DPM Blogs

Establishing SMART Goals For 2013 And Beyond

Lynn Homisak PRT
12/11/12 | 2318 reads | 0 comments
When I think of direction, I am reminded of the story of Alice in Wonderland. If you recall, during her travels she arrived at a fork in the road. She stopped and looked around but didn’t know which way to continue. “What road do I take?” she asked Cheshire Cat, who happened to be sitting in a nearby tree. “Well,” said the Cat, “That all depends. Where is it that you want to end up?” “I don’t know,” replied Alice, to which the Cat responded, “Then it really doesn’t matter what road you choose.” Read More.

What The Affordable Care Act Means For Wound Care Practitioners

Desmond Bell DPM CWS FACCWS
12/10/12 | 4879 reads | 1 comments
The 2012 presidential election has passed. Gone with it is any chance that I would expand my practice in the foreseeable future. Read More.

How To Ensure A More Accurate Diagnosis Of Achilles Tendon Disorders

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
12/5/12 | 6430 reads | 2 comments
Patients commonly complain about pain in the region of their Achilles tendon. Through a careful examination and patient history, one may diagnose more than one condition that can be inter-related. Rather than simply diagnosing the problem as an “Achilles tendinitis” or a “heel spur,” practitioners can provide a more accurate diagnosis and ultimately an appropriate treatment protocol through a more straightforward examination. Read More.

Why I Always Prescribe Full-Width Foot Orthotics For Overweight Patients

Larry Huppin DPM
12/4/12 | 2819 reads | 2 comments
I just saw a prescription come into ProLab Orthotics from a new client. The doctor noted on the prescription form that the patient had plantar fasciitis and weighed 280 pounds. Her prescription was for a Featherweight orthosis (a functional orthoses made from medium density EVA). She also ordered a standard cast fill and a standard width. Read More.

Podiatric Dermatology Quiz: What Is Your Diagnosis Of This Lesion?

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
12/3/12 | 3354 reads | 4 comments
Can you identify the lesion in the photo on the left? Read More.

Dispelling The Myths And Misconceptions About Hallux Rigidus

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
11/29/12 | 3325 reads | 1 comments
I recently read a flurry of postings on another podiatric Web site giving advice on a complication from implant arthroplasty of the first metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ) in a patient with hallux rigidus. I was amazed by the propagation of myths regarding hallux rigidus, metatarsus primus elevatus and the selection of surgical procedures to treat this disorder. Read More.

We Are Podiatrists. Nothing More, Nothing Less.

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
11/28/12 | 8510 reads | 30 comments
Ladies and gentlemen, I have an earth shattering confession to make. Wait for it … I am extremely proud and honored to call myself a podiatrist. As silly and simple as this revelation may seem, when I look around at what is going on in our profession today, that term that so eloquently describes what we do everyday seems to be whispered these days instead of proclaimed loudly and proudly. It is almost blasphemous to actually refer to ourselves as what exactly we are. We are podiatrists, the foot and ankle experts, nothing more and nothing less. Read More.

The Power Of Words: When An Orthopedist ‘Discovers’ A Severed ‘Artery’ On The Plantar Surface Of The Toe

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS
11/27/12 | 2235 reads | 2 comments
A recent podiatric malpractice case for which I had the honor of serving as a defense expert was one of two recent cases (I'll discuss the second case next month) wherein I had the opportunity to examine the power or wording in an operative report. As always, I wish to share my experiences in the hopes of the readers learning something about the real world of medical malpractice. Read More.

Keys To Diagnosing And Treating Achilles Tendon Ruptures

Jeffrey Bowman DPM MS
11/21/12 | 4306 reads | 0 comments
At his muscled peak playing the Greek God Achilles in the film Troy, Brad Pitt suffered the same doom as the hero he portrayed. Pitt reportedly tore his Achilles tendon during filming, resulting in a significant delay in filming. In the classic story, Achilles' mother Thetis dipped Achilles in the river Styx by his heel, making him invincible except for the small area that was not submerged. The Trojan prince Paris ended up killing Achilles with an arrow. The arrow struck the only vulnerable area on his body. From this epic tale, we have the Achilles tendon. Read More.