DPM Blogs

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

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
9/7/11 | 3542 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 | 15157 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 | 15995 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 | 4474 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 | 3433 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.

Is A New Brace The Answer For Equinus?

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
8/24/11 | 5667 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 | 3133 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 | 4611 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.