DPM Blogs

The New Attack Of The Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms

Warren S. Joseph DPM FIDSA
3/30/11 | 4195 reads | 0 comments
I recently returned from the Diabetic Foot Global Conference (DFCon) in Los Angeles. This is always my favorite scientific conference of the year. (I have blogged about it previously http://www.leinfections.com/diabetic-foot/the-olmos-award-and-dfcon-2010/). Read More.

Do You Inject The Plantar Fascia On The First Visit For Plantar Heel Pain?

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
3/29/11 | 8891 reads | 8 comments
Over the past 12 months, I have treated three patients who presented with an acute rupture of the plantar fascia. Two of these patients were serious long-distance runners who experienced a crippling “pop” on the bottom of the foot during a run. The other patient tore his fascia pushing an automobile down the street. All three patients had experienced chronic heel pain for several months prior to their acute injury and none of them had ever received a corticosteroid injection. Read More.

How To Avoid Pitfalls When Correcting A Contralateral Underlapping Toe

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
3/25/11 | 3339 reads | 0 comments
One of my first blogs, over a year ago, discussed treatment of a pediatric underlapping toe (see http://www.podiatrytoday.com/blogged/when-a-child-presents-with-an-under... ). Since then, I have operated on the patient’s contralateral toe and I thought it would be nice to provide a follow-up of how things went for this young patient. Read More.

Tarsal Coalition And Restoration Of Rearfoot Motion: Miracle Or Myth?

Neal Blitz DPM FACFAS
3/23/11 | 3463 reads | 2 comments
It is generally understood that the surgical excision of a tarsal coalition will restore motion to the rearfoot and a painful tarsal coalition is an indication to do surgery. However, what does it really mean to “restore motion”? Once this motion is restored, does this once rigid foot now function as a flexible foot? Read More.

Pertinent Pearls On Treating Insertional Tibialis Posterior Tendinitis

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
3/22/11 | 6659 reads | 2 comments
Insertional tibialis posterior tendinitis is a common cause of medial arch pain in adults. We tend to think about this condition in pediatric patients with a large navicular tuberosity and/or an os tibiale externum associated with a flat foot (Kidner foot type). When you have an adult with navicular tuberosity pain who has a normal X-ray and no os tibiale externum, you probably ask yourself, “Now what I am going to do with that?” Read More.

Working Toward A Better Definition And Treatments For The Charcot Foot

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
3/17/11 | 3407 reads | 0 comments
The American Diabetes Association and the American Podiatric Medical Association recently convened an international task force of experts to make recommendations on the diabetic Charcot foot. The meeting was located in Paris at the famous Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, the institution where Jean-Martin Charcot practiced in the 19th century. Read More.

Why Mishandled Phone Calls Can Sabotage Your Practice

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
3/16/11 | 4615 reads | 0 comments
Do you know what the most important thing in your office? The answer may surprise you. It is not you. It is your phones and how your staff is answering them. Just think about it for a minute. If you have no patients calling in for appointments or patients who do call but are not scheduled, then it does not matter how great of a physician you are. To quote an old famous saying, “You have to put fannies in the seats.” Read More.

Raising Questions About The Technologic Imperative At Podiatry Conferences

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS
3/15/11 | 3100 reads | 3 comments
A recent meta-analysis has suggested that the evidence for the utilization of orthobiologic materials in place of autogenous bone grafting is low level evidence at best.1 There is hardly a podiatric scientific meeting wherein at least one, if not more than one, lecture was devoted to the need for the incorporation of orthobiologics in surgery, even routine surgeries such as osteotomy or arthrodesis in the non-compromised patient. Read More.

Advising Patients On Proper Ski Boot Fit

Jenny L Sanders DPM
3/11/11 | 4186 reads | 0 comments
During ski season, forefoot numbness due to tight fitting boots is a common problem. Due to the hard outer shell, patients find it difficult to determine proper fit. In addition, ski boot shops typically fit boots too snug, which directly contributes to the problem. An easy way to help your patients better understand fit is to have them bring in their ski boot inner liner and footbed. First remove the footbed and have the patient place his or her foot on it. If the patient’s toes extend beyond the footbed, plain and simple, the boot is too short. Read More.