DPM Blogs

Peering Into The Crystal Ball: When Will The Podiatry Profession Shake Free Of Dogma When It Comes To Nerves?

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
6/14/13 | 3574 reads | 0 comments
I will admit I was a little spooked when I entered this place. With the parting of the heavy hanging beads bejeweling the doorway of the fortune-teller’s “office,” the hairs on the back of my neck had reached full piloerection. Read More.

A Refresher On Obtaining Informed Consent From Patients

Bradly Bussewitz DPM
6/12/13 | 2566 reads | 0 comments
During my podiatric surgical training, I noticed a difference in approaches to surgical informed consent. Some may cut the consent process short to save time whereas others may cut it short to prevent patient worry or stress. Some surgeons may provide an exhaustive list of potential complications, thus overburdening the patient’s ability to process and make decisions. Clearly, obtaining consent to perform surgery on our patients is a critical process. Accordingly, let us take a closer look at key requirements on informed consent. Read More.

What’s Stopping You From Conducting Employee Performance Reviews?

Lynn Homisak PRT
6/11/13 | 1428 reads | 0 comments
I am surprised at how many doctors do not conduct performance reviews. I am not surprised that these are the same doctors who struggle with low employee performance or poor behavior. Read More.

Another Tip For Eliminating Orthotic-Induced Heel Slippage

Larry Huppin DPM
6/7/13 | 2912 reads | 0 comments
A fairly common complaint that I hear in my office is that of patients saying that their heel is slipping up inside one or more shoes when they wear their orthotic devices. This is usually a very easy problem to address and one that every orthotic practitioner should be aware of. Jenny Sanders, DPM, recently wrote an excellent DPM Blog (http://www.podiatrytoday.com/blogged/how-prevent-heel-slippage-orthotic ) on how to use lacing techniques and tongue pads to decrease heel slippage. Read More.

Passing Along Recommendations To Patients For Orthotic-Compatible Sandals

Jenny L Sanders DPM
6/4/13 | 10285 reads | 0 comments
The most important consideration when making a custom orthotic for a sandal is to make sure the sandal that the orthotic will be going into has a removable foot bed. Next, the orthotic should be made specifically for the purchased sandal. In order to accomplish this, I have my patients purchase the sandal first and then send the sandal and the custom orthotic prescription to the lab for a precise fit of the orthotic into the sandal. If you order an orthotic first and then try to fit to the sandal after the fact, it rarely works. Read More.

Managing Tarsometatarsal Joint Arthritis In Older Patients

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
6/3/13 | 4305 reads | 0 comments
Arthritis of the second and third tarsometatarsal joints can be a challenging condition to manage. Clinically, patients present with pain, stiffness and swelling located at the dorsal midfoot. Many patients also have a painful lump on the top of the foot, which makes it difficult to wear a closed shoe. Read More.

Is The Affordable Care Act Affordable?

Lee C. Rogers DPM
5/30/13 | 4512 reads | 0 comments
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) isn’t all roses. In fact, it might be half roses and half weeds. However, in California this week, Covered California, the statewide private insurance exchange, released pricing for the individual insurance market. This resulted in both consumers and advocates smelling roses. Read More.

Ensuring Your Patients Get A Safe Pedicure This Summer

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
5/29/13 | 3148 reads | 0 comments
As sandal season rapidly approaches, our patients will rush to the nail salons. My current and former students know that I am an anti-pedicure kind of gal and a fan of Death by Pedicure by Robert Spalding, DPM (http://justfortoenails.com/death_by_pedicure.html ). Read More.

How To Combat The Residency ‘Shortage’

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
5/28/13 | 4466 reads | 22 comments
I drive around from office to office a lot. When I drive, I think. Dangerous, I know. Lately though, the primary thing on my mind is this residency “shortage” and what in the world we can do to overcome this immense burden on our youngest colleagues. Read More.