DPM Blogs

Have You Heard About The Latest Onychomycosis Product That Is ‘80 Percent Effective’?

Warren S. Joseph DPM FIDSA
3/7/11 | 4924 reads | 2 comments
I was recently quoted in a very fair and balanced article on laser treatment of onychomycosis that was published in the Wall Street Journal and written by the newspaper’s Science Reporter Laura Johannes.1 During my interview with Ms. Johannes, I bemoaned the lack of published evidence not only for laser therapy of onychomycosis but for any of the recently promoted treatments, either device or solution. Read More.

What Kind Of Surgeon Are You: Functional Or Structural?

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
3/2/11 | 2986 reads | 3 comments
This is an interesting question and a timely one. This is what separates orthopedic surgeons from many podiatric surgeons but it is a distinction that our profession is close to losing. Recent changes to the CPME 320, the Council on Podiatric Medicine’s “rule book” that governs residency programs, reduced the emphasis on biomechanics and medicine in residency programs. Our new foot and ankle surgeons are becoming more structural and less functional. Are you unfamiliar with the terms? Let me explain. Read More.

Assessing Recent Systematic Reviews On Surgical Treatment For Hallux Rigidus

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
3/1/11 | 3907 reads | 0 comments
I recently read an excellent article in Foot and Ankle International entitled “Evidence-Based Medicine: What Is It And How Should It Be Used?”1 The article begins with a brilliant quote from Spindler and colleagues: Read More.

When Casting And Manipulation Are Not Options For Metatarsus Adductus

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
2/28/11 | 4258 reads | 0 comments
What is the next step when you see a patient with metatarsus adductus who is clearly not a candidate for casting or manipulation? Is the patient not a candidate because of age or activity level? Certainly, it is very difficult to cast a 3- or 4-year-old who is running at full tilt all day and there is a high likelihood that he or she will not respond to casting. Is surgery indicated at this point? Read More.

Balancing Our Hippocratic Oath With Risk Management Concerns In Problematic Patients

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
2/25/11 | 3324 reads | 0 comments
There is no surgeon who would not readily agree there is nothing more important than a great patient outcome. Call it that “karmic euphoric goodie” of receiving thanks — sometimes unspoken but powerfully demonstrated — from patients by seeing them relieved of the condition for which they sought your expertise. Read More.

How The Profession Can Combat The Epidemic of Overweight Children

Russell Volpe DPM
2/22/11 | 3049 reads | 0 comments
The ongoing debate over when it is appropriate to treat a child with asymptomatic pes planovalgus rages on. It will be the topic of what promises to be an interesting and spirited forum at the upcoming Midwest Podiatry Conference in early March. Read More.

Tending The Goalpost Against Diabetic Foot Complications

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
2/18/11 | 2973 reads | 0 comments
I am something of a podcast junkie. I generally listen at night, trying to capture the feeling my mother and father told me about when they curled up next to radio sets as kids. In fact, I have listened to shortwave radio (and later podcasts) ever since my childhood. Read More.

Key Considerations In Treating Lister’s Corn

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
2/15/11 | 25948 reads | 2 comments
I want to dedicate this blog to Perry Horton, DPM, who recently passed away. He was one of my attendings in residency. I have fond memories of Dr. Horton. He had the utmost confidence his Northlake Medical Center residents. Dr. Horton would tell us what he wanted done in surgery and to ask for help if we had any questions or problems. He would generally sit on a stool and tell stories while we performed surgery. He would take an occasional peek in on what we were doing and always knew we would do a great job. Read More.

Questions And Answers On The Suture And Button Technique For Plantar Plate Stabilization

Molly Judge DPM FACFAS
2/10/11 | 4656 reads | 4 comments
I recently presented the suture and button technique as a preliminary report of my personal experience with second metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ) instability and predislocation syndrome (see http://bit.ly/e6mD4d ). This method has been developed for those patients who have failed conservative efforts to stabilize the digit and accommodate the forefoot. This procedure is unique and is not published in the literature to date. Read More.