DPM Blogs

Exploring The Potential Of Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
5/4/11 | 6199 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 | 5341 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 | 3671 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 | 3750 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 | 7488 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 | 4135 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.

Key Insights On Treating Marine-Related Injuries To The Lower Extremity

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
4/19/11 | 3234 reads | 0 comments
Trout season has just begun in Pennsylvania and it made me wax poetic for the Goldfarb Foundation’s Montana conference, which combines fly fishing and continuing education lectures. During this past year’s conference in Missoula, Mt., I caught a lovely 20-inch brown trout and I got hooked on a new sport (pun intended). Read More.

Emphasizing Proper Shoe Fit And Better Shoe Choices For Children

Russell Volpe DPM
4/14/11 | 3325 reads | 1 comments
One of the most common questions I get from parents is, “What is the right shoe for my child?” I have different answers to this question based upon the age of the child and the activity for which the child will be using the shoe. Read More.

How Mini-Rail Fixators Can Be Beneficial For Jones Fractures

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
4/12/11 | 11035 reads | 3 comments
A Jones fracture is a fracture of the metaphyseal-diaphyseal junction of the fifth metatarsal base. Fractures in this area are known to have difficulty healing due to the tenuous blood supply to this area. To that end, one may treat these fractures with strict non-weightbearing for a minimum of six weeks or explore surgical options. Read More.