DPM Blogs

What American Podiatrists Can Learn From Their Italian Counterparts

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
8/15/11 | 3389 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 | 2896 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 | 2747 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 | 3404 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 | 4925 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.

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

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
8/2/11 | 2989 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 | 6335 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 | 4070 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.