DPM Blogs

What Happened To Continuing Education For Podiatric Biomechanics?

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
11/18/11 | 3041 reads | 4 comments
While doing background research for this blog, I originally intended to focus on the reasons why topics relating to biomechanics have vanished from presentations at major podiatric conferences around the country. I wanted to review the lecture schedules from last year as well as upcoming meetings in 2012 to make sure that I was correct regarding the dearth of biomechanics lectures. Read More.

Can Diagnostic Ultrasound Help Us Break Free From Conservative Dogma About Plantar Fasciitis?

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
11/16/11 | 2947 reads | 0 comments
Have you been thinking about the histological composition of plantar fascia lately? It haunts me every clinic day. Why? It’s because we know so much about it. Yet professionally, we have not integrated this knowledge fully, not even fractionally in the clinical arena like I know we can. Read More.

Are Medical Textbooks Obsolete?

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
11/11/11 | 3073 reads | 0 comments
I am a voracious reader. I love books and immersing myself in the new worlds the best fiction writers create. I also love textbooks. Throughout college and podiatry school, I spent most of my money -- anything not reserved for living or education expenses -- on any text I could find. In between studying for exams, I would leaf through these texts to pick up bits of information I hoped would stick in my databank for future use. Read More.

When The Science Of Surgery Becomes An Art

Christopher F. Hyer DPM FACFAS
11/9/11 | 2907 reads | 0 comments
What is the “art” of surgery? The term intimates there is a creative and constructive spirit to the practice. Obviously, an artist is one who is talented and skilled in the practice, and has some natural aptitude as well. True, both of these descriptions can apply to surgery as well so perhaps it is an art. Read More.

What You Should Know About Skin Changes In Obese Patients

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
11/4/11 | 4181 reads | 0 comments
A recent article in the British Journal of Dermatology outlined many of the skin conditions that occur in obese patients. As podiatric physicians, we are well aware of the effects of obesity on the lower extremity in relation to biomechanics but allow me to focus on some of the skin conditions in these patients. Read More.

Educating Patients About Worn Out Athletic Shoes

Jenny L Sanders DPM
11/1/11 | 4332 reads | 0 comments
We are routinely asked by patients to help them determine when their athletic shoes are worn out. Unfortunately, this is not a one-sentence answer and can be frustrating for both patient and practitioner when the question cannot be satisfactorily answered. Running shoe stores typically recommend 300 to 500 miles on a pair of running shoes but this number is useless when talking about gym shoes, hiking boots, basketball shoes, tennis shoes or any number of other sport specific shoes. Read More.

What You Should Know About Linezolid And Psychiatric Medications

Warren S. Joseph DPM FIDSA
10/31/11 | 3325 reads | 0 comments
One of the trickiest issues in prescribing linezolid (Zyvox, Pfizer) for patients with methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) or vancomycin resistant Enterococcus (VRE) infections is the potential for a drug-drug interaction with various serotonergic psychiatric medications, leading to serotonin syndrome. It seems that every pharmacy computer system in the world goes crazy with warnings when you attempt to write for this antibiotic while the patient is on these meds. Read More.

Are You Smarter Than A Podiatric Medical Student?

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
10/28/11 | 2722 reads | 0 comments
The television show Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? is a popular one. I suppose viewers like to see how much knowledge they have retained or forgotten in the years since their elementary school days. Read More.

A Simple But Effective Technique For First MPJ Fusion

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
10/25/11 | 3216 reads | 1 comments
I want to discuss a simplified technique for a first metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ) fusion. I think we sometimes get caught up in the hype of plating systems and joint preparation devices. Sure, it is fun to use these and they do work. However, at times, I have found that using these devices can be counterproductive, making things more difficult than they should be. Read More.