DPM Blogs

Balancing Our Hippocratic Oath With Risk Management Concerns In Problematic Patients

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
2/25/11 | 3341 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 | 3068 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 | 2988 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 | 26351 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 | 4683 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.

Educating Patients On Excessive Wear Of Skechers Shape-Ups

Jenny L Sanders DPM
2/9/11 | 8469 reads | 2 comments
Another patient came in today with hip pain, heel pain and metatarsalgia secondary to excessively worn Skechers Shape-Ups. These shoes are everywhere (podiatry conferences included) and many patients have jumped on this “lose weight and tone while you walk” bandwagon. Read More.

Arthroscopic Monopolar Radiofrequency Thermal Stabilization: Can It Have An Impact For Chronic Lateral Ankle Instability?

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
2/8/11 | 4114 reads | 3 comments
One component of my residency training was extensive arthroscopy training by one of the leaders in podiatric arthroscopy, Richard Lundeen, DPM. He was an innovator in this field and I learned much from him. Read More.

Raising Concerns About the Vancomycin Dosing Recommendations In The IDSA MRSA Guidelines

Warren S. Joseph DPM FIDSA
2/3/11 | 5891 reads | 0 comments
For part three of this posting on the new Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) guidelines, I would like to comment on some of the executive summary points made about vancomycin dosing recommendations. I will use a similar format as before with posting the actual text and then adding my comments in italics. Read More.

Key Insights On Diagnosing And Treating Cold Injuries To The Lower Extremity

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
2/2/11 | 3441 reads | 1 comments
This winter has so far been particularly harsh to the Northeast and to the rest of the United States as even Las Vegas got snow recently. Accordingly, I thought it would be fitting to review the most common cold weather injuries that manifest on the lower extremities. As I call it, this is a cursory list of things that make toes blue. Read More.