DPM Blogs

Facilitating Insurance Coverage For Venous Ablation Procedures

Alison J. Garten DPM
6/26/14 | 864 reads | 2 comments
This is a follow up to my previous blog post regarding venous ablation procedures (see http://tinyurl.com/odulpd4 ). I recently had an eye-opening conversation with a vascular surgeon, Jane Lingelbach, MD, with whom I work closely at Healogics Wound Care Center. She recently expressed why there is a delay of treatment from the time of a requested consult to the time of a venous ablation procedure performed due to an ulceration in the presence of venous disease if indicated. Read More.

How To Diagnose And Treat The Sometimes Elusive CRPS

Jeffrey Bowman DPM MS
6/24/14 | 1050 reads | 0 comments
Chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS) can be extremely debilitating for patients and can have a sometimes elusive diagnosis. Often, clinicians might consider someone with chronic pain to be “mental.” In fact, CRPS is truly a diagnosis of exclusion.1 The following will not be a deep and detailed discussion of CRPS. My only goal is to provide you with a little more information so you don’t always assume psychological issues are the cause of an individual’s intractable pain. Read More.

Should Podiatric Physicians Surrender AFO Therapy To Pedorthists?

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
6/23/14 | 1024 reads | 4 comments
I often give workshops at scientific symposia covering topics relevant to ankle-foot orthotic (AFO) therapy. Often, people ask me questions about Medicare regulations for coding and billing for these devices. Recently, someone asked me about a new program in which a commercial AFO company offers to have a certified pedorthist (CPed) evaluate and treat patients in podiatric medical practices. Read More.

How Do We Ensure Adherence In Patients With Diabetes For A Better Quality Of Life?

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
6/19/14 | 526 reads | 0 comments
Given the mounting evidence that patients with diabetes have a lower quality of life if they do not adhere to their foot care regimens, how can physicians drive home the importance of adherence? Read More.

Key Insights On Joint Preparation For Arthrodesis

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
6/18/14 | 532 reads | 0 comments
I have recently changed my approach to lecturing by trying to present concepts based on literature instead of the traditional approach. This means I have had to write several new lectures over the past few months, which is both good and bad. It has been good because I have had to literally read hundreds of articles for research. It has been bad for the same reason as the time required to do so is enormous. Read More.

Why You Should Consider The Use Of Supplements In The Management Of Diabetic Neuropathy

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS
6/17/14 | 839 reads | 1 comments
Supplements have proven useful for improved management of diabetes and diabetes-related complications such as neuropathy, wounds, cardiovascular complications, renal complications and ophthalmic complications. Read More.

How The Legend Of ‘Cheater Akin’ Began

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
6/13/14 | 769 reads | 0 comments
Rectus B. Akin was on trial. Those folks back in his settlement in middle Kansas knew him well, respected and loved him. When they heard that the immensely disliked marshal from the northern Dakota Territory had arrested Rectus B. on trumped up charges, they were mad. Mad as hell in fact. The simple fact was that the folks up there did not know Rectus B. and what he had done for the people of the Kansas territory. Read More.

Exploring The Link Between Environmental Exposure And Chronic Paronychia

Kristine Hoffman DPM
6/11/14 | 577 reads | 0 comments
Chronic paronychia is an inflammatory reaction of the nail fold lasting more than six weeks. Many etiologies of chronic paronychia exist and they include fungal infection, contact irritants and allergens. Frequently more than one etiologic agent is present. Read More.

Are We Done With K-Wires For Hammertoe Fixation?

Bradly Bussewitz DPM
6/9/14 | 1146 reads | 2 comments
Are K-wires still the standard of care for hammertoe proximal interphalangeal joint (PIPJ) fusion? Coughlin and coworkers found an 81 percent successful rate of PIPJ fusion in 118 toes using K-wire fixation.1 Lamm and colleagues similarly showed a 20 percent nonunion rate with PIPJ fusion and K-wire fixation.2 It seems that we should not be satisfied with any operation yielding a 20 percent failure rate. Read More.