DPM Blogs

Taking Advantage Of ‘App’ Technology To Make Wound Care More Efficient

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
8/2/11 | 2940 reads | 0 comments
For a number of years, we at the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) have been discussing the philosophical similarities between what we have called “wound chemotherapy” — or the instillation of therapeutics into a wound by way of a negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) device — and the iPhone (or perhaps more apropos, the iPad). Imagine a day when you will be able to do the following. * Take a product like Vacuum Assisted Closure (VAC therapy, KCI), which might have instillation capabilities. Read More.

A Pertinent Overview Of Infection Control And Instrument Disinfection

Warren S. Joseph DPM FIDSA
7/27/11 | 6167 reads | 0 comments
This week I will be giving a talk on office infection control to the podiatric assistants at the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) National Meeting in Boston. I believe this is an area that does not receive enough attention since it is far from “sexy” or cutting edge, but is still important. Read More.

Surveying The Literature To Find An Absolute Definition Of Equinus

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
7/22/11 | 3983 reads | 0 comments
“Equinus deformity is the most profound causal agent in foot pathomechanics and is frequently linked to common foot pathology,” is a quote from an article by Johnson and Christensen.1 This statement about equinus is something that is vastly underappreciated. It is profound but in my opinion, we as practitioners are not paying enough attention to it. I believe that is because there is no absolute definition of equinus. Read More.

Fundamentals On Podopediatrics: A Sorely Underserved Need In Podiatric Education

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
7/20/11 | 5428 reads | 0 comments
My life has been kind of crazy lately. I left an area where I had been practicing for almost 10 years in order to move to a new area and a new practice that offered me the opportunity of a lifetime. Read More.

Dead Men Do Tell Tales: When Neglecting Family History Leads To A PE-Related Fatality And Malpractice Lawsuit

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS
7/15/11 | 3998 reads | 0 comments
Anyone who has visited the Disney Pirates of the Caribbean ride has heard the entertaining recital of the phrase “Dead men tell no tales.” Unfortunately, in the real world, dead men can leave behind quite a tale, often in the mode of a malpractice suit. The following case settles this month and illustrates a problem that I had discussed in an earlier blog (http://www.podiatrytoday.com/blogged/why-a-post-op-fatality-is-a-wake-up... ). Different case, same problem. Read More.

How Can DPMs Prevent Falls In The Elderly?

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
7/12/11 | 4025 reads | 0 comments
Later this month, I will have the privilege to present two lectures at the Annual Meeting of the American Podiatric Medical Association in Boston (see http://members.apma.org/Members/Events/TheNational.aspx ). My first lecture will cover the controversies of preventive ankle bracing. I have previously discussed this topic on my blog (see http://www.podiatrytoday.com/blogged/what-evidence-reveals-about-prophyl... ). Read More.

The Perfect Caper: Pulling Off The Minimally Invasive Achilles Tendinopathy Surgery

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
7/11/11 | 3420 reads | 1 comments
With the adroit stealth and steeliness of a world-class bank robber, the surgeon slips the “garrote” atraumatically between the anterior surface of the Achilles tendon and the posterior aspect of Kager’s triangle. The implementer’s immense knowledge of the anatomical and histological terrain, perhaps greater than any other, allows him to completely avoid what most of his skilled contemporaries routinely and almost always seek during their mission. Read More.

Rethinking Clinical Study Protocols To Include Patients With Neuroischemic Wounds

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
7/5/11 | 4160 reads | 0 comments
We at the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) wanted to give a heads up to some of the work that has been occupying our time. We are now working on a piece on neuroischemic wounds with our friends Bill Marston, MD, from the University of North Carolina, and Kel Cohen, MD, an Emeritus Professor from Medical College of Virginia. We are all rather flummoxed that many clinical studies in which we participate — and from which our patients can benefit — systematically exclude patients for whom these treatments may provide the most benefit. Read More.