DPM Blogs

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

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
10/20/11 | 4172 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 | 3681 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 | 2975 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.

Getting Psychiatric Help For Your Postoperative Surgeon Stress Syndrome

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
10/14/11 | 3292 reads | 1 comments
You are just your leaving clinic after seeing a passel of postoperative follow-ups and you cannot decide what is hurting you worst. Is it the soon to be festering wound from the gluteal mastication you just took from a patient because she still has some swelling seven weeks after a complex reconstruction and she is “really irritated” because she is unable to participate in her yoga class? Read More.

Do Botulinum Injections Help Or Hinder The Effect Of Serial Casting?

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
10/11/11 | 4585 reads | 0 comments
I am a forum junkie. If there is a forum about something I am interested in, then I am there. I participate in forums for my remote-controlled vehicle addiction, for my new cycling addiction, for the eagerly anticipated massively multi-player online role-playing game (MMORPG) “The Old Republic” and, of course, for various topics in podiatry. I am more of a spectator with professional forums. I prefer to read and learn from others rather than participate in these forums. Read More.

Minimalist Shoes And Injuries: Keys To Diagnosis And Patient Education

Jenny L Sanders DPM
10/5/11 | 19244 reads | 3 comments
Footwear News reports that the emergent category of minimalist shoes represents between 10 and 20 percent of the business of runner specialty stores.1 Through July 2011, minimalist shoe sales have already totaled $30 million, up nearly twofold from the year-ago period. What this means to podiatrists is the trend toward minimalist shoe purchases is not a temporary flash in the pan phenomenon but rather a groundswell of change, at least for now. Read More.

Publish Or Perish: The Importance Of Sharing Our Knowledge

Christopher F. Hyer DPM FACFAS
9/29/11 | 2899 reads | 0 comments
I attend a lot of foot and ankle specialty meetings throughout the year. I enjoy the academic stimulation and continuing to learn as well as the camaraderie with other professionals. What continues to puzzle me, however, is that we have many talented and experienced physicians who never publish or share their knowledge. Read More.

Can 3D Templating And Simulation Enhance Surgical Planning?

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
9/27/11 | 3793 reads | 0 comments
We at the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) have long embraced the benefits of interconnectivity and open source solutions. Surgical planning and collaboration are no exception. The concept of 3D surgical “printing” (templating and simulation) in lower extremity reconstruction is not entirely commonplace. This is likely for a number of reasons. With the continual maturation of free and open source software applications as well as the ever increasing capabilities of “RepRap” technology (see http://reprap.org/wiki/Main_Page ), we can overcome these limitations. Read More.