DPM Blogs

Are Foot Massages The Demise Of The Podiatric Profession?

Lynn Homisak PRT
6/7/12 | 5404 reads | 1 comments
Apparently, a foot massage is a very touchy subject so I thought I would throw it out there for discussion. I recently posted on Facebook about my dental appointment. During this appointment, the staff offered a paraffin treatment for my hands and … a foot massage while they cleaned my teeth. As a patient, I was blown away by their customer service and quite frankly, it did just what good marketing is supposed to do. I told 10 people who told 10 people, etc. Read More.

When Excising Diseased Peroneus Longus Tendon May Make More Sense Than Tendon Reconstruction

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
6/6/12 | 7359 reads | 0 comments
Peroneal tendon disorders are fairly common after ankle inversion injuries or in patients who have chronic wear and tear associated with the pes cavus foot type. Peroneus brevis tendon partial tears and tendinosis seem to be more prevalent than peroneus longus tendon disorders. I want to dedicate this blog to a simple yet effective surgery for severe tendinosis and/or complete rupture of the peroneus longus tendon. Read More.

Skin Grafts Or Skin Substitutes: What Is Your Preference?

Desmond Bell DPM CWS FACCWS
6/1/12 | 4299 reads | 0 comments
Over the past decade, we have witnessed the emergence of several technological advances that have had a direct impact on healing wounds that previously would have resulted in amputation or even death. Three areas in which we have seen the greatest impact in wound healing in the past decade have been in the realms of negative pressure wound therapy, endovascular procedures and skin substitutes. Read More.

Can A Shoe Lift Ease Back Pain From CAM Walkers?

Jenny L Sanders DPM
5/31/12 | 4080 reads | 2 comments
Low back pain represents 2.3 percent of all physician visits and about one-fourth of U.S. adults reported having low back pain in the past three months.1 Podiatrists routinely immobilize their patients with controlled ankle motion (CAM) walkers. These walkers inevitably contribute to limb length inequality, resulting in low back pain. Even Up™ is a patented shoe lift device that minimizes back strain due to cast immobilization. One can easily apply Even Up externally to a shoe and the device can accommodate a wide variety of shoes. Read More.

Evaluating Diabetic Foot Infections With The New IDSA Guidelines

Warren S. Joseph DPM FIDSA
5/29/12 | 4963 reads | 0 comments
I promised I would post a link to the newly revised, updated Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Diabetic Foot Infection Guidelines as soon as they were available. Read More.

Encouraging Signs Of Interest In AFO Therapy At A Podiatric Medical School

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
5/24/12 | 3101 reads | 0 comments
This past week was a rewarding time for me in terms of medical education. First, I had the pleasure of giving a lecture to the second-year class of podiatric medical students at the Western University of Health Sciences. Additionally, a third-year resident in family medicine from a nearby teaching hospital finished a two-week rotation in my office. Finally, I had a second-year resident from our Podiatry Surgical Residency (PSR-36) Program scrub three surgeries with me. Read More.

Podiatric Dermatology Quiz: What Kind Of Lesion Is This?

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
5/23/12 | 4499 reads | 5 comments
Can you identify the type of lesion shown in the photo at the left? These atypical moles differ from common nevi as they are usually larger in size and lack pigment uniformity. Color ranges from reddish hues to brown to blue-black. The clinical appearance of a popular, pigmented central portion surrounded by a less pigmented macular border gives rise to the “fried egg” nomenclature. Read More.

Expanding The Use Of NPWT Beyond DFUs: What The Literature Reveals

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
5/22/12 | 3149 reads | 1 comments
Recently, the use of NPWT has expanded beyond the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers. Negative pressure wound therapy improves the take of split-thickness skin grafts by acting as a bolster and preventing an accumulation of fluid beneath the graft site.1 In 2004, Moisidis and co-workers found that the quality of take for split-thickness skin grafts subjected to NPWT was qualitatively improved in 50 percent of the cases they studied.2 Read More.

Is It True That Only Sprinters Run With Forefoot Striking?

Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS
5/17/12 | 5069 reads | 4 comments
Continuing with the discussion on how people should land when they run, it is very interesting to look at the elite marathoners and what particular form they use. Many of those against forefoot striking have sent me videos and pictures of these athletes claiming they are “heel striking.” It almost turns into a he said/ she said type of argument because these runners are moving so fast that it is difficult to slow the video down or alter the video angle to yield a black and white answer. There are, however, many videos on You Tube that show strike patterns of various marathon runners. Read More.