DPM Blogs

When Will We Start Calling Morton’s Neuroma What It Is: Morton’s Entrapment?

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
2/9/12 | 7186 reads | 0 comments
In the December 2011 issue of Foot and Ankle Specialist, there is an interesting article titled “Long-Term Results of Neurectomy in the Treatment of Morton’s Neuroma: More Than 10 Years’ Follow-Up.”1 What is interesting about this article? There are several things really. First, in an inset sidebar on the first page of the article, it says: “… the cause of Morton’s neuroma remains unclear, and its etiology and treatment remain matters of controversy.” Read More.

How A Sagittal Z Osteotomy Can Be Beneficial With Revisional Surgery Of The First Metatarsal

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
2/3/12 | 5173 reads | 0 comments
An important part of any busy podiatric surgeon’s practice is revision of failed foot surgery. Since forefoot surgery makes up the majority of procedures performed on the foot, one commonly encounters aberrations of the metatarsals from prior surgery. One of the most common conditions affecting the forefoot includes excessive shortening or sagittal plane malposition of the first metatarsal. Read More.

Educating Patients About Soccer Cleat Design

Jenny L Sanders DPM
1/31/12 | 6829 reads | 0 comments
A competitive soccer player recently came into my office with a new $250 pair of Adidas adiPower Predator TRX FG soccer cleats. When he asked me to evaluate his cleats, I was shocked to discover that they sat everted on the table as the image at left shows. Read More.

Emerging Trends In Antibiotic Prescriptions By Podiatrists

Warren S. Joseph DPM FIDSA
1/30/12 | 6118 reads | 8 comments
I recently came across some fascinating data that breaks down the number of outpatient prescriptions written by podiatrists for all different classes of drugs in 2010. Unlike various surveys that have been done over the years by different magazines, this is hard data based on the actual number of scripts. I would like to comment on some findings I find interesting in the use of antibiotics. Read More.

Why I Made The Decision To Specialize In Wound Care

Desmond Bell DPM CWS FACCWS
1/27/12 | 4606 reads | 0 comments
Welcome to my new blog. I am honored to share information, insights and ideas with my colleagues. It is my hope that by sharing my experiences with the readers of Podiatry Today, you will be encouraged and inspired in your efforts when treating patients affected with wounds of varying etiologies. Read More.

Rethinking My Position On Preventive Ankle Bracing In Athletes

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
1/26/12 | 6805 reads | 0 comments
I have a special interest in the debate over preventive ankle bracing in athletes. In fact, I have voiced my opinion several times over the past two years in articles and blogs in Podiatry Today (see http://bit.ly/cs4JkR and http://bit.ly/qdlUJ9 ). Most of my previous opinions about preventive ankle bracing have remained consistent. However, I have begun to rethink recommendations I have made in previous articles because of two recent studies. Specifically, I have changed my mind about recommending preventive ankle bracing for adolescent athletes. Read More.

How To Find Balance In Your Practice And Life

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
1/24/12 | 3893 reads | 1 comments
Do you have balance in your professional career and personal life? I am not sure I do. From my discussion with other colleagues, I believe most of you do not either. One of the reasons I became a podiatrist was to have a “normal” lifestyle but that has never seemed to materialize. I have always had a good work ethic but why does a good work ethic still seem to create an unbalanced life? As we start a new year and I enter my 21st year of practice, I am going to strive to find better balance in my life. I hope this provokes you to consider the balance in your life. Read More.

Do Running Shoes Still Need Heels?

Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS
1/19/12 | 27623 reads | 19 comments
Has anyone ever pondered the fact that almost every shoe we put on our feet contains a "heel”? This is true whether it is a $200 motion control running shoe or simply a dress shoe that has the ¾-inch heel to accommodate our perfectly hemmed slacks. Let's not leave out the eye catching high heels that we all tell our patients are biomechanically inappropriate. Surprisingly, it's not simply 1 ½-inch pumps that can be wreaking havoc for our patients’ feet. It may very well be the majority of shoes that most of us are wearing. Read More.

Can Sympathetic Nerve Blocks And Spinal Stimulation Help Children With CRPS?

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
1/17/12 | 3618 reads | 0 comments
Rarely in my profession do I encounter a patient whose story profoundly affects me. It happens more often when I see children. As a parent, I cannot possibly imagine any of my children in chronic pain. This is why I was so disturbed when I met a young lady and heard her experience over the last six months or so. Her pediatrician sent her to me because she was in so much pain. She could not ambulate properly and would not put her heel down flat on the ground. Her pediatrician wanted me to evaluate her and see if this was a mechanical or sensory issue. Read More.