DPM Blogs

Can HPV Vaccines For Cervical Cancer Have An Effect On Plantar Verruca?

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
8/31/11 | 13741 reads | 2 comments
It is difficult to walk into a physician’s office or turn on the television without hearing about Gardasil® (Merck) or Ceravix® (GlaxoSmithKline). Gardasil is a Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Quadrivalent (Types 6, 11, 16, 18) Vaccine, Recombinant and Ceravix is a Human Papillomavirus Bivalent (Types 16 and 18) Vaccine, Recombinant. These vaccines are ultimately meant to decrease the incidence of cervical cancer by preventing infection from certain HPV types. Read More.

My Search For A New Associate

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
8/29/11 | 4207 reads | 4 comments
I have just completed a six-month search for a new associate to join my practice. This process has been an eye-opening experience in revealing the problems we have created in preparing residents for a career in podiatric medicine. I just read the new blog (see http://bit.ly/nTcUGF ) by Christopher Hyer, DPM, FACFAS, and could not agree more with his observations that underscore my own recent experience. It appears that today’s post-graduate podiatric residency programs are training individuals for a sub-specialty that has little demand or opportunity in the real world. Read More.

Why I Don’t Eat Raw Oysters: What The Emerging Literature Reveals About Infectious Diseases And Contaminated Food

Warren S. Joseph DPM FIDSA
8/25/11 | 3097 reads | 1 comments
The more I read the infectious disease literature, the more limited my diet becomes. It seems that new reports of contaminated food are published regularly. It gets to a point where you do not know what you should and should not eat. I have always been wary of raw foods and rarely eat sushi. This was especially the case after an article was published in Clinical Infectious Diseases a number of years ago complete with pictures of the worm coughed up by a patient who ate salmon sushi.1 (I apologize to those of you who love to eat sushi. It’s just not for me.) Read More.

Is A New Brace The Answer For Equinus?

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
8/24/11 | 4994 reads | 1 comments
If you have been reading my recent blogs, you realize I have been writing a significant amount about equinus (see http://bit.ly/pHai03 and http://bit.ly/koOj86 ). I think equinus is underdiagnosed, undertreated and underappreciated by those who treat foot and ankle pathologies. The gastrocnemius recession procedure is a great answer for equinus but I think we have a much better opportunity to treat equinus non-surgically in the near future than we have ever had at our disposal. Read More.

The Importance Of Being Earnest With Your Hand Hygiene

Ryan H. Fitzgerald DPM
8/19/11 | 2967 reads | 1 comments
For my inaugural blog, I wanted to touch on a subject that is so common for each of us in our clinical practice that it perhaps does not get the appropriate attention it deserves: hand hygiene. While this may seem rudimentary, recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) demonstrate that healthcare workers are among some of the greatest offenders when it comes to effectively and consistently washing their hands.1 Read More.

Sounding Off On Ultrasound

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS
8/17/11 | 4039 reads | 6 comments
The utilization of diagnostic ultrasound by podiatric physicians has increased substantially over recent years. Diagnostic ultrasound offers musculoskeletal diagnostic opportunities, particularly for soft tissue pathology, is superior to standard radiographs and, in some instances, is equal to or superior to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In addition, ultrasound guided interventions such as injections offer the potential of increased efficacy by virtue of increased accuracy of site directed therapies to sites of pathology. Read More.

Why Is Podiatry Trying To Reinvent The Wheel?

Christopher F. Hyer DPM FACFAS
8/16/11 | 3929 reads | 5 comments
I am honored to contribute a monthly blog for Podiatry Today and have given my first topic much consideration. What should I write about? Should I discuss an interesting case presentation? Should I offer pearls for a complex reconstructive surgery? As I contemplate these possibilities, I am drawn to a potentially “hot potato” political topic, which I feel is vitally important to discuss. Read More.

What American Podiatrists Can Learn From Their Italian Counterparts

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
8/15/11 | 3141 reads | 0 comments
In last month’s blog, I wrote about an incredible learning experience in Modena, Italy and how a minimally invasive technique could improve patient care in those suffering from Achilles tendinopathy (see http://www.podiatrytoday.com/blogged/perfect-caper-pulling-minimally-inv... ). I have to continue on the Italian theme because there is so much more to share but this month, we will go a bit farther south in Rome. Read More.

Do We Shortchange Simple Clinical Solutions In Residency Programs?

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
8/11/11 | 2767 reads | 3 comments
A topic that has been recurring in residency program circles and in practice rears its head even now. That topic revolves around our advancing techniques and technologies, and how we approach podiatric surgery. Read More.