DPM Blogs

Supporting Our DPM Congressional Candidates: Just Do It

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
6/15/12 | 3172 reads | 5 comments
During this election year, podiatrists across the United States have an unprecedented opportunity to have representation in Congress. We must act now and change our paradigm from expecting others to do the heavy lifting for us. You must contribute to the campaigns of Lee Rogers, DPM, and Brad Wenstrup, DPM, today, not tomorrow. Read More.

Why Podiatry Needs Fellowships To Take Residents To The Next Level

Bradly Bussewitz DPM
6/14/12 | 5919 reads | 0 comments
The first stage in a young doctor’s career is medical school. I attended the College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at Des Moines University and really enjoyed it. Read More.

Rethinking The Role Of The 5.07 Semmes-Weinstein Monofilament

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
6/12/12 | 4908 reads | 1 comments
As a deputized epidermal protector, I was overcome by sadness as I read the report from Ferreira and colleagues.1 How could this be? I had always believed in this sacred agent, this bodyguard of all bodyguards. Surely, the report must be mistaken. Could this be a rogue report? Read More.

Are Foot Massages The Demise Of The Podiatric Profession?

Lynn Homisak PRT
6/7/12 | 5160 reads | 1 comments
Apparently, a foot massage is a very touchy subject so I thought I would throw it out there for discussion. I recently posted on Facebook about my dental appointment. During this appointment, the staff offered a paraffin treatment for my hands and … a foot massage while they cleaned my teeth. As a patient, I was blown away by their customer service and quite frankly, it did just what good marketing is supposed to do. I told 10 people who told 10 people, etc. Read More.

When Excising Diseased Peroneus Longus Tendon May Make More Sense Than Tendon Reconstruction

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
6/6/12 | 6673 reads | 0 comments
Peroneal tendon disorders are fairly common after ankle inversion injuries or in patients who have chronic wear and tear associated with the pes cavus foot type. Peroneus brevis tendon partial tears and tendinosis seem to be more prevalent than peroneus longus tendon disorders. I want to dedicate this blog to a simple yet effective surgery for severe tendinosis and/or complete rupture of the peroneus longus tendon. Read More.

Skin Grafts Or Skin Substitutes: What Is Your Preference?

Desmond Bell DPM CWS FACCWS
6/1/12 | 3983 reads | 0 comments
Over the past decade, we have witnessed the emergence of several technological advances that have had a direct impact on healing wounds that previously would have resulted in amputation or even death. Three areas in which we have seen the greatest impact in wound healing in the past decade have been in the realms of negative pressure wound therapy, endovascular procedures and skin substitutes. Read More.

Can A Shoe Lift Ease Back Pain From CAM Walkers?

Jenny L Sanders DPM
5/31/12 | 3768 reads | 2 comments
Low back pain represents 2.3 percent of all physician visits and about one-fourth of U.S. adults reported having low back pain in the past three months.1 Podiatrists routinely immobilize their patients with controlled ankle motion (CAM) walkers. These walkers inevitably contribute to limb length inequality, resulting in low back pain. Even Up™ is a patented shoe lift device that minimizes back strain due to cast immobilization. One can easily apply Even Up externally to a shoe and the device can accommodate a wide variety of shoes. Read More.

Evaluating Diabetic Foot Infections With The New IDSA Guidelines

Warren S. Joseph DPM FIDSA
5/29/12 | 4667 reads | 0 comments
I promised I would post a link to the newly revised, updated Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Diabetic Foot Infection Guidelines as soon as they were available. Read More.

Encouraging Signs Of Interest In AFO Therapy At A Podiatric Medical School

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
5/24/12 | 2960 reads | 0 comments
This past week was a rewarding time for me in terms of medical education. First, I had the pleasure of giving a lecture to the second-year class of podiatric medical students at the Western University of Health Sciences. Additionally, a third-year resident in family medicine from a nearby teaching hospital finished a two-week rotation in my office. Finally, I had a second-year resident from our Podiatry Surgical Residency (PSR-36) Program scrub three surgeries with me. Read More.