DPM Blogs

Podiatric Dermatology Quiz: What Kind Of Lesion Is This?

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
5/23/12 | 4551 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 | 3180 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 | 5197 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.

Should Podiatric Physicians Monitor HBOT?

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
5/16/12 | 5065 reads | 0 comments
“First do no harm.” Many often refer incorrectly to this phrase as part of the Hippocratic Oath. (In fact, the quote is “to do good or to do no harm.”) This phrase actually comes from the Hippocratic writing Epidemics. The meaning of this statement is of the utmost importance no matter the origin. I am proud to be part of the progress of the podiatric profession in its quest of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Vision 2015. In my opinion, however, some of these professional advancements violate the aforementioned quote. Read More.

Why Focusing On Tidbits Of Information Can Lead You Down The Wrong Diagnostic Path

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
5/11/12 | 3595 reads | 0 comments
I had a very interesting patient come in last month. Sadly, she was in an automobile accident about four years ago, which resulted in an intracranial bleed. She ended up with severe vertigo and loss of strength on her left side. The car hit her from the left side, causing trauma to the entire aspect of her left side, including an ulna fracture as well as a tibial plateau fracture of the left knee. Read More.

Why We Need Better Data On Fitting Shoes For Children

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
5/9/12 | 3300 reads | 0 comments
Children are not just little adults. We know this intuitively when we care for our own children but when it comes to feet, I think most shoe companies are really regressing. Read More.

Educating Patients On The Three-Point Approach To Testing Running Shoes

Jenny L Sanders DPM
5/7/12 | 4051 reads | 0 comments
Patients frequently ask for guidance in choosing an appropriate running shoe. In the 1990s, Mark Reeves, DPM, of the Virginia Mason Sports Medicine Clinic in Seattle, created the three-point approach to testing running shoes. Read More.

Certification And Wound Care Expertise: Are They One And The Same?

Desmond Bell DPM CWS FACCWS
5/4/12 | 4251 reads | 6 comments
First, I would like to thank the readers for taking the time to review the topics I have presented regarding the world of wound care. If you read my blog, you are likely seeking some insight or clinical perspectives that may help you in managing patients with chronic wounds from a variety of etiologies. This month, I would like to turn the tables and gain some knowledge from you, my respected colleagues, on your approach to things, specifically how you have attained your level of expertise. Read More.

Why Your Practice’s Financial Success Is Tied To Staff Performance

Lynn Homisak PRT
5/1/12 | 3255 reads | 2 comments
In a recent article, George Taylor writes that he considers an engaged employee “an economic engine for your practice.”1 He makes a lot of interesting points that mirror ideas I firmly adhere to and advocate. That is, there is an undeniable link between well-trained, satisfied employees and the financial success of a practice. I wonder: if staff had CPT codes hung around their necks, making it easier for doctors to measure their productivity, would their efforts be more acknowledged and appreciated? Read More.