DPM Blogs

Is A New Brace The Answer For Equinus?

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
8/24/11 | 5416 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 | 3077 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 | 4372 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 | 4163 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 | 3324 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 | 2860 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.

Where Do Those Patients Go Once We Lose Them To Follow-Up?

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
8/9/11 | 2715 reads | 4 comments
At a recent teaching conference I attended, after all of the formal lecturing was over, my colleagues and I made a real discovery about where patients go when they disappear from your practice and why. Haven’t you always wondered? That day, we were discussing the topic of Morton’s neuroma and the best treatment protocols. Do you perform alcohol sclerosing of the nerve, thereby killing the nerve? Do you decompress the nerve, thereby freeing it to recover (hopefully)? Do you inject cortisone in the hopes of calming the nerve, allowing it to become less inflamed temporarily? Read More.

How Have Patients Responded To The Suture And Button Stabilization Technique?

Molly Judge DPM FACFAS
8/8/11 | 3368 reads | 0 comments
I am happy to report that my patients and I have been pleased with the results of the suture and button stabilization technique used for stabilizing plantar plate insufficiency associated with lesser metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ) instability. (See the February 2011 Podiatry Today cover story at http://www.podiatrytoday.com/current-insights-treating-second-mpj-dysfun... and a previous blog I did on this subject at http://www.podiatrytoday.com/blogged/questions-and-answers-suture-and-bu... .) Read More.

Educating Patients About Slip-On Shoes And Flat Feet

Jenny L Sanders DPM
8/4/11 | 4836 reads | 0 comments
Let’s face it. Patients want to look stylish and have footwear that is easy to get on and off no matter what their foot pathology. Certain styles of footwear, however, can actually predispose patients to pain and injury. This is especially the case when it comes to slip-ons with elastic goring that are worn by patients with flat feet. Read More.