DPM Blogs

In Memory Of Richard O. Lundeen, DPM

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
9/16/11 | 4527 reads | 11 comments
On Sept. 3, 2011, podiatry lost one of its true innovators and legendary figures, Richard O. Lundeen, DPM. He was tragically hit by a car while riding a motor scooter. Although Rick had been out of podiatry for several years, his influence remains profound. Read More.

Breaking Out Of Our Comfort ‘Bubbles’

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
9/14/11 | 3291 reads | 0 comments
I hope to burst your bubble with this month’s epistle. Yeah, that’s right. You are living in a bubble, practicing your art within a bubble and, for that matter, you may be living your life in a bubble. If I can break your bubble, this may lead to a new bubble, which may be a little larger and even more comfortable than the one you are in right now. Read More.

Why Fellowships Are Necessary In Podiatric Foot And Ankle Surgery

Christopher F. Hyer DPM FACFAS
9/12/11 | 4623 reads | 4 comments
Fellowship training is a bit controversial within podiatric surgery. Some see it as unnecessary and redundant. Others feel it marginalizes the role of residency training. I submit that both opinions are wrong and shortsighted. Let’s look outside of podiatry and review the role of fellowship training. Read More.

Addressing Subsequent Gait Issues In A Child Who Had An Intracranial Ventricular Shunt And Hydrocephalus In Utero

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
9/7/11 | 3477 reads | 0 comments
As I mentioned in an earlier blog (see http://bit.ly/otq05C ), I recently visited family in Canada and, of course, served as a personal podiatric physician to my parents’ and in-laws’ relatives, friends and neighbors. As our family knows, my big interest lies in pediatric foot and ankle deformities. With this in mind, my mother-in-law asked me to meet with a next-door neighbor‘s child, whom she described as “interesting.” For once (wink wink), my mother-in-law was right.   Read More.

How To Fix Squeaky Orthotics

Jenny L Sanders DPM
9/6/11 | 13935 reads | 1 comments
We learn in school that when an orthotic squeaks, sprinkling powder on the insole of the shoe before placing the orthotic in the shoe will eliminate the squeak. What do we do when this does not work? Read More.

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

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
8/31/11 | 15032 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 | 4352 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 | 3253 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.