DPM Blogs

A Closer Look At Exercise For Patients With Diabetic Wounds

Desmond Bell DPM CWS FACCWS
4/2/12 | 6010 reads | 0 comments
Let me begin by stating that exercise and patients with diabetes are not mutually exclusive. This also holds true for a patient with diabetes who has a non-healing foot ulcer. Preliminary research suggests that exercise may work to increase the rate of wound healing in such patients. That being said, many patients seeking treatment for diabetic foot ulcers are not the most disciplined when it comes to lifestyle choices. Exercise and the lack thereof is often a contributing factor to the declining quality of life that affects many patients with diabetes. Read More.

Comparing Soccer Cleat Widths To Help Ensure An Ideal Fit

Jenny L Sanders DPM
3/28/12 | 6594 reads | 0 comments
Soccer cleat sizes do not indicate widths, and this can make it difficult to obtain a good fit. Since many medium width cleats will run either wide or narrow, you can use a side-by-side comparison to identify volume differences among different pairs of shoes. Read More.

What You Should Know About Peroneal Tendon Disorders

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
3/26/12 | 14839 reads | 0 comments
Lateral ankle pain and hindfoot conditions can be difficult to diagnose through a history and physical exam. Often, multiple anatomic areas are painful with palpation or motion. To that end, it is common to order magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for a “lateral ankle pain.” Read More.

Why Are We Missing The Boat When Offloading Diabetic Foot Ulcers?

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
3/22/12 | 6100 reads | 1 comments
I am presenting a lecture about offloading diabetic foot ulcerations at this year’s Midwest Podiatry Conference. In preparation, I reviewed a recent review paper by Peter Cavanagh, PhD, a respected authority on the subject of offloading the diabetic foot.1 He is also one of the pioneers of research in lower extremity biomechanics. Cavanagh’s findings are astounding. Read More.

Assessing The Literature And Company Claims About Striking Patterns In Runners

Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS
3/21/12 | 15127 reads | 1 comments
With the interest in barefoot and minimalist running continuing to increase amongst the running community and shoe companies, we encounter another widely debated topic: should we land on our forefoot, midfoot or rearfoot?1-3 Read More.

Fighting For Subtalar Arthroereisis Insurance Coverage

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
3/15/12 | 4811 reads | 4 comments
Insurance companies are up there on my list of least favorites along with malpractice attorneys, plaintiff professional expert witnesses and foot and ankle orthopedic surgeons who initiate lawsuits against podiatrists. I have written about the latter groups already (see http://tinyurl.com/7mocb9t ). The insurance companies are next and I have a specific bone to pick with several of them including the gargantuan Anthem/Blue Cross. Read More.

Ramping Up Our Knowledge Of Pain Management

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
3/13/12 | 3285 reads | 1 comments
No matter what surgical procedure or even rudimentary treatment you offer, the patient outcome is only as good as what the patient “thinks” about the result. You know what I’m talking about. You just did an incredible piece of work, the foot looks great and you’re ready to send off the X-rays for inclusion in the next edition of McGlamry’s Comprehensive Textbook of Foot Surgery. Suddenly, the air gets sucked out of your chest faster than it takes to blink and the patient says: “I don’t think it looks that good, Doctor!” Read More.

How To Develop A Wound Care Team In Your Community

Desmond Bell DPM CWS FACCWS
3/12/12 | 3538 reads | 0 comments
This month’s blog is the third in a series that deals with the development and marketing of wound care within a practice. The last two blogs focused on determining if you are truly interested in wound care and how to more effectively manage the patients you see in your practice. If you are reading this, you have hopefully reflected on how important your role is not only to your patients but also to the other providers in your community. Read More.

Podiatric Dermatology Quiz: What Is Your Diagnosis?

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
3/7/12 | 4869 reads | 5 comments
Can you identify the type of dermatitis shown in the photo at the left? The condition depicted is a chronic pruritic skin disorder often associated with a personal or family history of asthma, hay fever, allergic rhinitis and eczema. Most cases first become apparent in early childhood. An onset of the disorder after the age of 14 is uncommon. Read More.