DPM Blogs

Why Future Podiatrists Need Our Mentoring

Bradly Bussewitz DPM
3/4/14 | 1217 reads | 0 comments
This month’s blog comes courtesy of Garret Strand, a first-year podiatric medical student at the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. His commentary emphasizes the importance of why all of us who are established in the profession should take the opportunity to mentor the podiatrists of tomorrow. — Bradly Bussewitz, DPM Read More.

Do Your Patients Have Orthotic Arch Irritation When Standing For Long Periods?

Larry Huppin DPM
2/27/14 | 3278 reads | 1 comments
A colleague called me recently with a question regarding a patient who feels that his orthoses are very comfortable when he is walking on them but they are feeling hard when he stands in one place on the orthotic devices. This is an issue I run into a lot. I practice in Seattle and treat a lot of Boeing employees who stand on concrete all day. I have found those people who are standing in one place on hard surfaces do not usually tolerate quite as much arch height as those that spend most of their day walking or sitting. Read More.

Essential Tips For Fitting Soccer Cleats

Jenny L Sanders DPM
2/26/14 | 1587 reads | 0 comments
Soccer cleats are notoriously tight and narrow. This combined with a flexible, unsupportive upper can cause foot and ankle injuries secondary to shoe structure, independent of foot structure or alignment. Read More.

What Podiatrists Can Learn From An All-Star Shortstop’s Career

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
2/25/14 | 2212 reads | 0 comments
I read recently that Derek Jeter is going to retire after the 2014 baseball season. You are probably wondering what this has to do with podiatry. I have blogged in the past about the secrets of success in practice. In the blog “Starting Your Practice Off On The Right Foot After Graduation,” the first and most important “secret” is to do the right thing for every patient all of the time (see http://tinyurl.com/m9oxgjz ). Read More.

Diagnosing And Treating Acute And Chronic Gout

Jeffrey Bowman DPM MS
2/20/14 | 1239 reads | 0 comments
Gout is a type of arthropathy that results from the formation of crystals. Gout may occur from either the over-production of uric acid (the cause of most cases) or the under-excretion of uric acid.1,2 Uric acid, which the kidneys excrete, is an end product of purine metabolism.2 Normal values of serum uric acid are 6 mg/dL or less in women and 7 mg/dL or less in men. However, elevated levels do not always correlate with an acute gout attack. Levels greater than 6 mg/dL simply increase one’s risk of a gout attack. Read More.

Facing The Challenges That Shoe Gear Creates

Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS
2/18/14 | 1474 reads | 0 comments
For many who read my blog posts and know my philosophies and principles, you already are aware of my feelings about shoes. Trust me, even though I am a proponent of the whole “barefoot” movement, I probably wear more running shoes than most of my critics could even imagine. Over the past four years, I have been fortunate to have tested and run in many different running shoes as a result of the work I have done with studying minimalist running shoes. Read More.

What I Told The Students About Navigating Corporate Conflicts Of Interest

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS
2/17/14 | 6152 reads | 0 comments
The New York State Podiatric Medical Association meeting this year included a two-day lecture series for junior and senior students at the podiatry colleges. The sessions were well attended. I was honored that the seminar committee asked me to present one of the sessions to the students. For my topic, I decided to lecture on managing conflicts of interest and corporate influence in podiatry education and practice. Consistent with my concerns, every student had already been outfitted with a bag featuring a corporate name, which was filled with products and advertisements. Read More.

Do You Need An Office Manager?

Lynn Homisak PRT
2/12/14 | 1275 reads | 0 comments
Have you thought about adding an office manager to your practice? Take this quiz. 1. Is there ongoing friction between your front desk and back office staff? 2. Are you often bothered by staff complaints regarding co-worker personality issues? 3. Do the staff interrupt you with questions during patient care? 4. Do you avoid conducting annual performance evaluations or monitoring staff productivity? 5. Are you concerned that staff might not be handling phone conversations with patients as properly as they should be? Read More.

Campaigning For The HELLPP Act To Clarify Gray Areas In Podiatric Medicine And Surgery

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
2/11/14 | 6612 reads | 1 comments
There are many gray areas in podiatric medicine and surgery. I tend to lean much more to the conservative side on those gray podiatric issues. However, last week I ran into something that really made me think outside of my normally conservative approach. Read More.