DPM Blogs

Surveying The Literature To Find An Absolute Definition Of Equinus

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
7/22/11 | 4130 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 | 5558 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 | 4096 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 | 4181 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 | 3491 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 | 4221 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.

What Is The Most Effective Treatment For Mucoid Cysts?

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
6/30/11 | 32719 reads | 0 comments
I am sure you have had your fair share of frustration with mucoid cysts in the past. We have all tried office-based treatments. Unfortunately, excision, cauterization, steroid injections and the like just do not work. It is unsettling for both you and your patient when the patient returns due to recurrence of the cyst. Read More.

Rethinking Warm-Up Exercises For The Lower Extremity For Patients With Active Lifestyles

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
6/28/11 | 4157 reads | 0 comments
Recently, I attended a seminar called “Feet: Our Dynamic Base” given by Eric Franklin, a dancer and movement educator. He elegantly described the biomechanics of the foot and ankle to an audience mostly consisting of Pilates instructors, dancers and laypeople. Those who know me well are familiar with my background as a trained dancer who ultimately became a Latin ballroom dancer, which greatly fueled my interest in podiatric medicine. It was logical to me as a dancer to pursue a field of medicine that I could truly relate to. Read More.

Should Cigarettes Include A Graphic Warning Label Highlighting Smoking-Related Foot Amputations?

6/24/11 | 4498 reads | 1 comments
This week the Food and Drug Administration released nine graphic warning labels to appear on cigarette packs.1 This is a strong message to deter people from smoking by illustrating a variety of related health hazards. The nine warnings did not include any imagery indicating that smoking can lead to foot and lower limb amputations. Podiatrists, vascular surgeons and orthopedists know that smoking can lead to several serious problems in the lower extremity. Some of these problems include wound healing difficulties, gangrene, non-unions and amputations. Read More.