DPM Blogs

Rethinking My Position On Preventive Ankle Bracing In Athletes

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
1/26/12 | 7353 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 | 3936 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 | 28500 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 | 3679 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.

Breaking Out Of Our ‘Echo Chamber’ At Conferences

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
1/16/12 | 2977 reads | 3 comments
As a new year begins, so does a new slate of podiatric scientific conferences. Podiatric physicians have no shortage of educational experiences from which to choose. Read More.

Can Sesamoiditis And Hallux Valgus Be A Nerve Entrapment?

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
1/11/12 | 5811 reads | 0 comments
Several weeks ago in the pre-op area, I greeted a patient and started going over the planned surgical procedures we had listed on her informed consent. She was here for her second extremity surgery. We had performed peripheral nerve decompressions for her six weeks previously. She did well and wanted to have the other side done. Read More.

A New Review Of Antibiotic Therapy For Osteomyelitis

Warren S. Joseph DPM FIDSA
1/10/12 | 4683 reads | 0 comments
I wish all of my readers a healthy, happy and prosperous 2012. With this post, I am trying something a bit different. In the past, I usually waited to put up a post until I come up with an “aha” moment on something I have seen, heard or read about, and then pontificate on this site. These moments could occur only days apart but usually it was a much longer time period leading to relatively infrequent additions to the blog. Read More.

Should Surgeons Recommend Vitamins Before Surgery?

1/5/12 | 4423 reads | 2 comments
Surgeons understand the science behind healing. Nutritional building blocks are necessary to rebuild and repair surgically traumatized tissue. As the surgeon, what do you to ensure your patients are nutritionally maximized at the time of surgery to have the best chance for an optimal recovery? Read More.

Blog Readers Argue About Board Certification: Is It Fair Or Another Way To Discriminate?

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
1/3/12 | 7139 reads | 17 comments
When I think about subjects that cause controversy, my last blog topic, “Making Interprofessional Education a Priority to Improve Podiatric Parity,” (http://tinyurl.com/cuefzz5 ) would not be at the top of my list. However, for some readers, it met the qualifications for controversy and they started a verbal parry over what I had said. Read More.