DPM Blogs

Remembering Nutritional Analysis In The Wound Care Patient

Alison J. Garten DPM
4/23/14 | 754 reads | 0 comments
While attending a conference a several weeks ago, I ran into a colleague whose passion and expertise, like mine, is wound care. Our conversation centered upon the topic of nutrition and how often as doctors, we omit the patient's dietary habits in our treatment strategies. We are so focused on healing the wound that we may overlook the basics that would assist the healing process. Read More.

Can Strengthening The Abductor Hallucis Muscle Help Prevent Overuse Injuries?

Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS
4/22/14 | 3107 reads | 5 comments
We commonly overlook the abductor hallucis muscle in the foot and rarely does it even get recognition or discussion when it comes to any foot pathologies. However, recent literature has demonstrated its importance to the foot, especially to the medial longitudinal arch.1-4 Accordingly, let us examine the anatomy of the abductor hallucis and review how it may be more involved with the pathology we see on a day-to-day basis. Read More.

Monitoring The Truth In Medical Advertising

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
4/21/14 | 763 reads | 1 comments
During my career, I have had the opportunity to work as a consultant to several footwear companies that market and advertise products directly to the consumer. Currently, I own a company that markets ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs) to healthcare professionals. This experience has taught me that until recently, there has been a clear difference in the standards maintained by companies that market to the consumer and those that market to medical professionals. Read More.

What I Learned From A Recent Malpractice Case On Warts

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS
4/17/14 | 1328 reads | 0 comments
I recently had the opportunity to participate as a defense expert in a malpractice case. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the defendant podiatrist, determining that the plaintiff was 75 percent responsible for damages and the defendant was 25 percent responsible. However, the case was in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania where, unless the jury finds the defendant podiatrist to be greater than 51 percent responsible, it is a defense verdict. Read More.

Are Lower Diabetic Amputation Rates In Italy A Cause For Hope?

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
4/16/14 | 1002 reads | 0 comments
As the prevalence of diabetes rises, more people will face the complications of diabetes, including lower extremity amputation. However, there may be a ray of hope in the form of a recent study in PLOS One that notes a significant reduction in amputation rates among patients with diabetes in Italy.1 Read More.

A Unique Continuing Education Mission Opportunity To Improve Diabetic Foot Care In Haiti

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
4/15/14 | 2094 reads | 0 comments
I love it when solutions to problems evolve naturally and you get the “light bulb” appearing above your head. I have been working on a solution for the Haiti Diabetic Foot Program located in the Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare Program in Port-au-Prince, Haiti for some time. This is a comprehensive diabetic foot program run by Haitians for Haitians and supported by doctors from the United States. Read More.

Why Minimally Invasive Surgery Is An Art Even If It May Not Look Like It

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
4/10/14 | 5359 reads | 1 comments
Seven years ago, I couldn’t believe I had just paid $250 to stand there in a New York art gallery staring at a single red dot in the middle of a large, all-black canvas. “It’s phenomenal, isn’t it?” a cultured voice whispered reverently near my ear. Since I was locked in a mental gymnastics event trying to decide why I had agreed to come to this affair in the first place, I did not hear her. “Excuse me,” the voice whispered more urgently, “it’s phenomenal, isn’t it?” Read More.

What Should You Expect From Your Employees?

Lynn Homisak PRT
4/9/14 | 900 reads | 0 comments
I have had a number of requests for me to discuss the qualities that define an exceptional staff person. The following is an excerpt taken from our SOS Employee Manual and clearly outlines employees’ behavioral expectations. Feel free to include it as part of your handbook. Accountability and responsibility. These qualities manifest in punctuality, performing duties in a consistent and efficient manner, an “I can” attitude, paying close attention to detail and following through on all given tasks. Doing things well is a step toward doing things better. Read More.

Treating Chronic Toenail Injuries In Athletes

Kristine Hoffman DPM
4/8/14 | 1178 reads | 0 comments
Both acute and chronic toenail injuries are common among athletes. While the symptoms of acute injuries such as subungual hematoma and paronychia lead patients to seek prompt treatment, chronic nail injuries can go untreated for years. Several sports including ballet, rock climbing and skiing require tight-fitting footwear, which predisposes athletes to toenail injuries. Read More.