DPM Blogs

Emphasizing a Proactive Multidisciplinary Approach To The Combination Of Neuropathic Ulcers And Peripheral Arterial Disease

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
10/24/12 | 2966 reads | 0 comments
Joe Mills, MD, and I, along with many of our colleagues, have been struck with how our population has changed but our methods (and language) have not. We discussed this previously in a dendrogram (cluster analysis) from a study I co-authored with Lavery and Peters in 2008. (see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18593392 ). Read More.

Cutting Down On Wait Times Without Sacrificing Quality

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
10/17/12 | 4062 reads | 2 comments
Medicine is a volume business. In order to have a financially thriving practice, clinicians need to see more patients. More patients equal more revenue. This is a dirty little truth that anyone in medicine knows but is very reluctant to talk about because it is not politically correct. The problem with a high volume is patients spend more time waiting. I have always inherently been aware of patient wait times. The longer patients wait, the more pressure I feel. Recently, I asked patients to fill out a survey with the following questions: Read More.

What I Look For In A Bunionectomy Procedure

Bradly Bussewitz DPM
10/16/12 | 3532 reads | 3 comments
There are three major considerations I utilize when evaluating surgical outcomes after a bunionectomy. First, the procedure must allow pain relief. Regardless of any radiographic success, if the patient continues to experience pain, the procedure has failed. Secondly, one must achieve deformity correction, acutely and chronically. Lastly, cosmetic improvement is expected by patients and is important in most deformity correcting surgeries. Read More.

What You Should Know About Employee Classifications

Lynn Homisak PRT
10/12/12 | 2979 reads | 0 comments
Too often, I find there is a huge misunderstanding about employee wage classification. Accordingly, this month’s blog provides a very narrow look into Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) rules that affect you as an employer. Compliance with the FLSA is something you should take seriously. In 2008, the Department of Labor recovered $220 million in back wages and employees are filing a record number of lawsuits under state and federal wage and hour laws. Read More.

Why Podiatrists Should Be Attending PAINweek

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
10/11/12 | 2739 reads | 0 comments
A few weeks ago, I went to a huge frat party, the Kappa Mu Delta* to be exact, and it was in Las Vegas. Now I know what happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas but I’m going to kiss and tell, so to speak. Read More.

Keys To Correcting Syndactyly And Avoiding Surgical Complications

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
10/8/12 | 9114 reads | 5 comments
I met with a charming young family several weeks ago. They came in with a very articulate, rambunctious 3-year-old boy who had a simple complaint. “My toes are stuck together!” he said. When questioned a little further, he admitted that, “Sometimes it rubs on my shoes and my toes stay over each other.” I was amazed how just a few words given by this young lad pretty much gave me all the information I needed to start discussing what was going on with the parents of this very bright child.   Read More.

Prescribing An Orthotic That Offers Maximum Support And Minimal Bulk

Jenny L Sanders DPM
10/3/12 | 3632 reads | 0 comments
When you have a patient who is not going to wear a running shoe and you need an orthosis with maximum support and minimal bulk, what do you do? A lower profile orthoses incorporating the following key features works every time (see the photo at left). Read More.

Diagnosing And Treating Gout In An Unlikely Patient

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
10/1/12 | 4546 reads | 0 comments
A 35-year-old woman presented to my office with the chief complaint of a large growth on the dorsolateral left foot. She denied any prior treatment for it. She could not wear a closed-in shoe due to pain and irritation to the mass. Her shoe gear was limited to flip-flops. She denied any injury to the foot. The mass had been growing slowly for five years or more. She denied any fluctuations in the size of the mass over time. She also related that she had a growth on her right pinky finger. Read More.

Preparing Yourself To Get Through An Audit Unscathed

9/28/12 | 3136 reads | 0 comments
I wasn’t born and raised in Florida, but in the 15 years that I have called Jacksonville home, I have come to appreciate the charms and nuances of living in a beautiful subtropical climate where living near water brings with it natural beauty as well as the potential for disaster. As most Floridians are keenly aware, hurricane season extends from June 1 until November 1. Fall is here and another hurricane season has nearly reached its conclusion, which means we are almost ready to breathe another collective “Sunshine State sigh of relief,” having gotten through another year unscathed. Read More.