DPM Blogs

What I Get Out Of Lecturing And What I Hope To Give Listeners

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
5/29/14 | 496 reads | 2 comments
I was recently lecturing at a podiatry meeting and a colleague asked me “Why do you lecture?” I looked at him and said, “That is a tough question and I really don’t know what to say.” So I have been thinking about that and I want to share with you my thoughts on that. Read More.

Keys To Addressing Compartment Syndrome

Jeffrey Bowman DPM MS
5/28/14 | 586 reads | 0 comments
When it comes to compartment syndrome, trauma is the most common cause. The most common traumatic cause is fracture but compartment syndrome can also occur with burns. The injury causes compartment syndrome due to increased swelling from fluid within the compartment.1,2 Overuse injuries in exercise can also factor into compartment syndrome but the incidence is miniscule in comparison to trauma. Read More.

Why Are Our DME Claims Being Audited By Medicare?

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
5/27/14 | 1009 reads | 1 comments
Many of us who practice in Jurisdiction D have been audited by Noridian Healthcare Solutions for claims submitted for all types of DME devices including walking boots and custom ankle-foot orthoses. Last week, Noridian Healthcare Solutions released the results of its audit for Jurisdiction D (which covers 17 states including California, Arizona and Washington) for the first quarter of 2014 and the results are alarming.1 Read More.

Can You Diagnose This Condition?

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
5/21/14 | 1414 reads | 2 comments
What is your diagnosis of the condition shown in the photo on the left? Read More.

When Should You Refer Patients For Venous Ablation?

Alison J. Garten DPM
5/20/14 | 817 reads | 0 comments
I often have patients at the wound center who get referrals to me for care after a venous ablation procedure. I researched the procedure to explore what is involved and when we should be referring patients to a vein clinic or a vascular surgeon. Read More.

Are Hospital Denials On Requested Surgical Products Intruding Upon The Patient-Physician Relationship?

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
5/19/14 | 595 reads | 0 comments
Many physicians have long considered enemy #1 to be the almighty insurance company. Having insurance giants dictate patient care is often too much to take. While the insurance companies remain thorns in our sides, some of us are taking notice of another challenge on the horizon, equally repugnant in its intrusion of the patient-physician relationship. Read More.

Why Minimalist Shoes Do Not Create Injuries

Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS
5/16/14 | 1646 reads | 16 comments
The lawsuit against Vibram USA was for making false claims about its footwear product FiveFingers. The website touted many benefits. In particular, Vibram USA claimed your foot can become stronger by wearing FiveFingers. In my opinion, this is a true statement although it was not scientifically proven at the time the claims were made. Read More.

Is It Time For An MRI-Based Charcot Classification?

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
5/14/14 | 627 reads | 0 comments
After decades of use, does the Eichenholtz classification for Charcot foot still hold up? A recent review in Swiss Medical Weekly argues that it is time for a new system.1 Read More.

Treating Acute Toenail Injuries In Athletes

Kristine Hoffman DPM
5/13/14 | 932 reads | 0 comments
Acute toenail injuries in athletes are a relatively common occurrence. These injuries can result from repetitive microtrauma, such as the nail plate contacting the end of the shoe during a long-distance running race, or a single traumatic event such as a crush injury from a player’s foot getting stepped on. Acute nail injuries can cause significant pain and temporary limitation of activities. Long-term complications of these nail injuries include secondary fungal infections and nail plate deformities. Read More.