DPM Blogs

Teaching Patients How To Use Rocktape For Injury Prevention And Rehabilitation

Jenny L Sanders DPM
12/28/11 | 6411 reads | 0 comments
We use tape for many conditions. We use tape to illustrate what custom orthotic support might feel like. We use tape to rehabilitate plantar fasciitis. Typically, however, we do the taping as opposed to teaching our patients how to tape themselves. Read More.

Are New Surgical Gadgets Really Better Than ‘Old’ Technologies?

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
12/23/11 | 3490 reads | 4 comments
I recently returned from the Windy City Podiatry Conference in Chicago, which was co-hosted by the Podiatry Institute and the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association. Marking the first collaborative effort between these two organizations, the meeting had an exceptional turnout and was among the best I have attended in many years. I was honored to be part of an exceptional faculty who taught me so much in just two short days. Read More.

My Top Ten Podiatric Pet Peeves

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
12/21/11 | 4371 reads | 5 comments
10. Podiatrists instructing patients to cut their toenails straight across. Where did this originate? Where is the evidence-based medicine for this approach? If everyone’s nails are shaped differently, why would everyone cut them the same? I have always told patients to follow the shape of the nail when trimming. Read More.

Breaking Out Of Our Apathy About Plantar Fasciopathy

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
12/16/11 | 7171 reads | 1 comments
As I wrote in last month’s blog, I want to know more about human plantar fascia (see http://bit.ly/vDJesC ). I know you do as well because of the overwhelming response I had to the upcoming largest paper ever published on the subject of plantar fasciopathy. My goal is to have data on 1,000 plantar fascia, which come to the office cloaked in the simple costume of heel pain. I want to know what these fascia look like with high-resolution diagnostic ultrasound. Read More.

Do Dilemmas Over DVT Prophylaxis Keep You Up At Night?

Christopher F. Hyer DPM FACFAS
12/12/11 | 6530 reads | 0 comments
As physicians, we try to do everything in our powers to heal and improve our patients’ quality of life. Medicine and surgery are part science/part art and some problems have no definitive answers. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) prophylaxis and foot and ankle surgery is one of my top clinical dilemmas and one I actively discuss with colleagues, fellows and residents. I would love to hear the online community’s thoughts as well. Read More.

Navigating Parental Minefields When Treating Kids

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
12/8/11 | 2851 reads | 0 comments
As many of you know, I love working with kids. There is something about treating that population that I feel makes all the hard work in school and residency worth it. However, it does take a special kind of person to know how to deal with the challenges of this population. In the last couple of weeks, I was reminded why some of my colleagues just outright avoid this age group altogether. Read More.

Why Recommending Barefoot Running As An Alternative For Injured Runners Can Be A Reckless Proposition

Jenny L Sanders DPM
12/5/11 | 6212 reads | 0 comments
I recently blogged about minimalist shoes and injuries (see http://tinyurl.com/73qpd6x ). Dana Webb, DPM, commented on the blog, emphasizing the contention that effective minimalist running is all about technique. Here is the comment from Dr. Webb and my subsequent response. Read More.

Developing A Surgical Strategy For Metatarsalgia In The Cavus Foot

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
12/1/11 | 8023 reads | 0 comments
Metatarsalgia is one of the most common conditions that we treat on a daily basis. I am sure we all treat this the same way. After ruling out a neuroma, one typically treats metatarsalgia with shoe gear modifications such as stiff soled shoes and accommodative padding. Treatment ultimately leads towards an orthotic device with appropriate modifications such as metatarsal pads and cutouts. If there is significant equinus, then a heel cord stretching protocol may be part of the treatment plan. Read More.

Making Interprofessional Education A Priority To Improve Podiatric Parity

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
11/29/11 | 2737 reads | 6 comments
Much like John Lennon challenged, “Imagine all the people sharing all the world.” Can you imagine a medical educational system that encompasses MDs, DOs, RNs, PTs and all of the other healthcare providers, including DPMs? Imagine how productive it would be to teach other professions what a podiatrist is capable of doing with his or her education and three year training models, using real life cases to illustrate this model. Read More.