DPM Blogs

Preparing Yourself To Get Through An Audit Unscathed

Desmond Bell DPM CWS FACCWS
9/28/12 | 3140 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.

Who Is Fact Checking The Podiatric Profession?

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
9/27/12 | 5263 reads | 2 comments
With the Presidential Election in less than 60 days, the current tightly contested race has led the candidates to a repetitive and almost desperate distortion of the truth in their speeches. The candidates often blatantly manipulate statistics, previous events and specific responsibility for negative events. I am grateful for the fact checkers in the media and non-partisan organizations that now quickly clarify serious errors or misrepresentations during political campaigns. This begs a question: Who are the fact checkers in the podiatric profession? Read More.

Podiatric Dermatology Quiz: Can You Identify This Condition?

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
9/26/12 | 4004 reads | 6 comments
Can you identify the condition in the photo on the left? Read More.

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

Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS
9/21/12 | 9367 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 | 5767 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 | 7205 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 | 3575 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 | 4624 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 | 4190 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.