DPM Blogs

Hoka One One: Marketing Hype Or (Another) Running Shoe Revolution?

Jenny L Sanders DPM
7/30/14 | 1148 reads | 6 comments
When evaluating new running shoe styles, the old adages “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is” or “buyer beware” are good rules of thumb. Having said that and considering the class action lawsuits settled by Skechers for Shape-Ups and Vibram for FiveFingers, it is more important than ever for podiatrists to be aware of new footwear trends. Read More.

What Are The Best Waterproof Orthotics?

Larry Huppin DPM
7/29/14 | 588 reads | 0 comments
Perhaps you have had patients ask you about waterproof orthoses. In my view, the most waterproof orthotic by far is a direct milled polypropylene orthosis with no cover. This all-plastic device is completely waterproof and dries off in seconds. If you require a cover and some cushion, I think the best choice is to use the direct milled polypropylene orthosis with a vinyl topcover and a layer of Poron glued to the bottom of the topcover. Neither of these materials will absorb moisture although they may wear out sooner if they are constantly getting wet. Read More.

Managing Patient Expectations For Elective Reconstructive Surgery

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
7/28/14 | 480 reads | 0 comments
I had a conversation with a longtime friend and colleague about the stresses of our job as podiatrists. The laypeople or even other medical specialists who are reading this may say, “Oh, it’s just a foot. How difficult could that be?” Read More.

Can You Diagnose This Malignant Lesion?

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
7/25/14 | 615 reads | 0 comments
What is your diagnosis of the malignant lesion on the left? Read More.

How Measuring Transcutaneous Oxygen Can Help Evaluate Wound Healing Potential

Alison J. Garten DPM
7/24/14 | 521 reads | 0 comments
I recently referred a patient who has a chronic ulceration for a vascular consult. Non-invasive testing included ankle/brachial index (ABI), toe/brachial index (TBI), pulse volume recordings (PVR), skin perfusion pressure (SPP) and transcutaneous oxygen (TCOM or TcPO2). Macrocirculation in the lower extremity occurs through the posterior tibialis artery, anterior tibial artery and the peroneal arteries, the three main arteries that supply the limb. The ABI, TBI and PVR studies evaluate macrocirculation. Read More.

Why EMRs Are Moving In The Wrong Direction

Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS
7/22/14 | 644 reads | 2 comments
As many hospitals and institutions work at transitioning to electronic medical records (EMR), the ability to obtain information on a patient has become more difficult than ever. In my opinion, electronic medical records as we know them today are probably the largest setback to the advancement of medicine that we have seen. It's frustrating for me, someone who loves technology and even contemplated a career in it, to watch medicine and technology collide instead of seeing the advancements of computers and accessibility of information complement medical records. Read More.

Pearls On Treating Peroneal Tendon Dislocation

Jeffrey Bowman DPM MS
7/17/14 | 621 reads | 0 comments
The peroneus longus and peroneus brevis tendons are prone to dislocation due to athletic activities and other factors. This makes it imperative to have a grasp of treatment options. Read More.

What Podiatry ‘Life Hacks’ Do You Use To Make Your Life Easier?

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
7/16/14 | 813 reads | 0 comments
Life hacking, according to Wikipedia, is “any trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency in all walks of life. In other words, anything that solves an everyday problem in an inspired, ingenious manner.” There are several websites that provide useful and interesting life hacks such as: http://1000lifehacks.com/ , http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/100-life-hacks-that-make-life... , and http://twistedsifter.com/2013/01/50-life-hacks-to-simplify-your-world/ . Read More.

Are DPMs Underusing The TCC To Offload Diabetic Foot Ulcers?

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
7/15/14 | 539 reads | 0 comments
Despite the evidence supporting the efficacy of total contact casts (TCC) to offload diabetic foot ulcers, podiatric physicians may not be putting this evidence into practice, according to a recent study. Read More.