DPM Blogs

Do Runners Need Orthotics?

Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS
2/15/12 | 24090 reads | 20 comments
I routinely have runners present to our office demanding orthotics for their shoes. Even more common is the request for replacement orthotics. The question is: Should they even be running in an orthotic? Read More.

Will U.S. Amputation Rates Continue To Fall In People With Diabetes?

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
2/13/12 | 4930 reads | 0 comments
There may be some good news in regard to amputation rates in patients with diabetes in the United States. A recent study in Diabetes Care found that nontraumatic lower extremity amputation rates have decreased in patients with diabetes over age 40.1 Lin and colleagues found the amputation discharge rate per 1,000 people with diabetes was 3.9 in 2008 — down from 11.2 in 1996. Read More.

Assessing An Innovative Non-Surgical Treatment For Paronychias

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
2/10/12 | 4164 reads | 0 comments
Have you ever wondered what non-surgical treatment you could do for your patient with a paronychia? I have had the pleasure of hearing Hiroko Arai, MD, speak multiple times on the subject at the Council for Nail Disorders and the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting. She is a Japanese dermatologist who has pioneered the gutter splint for ingrown nails (sterilized plastic IV tubing fixed with acrylic resin).1 For details and pictures of this procedure, I highly suggest you read this article. Read More.

When Will We Start Calling Morton’s Neuroma What It Is: Morton’s Entrapment?

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
2/9/12 | 6502 reads | 0 comments
In the December 2011 issue of Foot and Ankle Specialist, there is an interesting article titled “Long-Term Results of Neurectomy in the Treatment of Morton’s Neuroma: More Than 10 Years’ Follow-Up.”1 What is interesting about this article? There are several things really. First, in an inset sidebar on the first page of the article, it says: “… the cause of Morton’s neuroma remains unclear, and its etiology and treatment remain matters of controversy.” Read More.

How A Sagittal Z Osteotomy Can Be Beneficial With Revisional Surgery Of The First Metatarsal

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
2/3/12 | 4792 reads | 0 comments
An important part of any busy podiatric surgeon’s practice is revision of failed foot surgery. Since forefoot surgery makes up the majority of procedures performed on the foot, one commonly encounters aberrations of the metatarsals from prior surgery. One of the most common conditions affecting the forefoot includes excessive shortening or sagittal plane malposition of the first metatarsal. Read More.

Educating Patients About Soccer Cleat Design

Jenny L Sanders DPM
1/31/12 | 6574 reads | 0 comments
A competitive soccer player recently came into my office with a new $250 pair of Adidas adiPower Predator TRX FG soccer cleats. When he asked me to evaluate his cleats, I was shocked to discover that they sat everted on the table as the image at left shows. Read More.

Emerging Trends In Antibiotic Prescriptions By Podiatrists

Warren S. Joseph DPM FIDSA
1/30/12 | 5900 reads | 8 comments
I recently came across some fascinating data that breaks down the number of outpatient prescriptions written by podiatrists for all different classes of drugs in 2010. Unlike various surveys that have been done over the years by different magazines, this is hard data based on the actual number of scripts. I would like to comment on some findings I find interesting in the use of antibiotics. Read More.

Why I Made The Decision To Specialize In Wound Care

Desmond Bell DPM CWS FACCWS
1/27/12 | 4335 reads | 0 comments
Welcome to my new blog. I am honored to share information, insights and ideas with my colleagues. It is my hope that by sharing my experiences with the readers of Podiatry Today, you will be encouraged and inspired in your efforts when treating patients affected with wounds of varying etiologies. Read More.

Rethinking My Position On Preventive Ankle Bracing In Athletes

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
1/26/12 | 5957 reads | 0 comments
I have a special interest in the debate over preventive ankle bracing in athletes. In fact, I have voiced my opinion several times over the past two years in articles and blogs in Podiatry Today (see http://bit.ly/cs4JkR and http://bit.ly/qdlUJ9 ). Most of my previous opinions about preventive ankle bracing have remained consistent. However, I have begun to rethink recommendations I have made in previous articles because of two recent studies. Specifically, I have changed my mind about recommending preventive ankle bracing for adolescent athletes. Read More.