DPM Blogs

Ensuring Your Patients Get A Safe Pedicure This Summer

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
5/29/13 | 3160 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 | 4495 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.

Do Foot Orthoses Cause Muscle Weakness?

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
5/23/13 | 5237 reads | 6 comments
One of the many unsubstantiated claims that barefoot/minimalist running advocates make is the assertion that foot orthotics cause muscle weakness in the feet and legs. A simple review of the medical literature reveals the opposite effect. Researchers have measured that foot orthoses actually cause positive trends in muscle activity during gait. Read More.

Can Benfotiamine Provide Relief For Patients With Painful Peripheral Neuropathy?

Jeffrey Bowman DPM MS
5/22/13 | 5274 reads | 1 comments
Do you have patients with diabetes, geriatric patients, patients with hypertension, patients who have had a gastric bypass or patients who suffer from alcoholism? These patients probably cover a large percentage of your patient demographic. Read More.

Amazon Review Says Podiatrists Are Not Experts On Ankle Surgery

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
5/21/13 | 5687 reads | 32 comments
Every once in awhile you come across something that makes your blood boil. My trigger was simply reading reviews of the most current edition of McGlamry's Comprehensive Textbook of Foot and Ankle Surgery on Amazon.com. What infuriated me was the following review: Read More.

A Closer Look At Emerging Research On Plantar Fasciitis And Plantar Fibromatosis

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS
5/16/13 | 4829 reads | 0 comments
Here is a look at numerous recent studies on the diagnosis and various treatments of plantar fasciitis and plantar fibromatoses. Read More.

Defending My Position On Orthoses

Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS
5/15/13 | 8809 reads | 12 comments
Our profession needs to keep an open mind in regard to shoes and treating running injuries. People do not change what they are doing unless they have a reason to change. I continue to see runners not responding to orthotics and stability control shoes in my practice so I have provided a change, one that is working for others and myself. Of course, there is not a preponderance of evidence to support this change but there are emerging studies that support my thinking regarding the use of minimalist shoes. I have cited these studies in the past and will continue to do so. Read More.

Emerging Concepts For Reducing Post-Op Pain

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
5/14/13 | 3027 reads | 0 comments
I don’t know about you but I hate pain. I hate it for my patients and I hate it when it affects me. Truthfully, I hate it more when my patients have pain as it causes me pain internally as well. We both end up in a painful state. Patients do not realize how much we really suffer as surgeons when our patients are having a complication or more pain than is expected. At least when I have pain, I know for the most part that I can modulate it in some way or understand it to a greater extent than my patient can. Read More.

Remembering ‘Whatshisname’ When Treating Recurring Patients

Lynn Homisak PRT
5/10/13 | 1819 reads | 1 comments
Has this ever happened to you? You run into one of your patients outside the office and of course when you see him, you know who he is but his name temporarily escapes you. As he walks up to greet you, he confidently says, “Hello, Dr. Smith!” Although your brain goes into overdrive trying to search for a more personal response, the best you can do is, “Well, hi there … nice to see you.” Read More.