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Secrets To Performing Bunion Surgeries That Will Stand The Test Of Time

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
4/30/12 | 5472 reads | 2 comments
I am sitting in the Louisville airport waiting to catch a plane back to Phoenix. I thought this would be a good time to write my next blog. I had a great morning of giving lectures for the Kentucky Podiatric Medical Association where I spoke for a couple hours on various surgical and non-surgical topics. One lecture was on bunion surgery and I thought I would share some of my thoughts regarding the dreaded complication of recurrent or failed bunionectomy. Read More.

A Review Of Treatment Options For Pitted Keratolysis

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
4/26/12 | 38335 reads | 0 comments
Lately at the Foot and Ankle Institute, we have had a “rash” (pun intended) of patients presenting with erythrasma and/or pitted keratolysis. Let’s focus on pitted keratolysis. Pitted keratolysis is a condition characterized by superficial erosions and 1 to 3 mm discrete crateriform pits along the sole of the foot due primarily to prolonged bromhidrosis.1 Although typically asymptomatic and non-inflammatory, patients with this condition often seek treatment because of the associated psychosocial factors such as odor and embarrassment. Read More.

Can Foot Orthotics Relieve The Pain Of Hallux Rigidus?

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
4/25/12 | 14937 reads | 2 comments
I am always interested in theories and advice my colleagues post on the Internet regarding the use of custom foot orthoses to treat common pathologies. It is amazing to see the divergence of opinion regarding selection of materials, casting technique and prescription criteria to treat any single condition. Leading the list of pathologies that has the least agreement for orthotic therapy is hallux rigidus. Read More.

My Top 10 Essential Podiatric Textbooks

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
4/20/12 | 43409 reads | 1 comments
I love books — both hard copy and digital. I can get lost in a bookstore for hours. My love of books prompted me to put together a list of my top 10 podiatric textbooks. In no particular order, I consider these essential to any podiatric library. I have no vested interest in any of these textbooks. This list is based solely on my personal opinion. I love the discussion and debate that book lists create so bring it on. Foot and Lower Extremity Biomechanics: A ten-year collection of Precision Intricast, Inc. newsletters, Volume 1 (Precision Intricast, 1997) by Kevin Kirby, DPM, MS Read More.

Are Mild Wound And Diabetic Foot Infections Like Mild Cancers?

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
4/18/12 | 3729 reads | 0 comments
I was listening to a superb talk recently by Otis Brawley, MD, for our TEDMED at University of Arizona simulcast. Dr. Brawley, the Chief Medical Officer for the American Cancer Society, was speaking about the dramatic overtreatment of prostate and some breast cancers when they were in their early stages. Late in the 18-minute talk, he recounted an anecdote that I had not heard. It had to do with Donald Gleason, MD, PhD, and a meeting he had more than 50 years ago. Dr. Gleason is best known for the eponymous "Gleason Score" for prostate cancer. Read More.

Transitioning A Runner With A Flatfoot Deformity Into A Minimalist Running Shoe

Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS
4/17/12 | 6112 reads | 3 comments
Initiating a long-term conservative treatment plan for any patient can be a very difficult and challenging process for both the physician and the patient. When we ask runners to back off their mileage or stop running altogether for a period of time to overcome an overuse injury, they often look for other treatment options. Many times, this treatment option becomes a new running shoe. Read More.

Should We Run Barefoot?

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
4/13/12 | 5131 reads | 0 comments
A few weeks ago while on a flight to some forgotten city from another forgotten city, the gentleman next to me started up a conversation. As I recall, it was one of those deals where I wanted to sleep as it was an early morning flight. Unfortunately, the conversant was not of high enough social IQ to discern this so he pressed on. “What do you do?” he asked. Still trying to scratch the sand out of my eyes, I replied, “I’m a podiatric surgeon.” Read More.

What You Should Know About Antibiotic Bone Penetration And Osteomyelitis

Warren S. Joseph DPM FIDSA
4/9/12 | 6328 reads | 0 comments
Steven Klein, DPM, a reader of this blog, emailed me to ask the following questions. I have obtained his permission to use his excellent thoughts as a “jumping off” point for this post and some subsequent ones to follow. Read More.

Highlights From The Recent DFCon Meeting

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
4/6/12 | 3783 reads | 0 comments
Diabetes and diabetic foot experts from around the globe met March 15 to 17 at the tenth DFCon Global Diabetic Foot Conference in Los Angeles to share ideas on how to prevent lower limb amputations due to the complications of diabetes. Lee C. Rogers, DPM, and Joseph L. Mills, Sr., MD, were the course directors. More than 30 internationally known experts from 11 countries served on the DFCon faculty. The speakers offered a number of insights. Dr. Mills presented the details on WIFI, a proposed classification for diabetic foot ulcers: Read More.