DPM Blogs

When The Science Of Surgery Becomes An Art

Christopher F. Hyer DPM FACFAS
11/9/11 | 3091 reads | 0 comments
What is the “art” of surgery? The term intimates there is a creative and constructive spirit to the practice. Obviously, an artist is one who is talented and skilled in the practice, and has some natural aptitude as well. True, both of these descriptions can apply to surgery as well so perhaps it is an art. Read More.

What You Should Know About Skin Changes In Obese Patients

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
11/4/11 | 4475 reads | 0 comments
A recent article in the British Journal of Dermatology outlined many of the skin conditions that occur in obese patients. As podiatric physicians, we are well aware of the effects of obesity on the lower extremity in relation to biomechanics but allow me to focus on some of the skin conditions in these patients. Read More.

Educating Patients About Worn Out Athletic Shoes

Jenny L Sanders DPM
11/1/11 | 4449 reads | 0 comments
We are routinely asked by patients to help them determine when their athletic shoes are worn out. Unfortunately, this is not a one-sentence answer and can be frustrating for both patient and practitioner when the question cannot be satisfactorily answered. Running shoe stores typically recommend 300 to 500 miles on a pair of running shoes but this number is useless when talking about gym shoes, hiking boots, basketball shoes, tennis shoes or any number of other sport specific shoes. Read More.

What You Should Know About Linezolid And Psychiatric Medications

Warren S. Joseph DPM FIDSA
10/31/11 | 3553 reads | 0 comments
One of the trickiest issues in prescribing linezolid (Zyvox, Pfizer) for patients with methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) or vancomycin resistant Enterococcus (VRE) infections is the potential for a drug-drug interaction with various serotonergic psychiatric medications, leading to serotonin syndrome. It seems that every pharmacy computer system in the world goes crazy with warnings when you attempt to write for this antibiotic while the patient is on these meds. Read More.

Are You Smarter Than A Podiatric Medical Student?

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
10/28/11 | 2846 reads | 0 comments
The television show Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? is a popular one. I suppose viewers like to see how much knowledge they have retained or forgotten in the years since their elementary school days. Read More.

A Simple But Effective Technique For First MPJ Fusion

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
10/25/11 | 3378 reads | 1 comments
I want to discuss a simplified technique for a first metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ) fusion. I think we sometimes get caught up in the hype of plating systems and joint preparation devices. Sure, it is fun to use these and they do work. However, at times, I have found that using these devices can be counterproductive, making things more difficult than they should be. Read More.

Massacre In Seal Beach: The Shooting Rampage In My Office Building

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
10/20/11 | 4107 reads | 0 comments
Seal Beach is one of the most charming and peaceful communities on the California coastline. I am lucky enough to have practiced podiatric medicine here for 30 years. Located on the famous Pacific Coast Highway, my office is situated just two blocks from the ocean and is part of a unique commercial center that contains a combination of professional offices upstairs and restaurants and beauty salons downstairs. Our center is a vibrant community of private business and professionals who know each other well and commonly refer clients to one another. It is truly an idyllic place to work. Read More.

Have DPMs Abandoned Taping In Their Practice?

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
10/19/11 | 3609 reads | 6 comments
It is disappointing to hear DPMs say they do not use taping in practice, especially when their reasoning is that they only do surgery. If someone does not use taping, I believe he or she is turning away from podiatric roots, which are based strongly in lower extremity biomechanics. The study of biomechanics and its relationship to pathologies and treatment make podiatric medicine unique. Read More.

Where Is The Urgency For Treating Disastrous Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)?

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
10/17/11 | 2905 reads | 0 comments
I was thinking recently about how we react to shared impending calamity (or challenge). The Allies worked together to battle a shared enemy in World War II. The Manhattan Project was an example of this (for better or worse). We worked together within the United States to reach the moon (as a challenge from Sputnik and our then adversaries in the U.S.S.R.). I am sure that if we faced a shared disaster such as a killer asteroid, we would all probably team up to nudge that rock into someone else's orbit. Read More.