DPM Blogs

How Do We Ensure Adherence In Patients With Diabetes For A Better Quality Of Life?

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
6/19/14 | 375 reads | 0 comments
Given the mounting evidence that patients with diabetes have a lower quality of life if they do not adhere to their foot care regimens, how can physicians drive home the importance of adherence? Read More.

Key Insights On Joint Preparation For Arthrodesis

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
6/18/14 | 390 reads | 0 comments
I have recently changed my approach to lecturing by trying to present concepts based on literature instead of the traditional approach. This means I have had to write several new lectures over the past few months, which is both good and bad. It has been good because I have had to literally read hundreds of articles for research. It has been bad for the same reason as the time required to do so is enormous. Read More.

Why You Should Consider The Use Of Supplements In The Management Of Diabetic Neuropathy

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS
6/17/14 | 620 reads | 1 comments
Supplements have proven useful for improved management of diabetes and diabetes-related complications such as neuropathy, wounds, cardiovascular complications, renal complications and ophthalmic complications. Read More.

How The Legend Of ‘Cheater Akin’ Began

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
6/13/14 | 650 reads | 0 comments
Rectus B. Akin was on trial. Those folks back in his settlement in middle Kansas knew him well, respected and loved him. When they heard that the immensely disliked marshal from the northern Dakota Territory had arrested Rectus B. on trumped up charges, they were mad. Mad as hell in fact. The simple fact was that the folks up there did not know Rectus B. and what he had done for the people of the Kansas territory. Read More.

Exploring The Link Between Environmental Exposure And Chronic Paronychia

Kristine Hoffman DPM
6/11/14 | 451 reads | 0 comments
Chronic paronychia is an inflammatory reaction of the nail fold lasting more than six weeks. Many etiologies of chronic paronychia exist and they include fungal infection, contact irritants and allergens. Frequently more than one etiologic agent is present. Read More.

Are We Done With K-Wires For Hammertoe Fixation?

Bradly Bussewitz DPM
6/9/14 | 936 reads | 2 comments
Are K-wires still the standard of care for hammertoe proximal interphalangeal joint (PIPJ) fusion? Coughlin and coworkers found an 81 percent successful rate of PIPJ fusion in 118 toes using K-wire fixation.1 Lamm and colleagues similarly showed a 20 percent nonunion rate with PIPJ fusion and K-wire fixation.2 It seems that we should not be satisfied with any operation yielding a 20 percent failure rate. Read More.

Twenty-Four Things You Should Know About Managing Your Practice Before I Die

Lynn Homisak PRT
6/5/14 | 931 reads | 0 comments
Before we start, let me put this right out there. I have zero plans to leave this earth anytime soon. Read More.

Adding A Crest Pad To Custom Orthoses

Larry Huppin DPM
6/4/14 | 499 reads | 0 comments
A patient recently came in to pick up her orthotic devices. She has worn orthoses for years for several pathologies. However, what we are addressing now is pain secondary to digital contracture. She is starting to get more pain at the distal aspect of her toes secondary to hammertoes and pressure on the distal aspect of the digits. In the past, she has found that shoes that have a crest in them tend to work well for her. In particular, she has found that the crest in Birkenstock sandals helps keep her toes straight and decreases her symptoms. Read More.

When Standing Desk Workstations Cause Lower Extremity Pain

Jenny L Sanders DPM
6/2/14 | 511 reads | 0 comments
Standing desks have become increasingly popular in the workplace. Scientific studies have shown an increase in calorie expenditure when using a standing desk, which may be beneficial to weight loss.1-2 However, the musculoskeletal effects are less definitive.3 Read More.