DPM Blogs

Can Checking Skin Temperature Help Prevent Diabetic Neuropathic Ulceration?

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
8/9/13 | 4169 reads | 1 comments
Monitoring skin temperature can be an effective method of predicting and preventing diabetic neuropathic foot ulceration, according to a recent study. Read More.

Why I Prefer First MPJ Implants To Being A ‘Fusion Guy’

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
8/8/13 | 2294 reads | 1 comments
I’m not a first MPJ “Fusion Guy.” To be truthful, I have not done one primary first metatarsophalangeal joint fusion throughout my whole career. I have done some redos but not one primary first MPJ fusion has crossed my OR table so far. I don’t think one ever will as a primary procedure choice for hallux limitus, regardless of the stage or age of the patient. The fusions I have seen or had to redo for others just did not do well for a variety of reasons. I think the current technology for first MPJ implant arthroplasties are great in comparison to what has been available in the past. Read More.

How To Convert Wasted Time Into Saved Time

Lynn Homisak PRT
8/6/13 | 1934 reads | 0 comments
Have you ever thought about how some things you do waste instead of save your precious time? Sometimes, these disruptors are so commonplace that they happen without us even realizing it and yet they manage to mismanage our time and reek of inefficiency. I read that the average employee works for just 11 minutes before being distracted. Eleven minutes? It is no wonder we struggle to get things done. The following are just a couple of time-squandering culprits. How many do you recognize? Read More.

Is The Orthotic Really Too Hard Or Was It Just The Wrong Prescription?

Larry Huppin DPM
8/2/13 | 2677 reads | 1 comments
A fellow podiatrist called me recently, stating that she wanted to make a soft orthotic for a patient who had a significant pes planus foot type and was suffering from plantar fasciitis. She wanted to make a soft device because she said the patient had “hard orthotics” in the past and did not tolerate them. Read More.

Are Minimalist Running Shoes Really To Blame When It Comes To Running Injuries?

Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS
8/1/13 | 4023 reads | 1 comments
Have we forgotten about pronation? With all the hype surrounding minimalist shoes, the concern has shifted from controlling motion to simply avoiding minimalist shoes. This has happened not because minimalist shoes don't control motion but plain and simple because they allegedly cause injury. Read More.

How The Sunshine Act Could Adversely Affect Podiatry Conferences

Lee C. Rogers DPM
7/31/13 | 2607 reads | 2 comments
Beginning August 1, terms of the Sunshine Act mandate the collection of information regarding payments to physicians from pharmaceutical and medical device companies, and subsequent reporting of these payments on a public website in 2014. If you are thinking, “I don’t receive any payments from those entities so it won’t affect me,” think again. Read More.

The Importance Of Researching The Research

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
7/26/13 | 2530 reads | 0 comments
Patients constantly ask us about success rates for various surgeries and other treatment protocols. We often reiterate what we have been taught somewhere in training but can’t really find the source of it. Patients can easily relate to percentages. For example, we commonly tell our patients that 95 percent of people with plantar fasciitis get better without surgery. Where does that information come from? Read More.

Podiatric Dermatology Quiz: Can You Identify This Lesion?

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
7/25/13 | 2904 reads | 3 comments
Can you identify the lesion in the photo on the left? Read More.

Explaining PRP To Your Patients

Jeffrey Bowman DPM MS
7/23/13 | 2254 reads | 0 comments
When you suggest adding platelet-rich plasma to the treatment plan of your patients, keep in mind that they might not be familiar with this type of treatment. Expect some questions. What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)? Platelets are a cellular component of the blood that play a key role in the formation of a blood clot. Platelets contain and release proteins, cytokines and other bioactive factors (growth factors, clotting factors, etc.) that initiate and regulate wound healing. Platelet-rich plasma contains the following growth factors: Read More.