DPM Blogs

Is Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate The Newest Game Changer In Podiatric Surgery?

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
2/28/13 | 7845 reads | 2 comments
What do AO technique, external fixation and locking plate technology have in common? They are all game changers for foot and ankle surgeons. They have become gold standards. Game changers do not come along often. However, when they do, both surgeons and patients benefit. Surgeons benefit from simplification of surgical techniques and patients benefit from better outcomes. Another game changer is bone marrow aspirate concentrate. When will this become as commonplace as American orthopedic technique, external fixation or locking plate technology? Read More.

Federal Budget Sequestration And Healthcare: A Physical Examination Of The Side Effects

Lee C. Rogers DPM
2/27/13 | 2716 reads | 2 comments
“Sequestration” is the government jargon for the across-the-board federal budget cuts to begin on Friday, March 1. If you remember, in 2011, Congress traveled to the brink of default after refusing to raise the debt ceiling without significant spending cuts. Read More.

Medicare Reverses The Height Requirement For AFO Devices

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
2/25/13 | 2480 reads | 0 comments
Thankfully, clear minds have prevailed. Medicare has rescinded its recent policy that would have required ankle foot orthotic (AFO) devices to reach the head of the fibula. Practitioners can still prescribe prefabricated and custom AFOs that extend above the ankle joint without a height requirement. The new bulletin from Medicare reads as follows: “DME MAC Jurisdiction C News Read More.

Is Botox An Alternative To Corticosteroids For Plantar Fasciitis?

Jeffrey Bowman DPM MS
2/22/13 | 3249 reads | 0 comments
This has not been a good year for steroids. For the last few weeks, the big news in sports has been the controversial use of deer antler spray, a synthesized performance enhancing drug that athletes spray under the tongue. This comes just weeks after Lance Armstrong admitted to blood doping during his seven-year reign as Tour de France champion. What happened to good old-fashioned steroids? Anabolic steroids have taken a back seat to new idiotic ways to juice up. Read More.

Exploring The Potential Of Alpha Lipoic Acid For Diabetic Neuropathy

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS
2/21/13 | 3426 reads | 2 comments
The treatment of diabetic neuropathy includes management of symptoms such as paresthesia and dysesthesia as well as efforts to interdict the progression of neuropathy. Although there is much discussion regarding the positive symptoms of neuropathy, such as pain or burning, it is the negative symptoms that are frequently responsible for deformity, ulceration and limb loss. Read More.

What A Rorschach Test Reveals About Patient Pathology, Brand Reliance And Plantar Plate Injuries

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
2/18/13 | 3129 reads | 0 comments
Sitting in the Rorschach Café, tucked deep in the dark narrow streets of the Music Capital of the World (you should be thinking Vienna and not Nashville), Dr. Hermann asked me what I wanted for the entrée. Looking down at the stained and torn café menu, one offering jumped out at me like a mugger in a dark alleyway. It was written in German, of course, but without really needing confirmation of my translation, I asked my schizophrenic colleague anyway for the literal English translation for “Fuß Platte.” Read More.

An Open Letter To Salespeople Who Visit My Office

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
2/12/13 | 4606 reads | 5 comments
Please have a seat. We need to have a chat. You do decent work and I know you are a new product rep. However, we need to lay down some ground rules here if we intend on working together. If you find this offensive or a waste of your time, you are free to leave anytime but I suggest you stick around and hear me out. Let us start with what I expect, etiquette-wise, when you come to my office. Read More.

Does Man’s Best Friend Have A Place In Your Waiting Room?

Lynn Homisak PRT
2/11/13 | 2958 reads | 6 comments
What do dogs and feet have in common? Of course, there is the familiar whimsical reference (to feet) that has our patients complaining, “My dogs are barking.” Is that enough of a reason to believe that our four-legged friends belong in a podiatric medical office? Read More.

What You Can Get Out Of The ACFAS Conference And Other Scientific Meetings

Bradly Bussewitz DPM
2/8/13 | 2168 reads | 0 comments
I have been attending the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) Annual Scientific Conference for the past five years. Next week, I will attend my sixth ACFAS conference. I am looking forward to the meeting on many levels. My experience at the conference in years past has been positive and this year's event is likely to live up to past conferences. Read More.