DPM Blogs

Sharing Insights On Minimalist Shoes Worn By Athletes In The Recent Olympics

Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS
9/21/12 | 9044 reads | 0 comments
Even a month after the end of the Olympics, I still get questions about the bright yellow shoes I am wearing. People often ask if they are the same kind of shoes from the Olympics this year. My shoes are actually New Balance Minimus sneakers and those that many of the Olympians wore are from the Nike Volt collection. Read More.

Are You Taking The Easy Way Out With The Weil Osteotomy?

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
9/18/12 | 5398 reads | 5 comments
There are a few procedures in our podiatric arsenal that we tend to overuse. I find the procedural volume of the Weil osteotomy particularly perplexing. I do not understand any central ray elevation or shortening osteotomy either. In most cases, I cannot help but judge the Weil osteotomy as a wimpy solution to a more complex problem. Do I perform the Weil osteotomy? I do use this procedure reluctantly on rare occasions. Read More.

How Young Surgeons Can Gain The Trust Of Their Patients

Bradly Bussewitz DPM
9/14/12 | 7078 reads | 3 comments
The Just For Men commercials are playing on the human psyche. Gray hair equates to experience while the hair color of a more youthful man must equate to vigor and enthusiasm. Is this true in medicine? There are obvious advantages to experience but there also must be advantages to youth, right? What are these advantages and how does one convey them to the patient and, perhaps more importantly, to oneself? Read More.

Coping With Office Dynamics When The Doctor's Spouse Is A Co-Worker

Lynn Homisak PRT
9/13/12 | 3498 reads | 2 comments
Should spouses work in the office or shouldn’t they? Read More.

Pain Management: Is It Time To Start Looking At The Patient's Genes?

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
9/12/12 | 4363 reads | 0 comments
Genomics. Now that is a word that has some real catchiness to it, a virtual aphrodisiac for even the most adroit etymologist. I just like to say "genomics.” It conjures up the great line ("Plastics?") Dustin Hoffman repeated in The Graduate. “Mrs. Robinson (another reference from The Graduate), we’re into ‘genomics’ now and we need to take a look at your genomes so I can provide you with the best perioperative care for your upcoming reconstructive foot surgery.” “Really?” she replies. “Is there a test for that and will it hurt?” Read More.

Should We Do Patch Testing Prior To Using Metal Implants In Patients With Reported Sensitivity?

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
9/7/12 | 4068 reads | 1 comments
Have you ever had a post-op patient with a metal implant who suddenly developed a rash, pain or loosening of the implanted device? I have had patients develop both a rash and pain following metal implantation, but attributed it to a Vicryl reaction as their reactions eventually resolved after treatment. I still stand by that diagnosis but after reviewing a recent article in the Archives of Dermatology, I feel compelled to delve deeper into the allergy section of my patient interview prior to surgical planning.1 Read More.

My Surgical Tips And Pearls For Residents

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
9/6/12 | 4025 reads | 0 comments
In this blog, I want to share with you surgical tips and pearls that I regularly teach my residents. Read More.

Recommending Shoes To Patients Who Insist On Minimalist Running

Jenny L Sanders DPM
8/31/12 | 4200 reads | 0 comments
Let me first say that I am not a fan of minimalist running for the majority of my patients. Having said that, “just don’t do it” is not an acceptable directive to patients who are going to run in minimalist shoes in spite of what I recommend. Due to this, I have reluctantly learned to evaluate minimalist running shoes. Not surprisingly, the best way to do this utilizes some of the same principles used when evaluating non-minimalist styles. Read More.

PAD Awareness Month And The Case For Limb Preservation

8/30/12 | 3385 reads | 0 comments
Unlike October, which is abundant with the color pink and matching ribbons symbolizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month wherever we turn, we have no such ribbon for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month. In my travels over the past few years, I have noted several instances that illustrate a lack of PAD awareness and understanding among providers and the general population. Read More.