DPM Blogs

Rising Incidence Of PAD Should Spur Greater Diagnostic Vigilance And Multidisciplinary Cooperation

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
10/26/10 | 3223 reads | 0 comments
Evidence continues to mount that the incidence of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a devastating complication of diabetes. In the United States, PAD afflicts 2 million to 3.7 million people with diabetic foot ulcers (DFU), according to an analysis published by the Sage Group.1 The group adds that approximately 1 million patients with DFUs suffer from critical limb ischemia. Read More.

Can We Achieve The ‘Equality’ In Surgery That We Have Achieved In Wound Care And Diabetic Limb Salvage?

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS
10/21/10 | 3531 reads | 3 comments
In the last several months, I have had the opportunity to attend four major wound care conferences. Standing in the back of the room at the Diabetic Limb Salvage conference, world famous researchers and academicians Peter Sheehan, MD, and Andrew Boulton, MD, commented to me how wonderful this meeting and others such as the American Professional Wound Care Association (APWCA) meeting had become in educating medical professionals on limb salvage. Read More.

Orthoses And Basketball Players: What I Have Learned Over The Past 15 Years

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
10/20/10 | 8858 reads | 0 comments
Basketball season has begun and for many podiatric physicians across the country, this will mean players of all ages and skill levels coming in for acute post-injury treatment and preventative care. Read More.

Are We Overly Cautious When It Comes To Trying The New Surgical ‘Stuff’?

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
10/18/10 | 2576 reads | 2 comments
During residency, I was exposed to a lot of newer techniques and technology. Well, they were new back then. It was an exciting time. Not only was I learning the art of foot and ankle surgery, some of my attendings were really on the cutting edge and did not shy away from trying the latest techniques and the newest “toys” so to speak. Read More.

Ceftaroline: A New Agent For cSSSIs?

Warren S. Joseph DPM FIDSA
10/12/10 | 3941 reads | 0 comments
For a number of years, many felt that ceftobiprole would be the first of the new so-called “fifth-generation” of anti-methicillin Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) cephalosporins. This drug, a joint venture by the Swiss company Basilea Pharmaceutica and Johnson & Johnson, had come under some fire from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and now looks like it has pretty much been abandoned, at least here in the United States. Read More.

Evolution Of A Jones Fracture

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
10/12/10 | 7071 reads | 5 comments
In an earlier blog (http://tinyurl.com/285eurj ), I discussed the common lateral foot and ankle pain syndromes in the foot. I recently stumbled on a great case, which is applicable to that theme. Stress fractures are common in the foot and they most often affect the metatarsal bones. The distal second metatarsal neck is the most common site of a stress fracture in the foot. Stress fractures of the third or fourth metatarsals are less frequent. I think we can all agree that stress fractures of the first and fifth metatarsal bones are relatively rare. Read More.

Reconsidering Foreign Advances In Minimally Invasive Surgery

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
10/8/10 | 4433 reads | 3 comments
I recently returned from nearly three weeks of travel, study and surgical observation in Europe. The trip began with an opportunity to participate in the European Foot and Ankle Society Biennial Congress in Geneva, Switzerland. This was followed by additional meetings in Austria to visit with orthopedic surgeons and three days of surgery in Barcelona, Spain. Read More.

What Is Our Best Defense On Biopsy Timing For Potential Melanomas?

Bryan Markinson DPM FASPD
10/7/10 | 2694 reads | 2 comments
This blog is intended as a preview to a project I would like to develop regarding the defense of allegations of delayed diagnosis of melanoma and, more importantly, the argument that any delay results in a worse prognosis. All of us have been taught, and I certainly have been teaching, that early diagnosis of melanoma, especially when confined to its in-situ stage, dramatically increases the chance of a cure. Read More.

What You Should Know About Rock Climbing Shoes

Jenny L Sanders DPM
10/1/10 | 7811 reads | 0 comments
The sport of rock climbing has become increasingly popular, especially with the availability of indoor climbing walls. With this increase in popularity, however, there has been a proportional increase in forefoot pain and pathology due to the shoes rock climbers are wearing. Rock climbing shoes are designed to fit snugly, which is where the problem arises. Read More.