DPM Blogs

What You Missed At The Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons (AENS) Meeting

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
11/19/10 | 3689 reads | 0 comments
I recently had a great dinner in Fort Worth, Texas with 20 individuals, most of whom hold an extreme passion for lower extremity peripheral nerve surgery. There were also a few whose “seed for nerve passion” was just planted. It is always great to have a mix of weathered peripheral nerve veterans with excited neophytes because they ask fresh questions. Read More.

Current Insights In Detecting Metatarsus Adductus

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
11/15/10 | 4087 reads | 1 comments
Metatarsus adductus is a subject of wide discussion, even for those who do not see many pediatric patients. The reality is that metatarsus adductus can cause devastating long-term sequelae if one does not identify and treat it correctly.   Early detection is also something that seems to be lacking in the pediatric population as children are not very good historians when it comes to complaints of pain and rarely will notice that they have a deformity unless it impedes them from doing what they want to do.   Read More.

Looking Beyond The Patient’s Chief Complaint

Russell Volpe DPM
11/11/10 | 3203 reads | 0 comments
One of the things I learned early on in my career from my teachers and mentors in podiatric medicine is the importance of looking beyond the chief complaint when evaluating a patient’s feet. Read More.

Secrets To Navigating Hammertoe Surgery On The Fifth Toe

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
11/9/10 | 10569 reads | 3 comments
This blog is dedicated to the ultimate podiatry oxymoron: a simple hammertoe surgery of the fifth toe. When it comes to foot surgery, we all got our start working on toes. In school, we all learned the three etiologies of hammertoes: extensor substitution, flexor substitution and flexor stabilization. Based on those theories, we learned a surgical algorithm. Once we got into residency, we learned that nobody really used the "textbook" for making a decision on what to do surgically. Read More.

Will The FDA-Approved Ceftaroline Be Promoted To Podiatry?

Warren S. Joseph DPM FIDSA
11/8/10 | 3977 reads | 0 comments
As I expected and predicted in my previous blog, the FDA did not waste much time approving ceftaroline (Teflaro, Forest Laboratories) for complicated skin and skin structure infections (cSSSI). (See http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm231594.htm ). Read More.

Why A Sports Medicine Practice Is A Golden Opportunity

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
11/5/10 | 3535 reads | 1 comments
Every day, I access a popular podiatric list serve and read numerous submissions from my colleagues who lament about their declining enthusiasm to continue practicing podiatric medicine. Many feel “helpless” as third party payors make regular cuts in reimbursement for services rendered. Others complain about the lack of ”parity” in training, scope of practice and acceptance in the community of podiatric physicians in comparison with our MD counterparts. Read More.

Recognizing And Treating Nail Trauma Caused By Ill-Fitting Shoes

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
11/3/10 | 6298 reads | 1 comments
When I think of Lady Gaga, besides the mental image of the “meat dress” and the like, I can’t help but ponder those incredible, unwearable feats of fashion engineering known as the “Armadillo” shoes by the late, great Alexander McQueen (see http://www.vogue.co.uk/blogs/the-vogue-blog/articles/091026-alexander-mc... ). Read More.

Online Shoe Shopping: Can It Be Beneficial For Patients?

Jenny L Sanders DPM
11/2/10 | 4189 reads | 0 comments
For many patients, online shoe shopping can be easier than going to a retail store. Two of my favorite sites are www.zappos.com and www.endless.com. I especially like these sites because they offer free shipping both ways, deliver the shoes within two days to one week and credit card reimbursements are easy and painless. Read More.

Can Practicing EBM Help Protect You From Malpractice Claims?

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
10/29/10 | 2847 reads | 2 comments
When a DPM is facing a jury preparing to decide his or her fate in a malpractice trial, the podiatrist would probably have paid a lot more attention to evidence-based medicine (EBM) protocols if the DPM had realized that the outcome of the trial would have depended on whether he or she had used EBM. Read More.