DPM Blogs

The Challenges And Rewards Of Establishing A Diabetic Foot Program In Haiti

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
11/20/12 | 2948 reads | 0 comments
There are times in your life when you know you are a part of something important, something that has the potential to be significant. These are the events that give meaning and depth to life. I recently had such an experience. I knew even before it happened that I was going to be involved in something special. Read More.

Should We Revisit Accepted Endpoints In The Studies Of Modalities For Wound Healing?

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
11/15/12 | 3254 reads | 0 comments
Despite the high cost and potentially grave complications of chronic cutaneous ulcers, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved a new drug therapy for such ulcers in over a decade. Indeed, the mortality rate of chronic ulcers can eclipse that of many cancers. This begs the question: Should we apply the endpoints researchers use for drugs in cancer studies in a similar fashion to studies of modalities for chronic cutaneous ulcers? Read More.

Praising The Importance Of ‘Heretics’ In Challenging Podiatric Dogma

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
11/13/12 | 2741 reads | 0 comments
I love heretics. Give them to me small or large, morphous or amorphous, solo or in packs. I just love them, even when I disagree with them vehemently. Read More.

Should Young Doctors Pay Down Loans Or Invest In Retirement?

Bradly Bussewitz DPM
11/9/12 | 3676 reads | 0 comments
How should I invest my money? The options are loan repayment, mortgage, car loans, stocks, bonds, 401k, IRA and partnership buy-ins. There are too many options and too many variables for a cookie cutter approach. The answer is not straightforward. It depends on a host of things such as income, debt, lifestyle, one’s feelings about debt and feelings toward savings. The answer is to do what you were trained to do, treat the foot and ankle, and seek financial guidance from someone you can trust. Read More.

How A Positive Attitude At The Top Can Spur Staff Productivity

Lynn Homisak PRT
11/8/12 | 2863 reads | 0 comments
It is no secret that the attitude of one’s practice starts at the top with the doctor(s) and trickles down to staff. If the doctor walks into the office in high spirits, smiling and ready to take on the day, that positive energy transfers to his or her staff and then of course, to the patients. On the other hand, a grumpy entrance has a negative spiral down effect. Douglas McGregor (1906-1964), a social psychologist, defined two different models of management and how they can affect productivity outcomes. Read More.

Modifying Shoe Lacing For Heel Slippage, Dorsal Exostosis And Bunions

Jenny L Sanders DPM
11/5/12 | 6365 reads | 0 comments
Modified shoe lacing can help with a variety of foot problems that tight fitting shoes make worse. One of my favorite “how-to” shoe lacing sites is Ian’s Shoelace site http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/ . I have three common lacing modifications that I recommend to patients. Lock lacing for heel slippage secures ankle fit and prevents heel slip. Offset lacing for the top of a foot bump prevents numbness, relieves pressure and prevents irritation. Finally, increasing forefoot width lacing can relieve pressure on bunions. Read More.

How The Minimalist Shoe Movement Has Affected My Practice And The Profession

Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS
10/31/12 | 7289 reads | 1 comments
More than two years ago, I made a shift in my practice. People told me that I would lose patients, that my colleagues would be taking care of all the stress fractures that I would create, and that I should lose my license because I was violating the Hippocratic Oath of doing no harm. Read More.

Career Changes, Hurdles And A Few Life Lessons Along The Way

10/30/12 | 2303 reads | 1 comments
Within the past 12 years or so, I have made a shift from a general podiatry practice to a specialized wound management and limb preservation practice, which has been marked by a series of highs and lows. No doubt that if you have been in practice for any amount of time, you have experienced your own issues that have made you stronger, wiser and better at your craft. Read More.

Can A Novel Felt Pad Help Offload Plantar Ulcers?

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
10/29/12 | 3656 reads | 1 comments
On my recent journey to the Society for Chiropodists and Podiatrists 100th Anniversary Conference and Exhibition in Glasgow, Scotland, I saw the exhibit hall display for Hapla (Cuxson Gerrard) felt. My U.K. mentor, Dr M. Tariq Khan, PhD, uses this in his podiatric clinic. When I spent time training with Dr. Khan years ago, he introduced me to the Hapla 3D system. Read More.