DPM Blogs

Why Refining Our Podiatric Skills Is A Lifelong Process

Bryan Markinson DPM FASPD
5/13/11 | 3437 reads | 0 comments
“Not perfection as a final goal but the ever enduring process of perfecting, maturing, refining is the aim of living.” — John Dewey For the past several years, I have traveled all over the country for the predominant purpose of sharing with colleagues the essentials of podiatric dermatology, incorporating dermatology into your practice, the how and why of biopsy procedures, and risk management associated with what is for many a new dimension of practice. This has been in the form of straight lectures as well as “hands-on” pig feet workshops. Read More.

Raising Questions On Training And Double Standards For Hospital Privileges

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
5/11/11 | 3007 reads | 3 comments
The controversy rages on. Patrick DeHeer, DPM, reminded us of this in his recent blog, “An Open Letter To Foot And Ankle Orthopedic Surgeons,” in which he discusses how we need to take charge of the constant uphill battle we are faced with when dealing with our orthopedic colleagues (see http://bit.ly/eaTMrN ). Even though we have made great strides in our exposure and training, there are still questions as to our expertise.   Read More.

Harnessing The Potential Of The Instep Plantar Fasciotomy

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
5/6/11 | 6757 reads | 2 comments
Day in and day out, there is one thing we can count on when we go to the office: we will be treating a patient with plantar fasciitis. Some days it seems like I treat plantar fasciitis all day long. Read More.

Exploring The Potential Of Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
5/4/11 | 5921 reads | 0 comments
Over the last couple of decades, I am sure that every time I have had the honor to teach or lecture at a symposium, I have always received much more knowledge, skills, insight or motivation than I have ever imparted. This was the case two weeks ago, when I had the honor of speaking and participating in live cases in Seoul, South Korea at the International Stem Cell Conference. More than 500 surgeons from South Korea attended; most were either plastic or orthopedic surgeons. Read More.

What You Should Know About Flex Grooves And Forefoot Pain

Jenny L Sanders DPM
5/2/11 | 5181 reads | 1 comments
Horizontal grooves in the forefoot of running shoe midsoles are called flex grooves. As the name implies, flex grooves are designed to promote forefoot flexion across the metatarsophalangeal joints (MPJs). In many cases of forefoot pain, however, this is exactly where you don’t want the shoe to bend. You actually want the shoe to be as inflexible as possible in this area when patients have hallux limitus, sesamoiditis and lesser MPJ capsulitis or predislocation syndrome. Read More.

Building A Better ‘Mousetrap’ For NPWT

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
4/28/11 | 3542 reads | 1 comments
The proof that a perfect solution has been achieved is when you don’t see a lot of other products on the market for a particular problem: it’s called building the better mousetrap. It seemed like KCI’s Vacuum Assisted Closure therapy (VAC® therapy) was just that for more than a decade. I had been a believer for multiple reasons as a wound care provider and unfortunately as a patient with a large abdominal wound. How often on the foot do we see wounds of the size and depth of an abdominal wound? Never. Read More.

Questions And Answers On The Pros And Cons Of Corticosteroid Injections

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
4/27/11 | 3644 reads | 0 comments
My previous blog, “Do You Inject The Plantar Fascia On The First Visit For Plantar Heel Pain?” prompted a higher than average number of reads and some interesting comments from my colleagues (see http://www.podiatrytoday.com/blogged/do-you-inject-plantar-fascia-first-... ). I want to add a few more insights and hope to get some more feedback on this controversial issue. Read More.

Is Conservative Care Mandatory Prior To Bunion Surgery?

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS
4/21/11 | 7278 reads | 13 comments
A recent Cochrane Review concluded there is no evidence that non-operative management of bunion deformity, including the use of orthotics, is in any way superior to no treatment at all.1 In fact, the studies reviewed by the Cochrane database suggested that one year following initial evaluation for a bunion deformity, more people are pleased with the results of surgery than with orthotic or other non-operative management. Read More.

Do Patients Really Need Four To Six Weeks Of IV Antibiotics For Osteomyelitis?

Warren S. Joseph DPM FIDSA
4/20/11 | 3991 reads | 0 comments
I have blogged a number of times about the questions surrounding some of the unknown, unproven issues surrounding the treatment of osteomyelitis, including the duration of antibiotic therapy and the “need” for surgical debridement. It continues to amaze me how — it does not matter where or to whom I lecture — if I ask the question, “How long do you need to treat osteomyelitis and via what route?” the answer is always the same “four to six weeks of IV therapy.” This comes despite a total lack of human evidence to support that position. Read More.