lock-lacing, see my prior post at http://tinyurl.com/cu3r4ml . Read More.

A Simple Approach To Tackling Osteochondral Lesions

Jeffrey Bowman DPM MS
3/27/13 | 2758 reads | 0 comments
Our mothers always told us to eat more oats. A simple surgical procedure for osteochondral defects (osteochondritis dissecans) is easier to swallow than the bland carbs thrust at us as children every morning before school. Here is a quick synopsis of the Osteoarticular Transfer System (OATS), otherwise known as the Osteochondral Autograft Transfer System procedure I employ using the Arthrex system. Read More.