DPM Blogs

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

Jenny L Sanders DPM
5/7/12 | 4069 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 | 4270 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 | 3272 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.

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

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
4/30/12 | 5637 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 | 40470 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 | 15799 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 | 43729 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 | 3768 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 | 6249 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.