DPM Blogs

Why The APMA, ACFAS And ASPS Are All Worth Your Time

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
7/16/10 | 2902 reads | 4 comments
I would like to take a break from the ex-fix series this month to discuss something that has recently happened in our state and how it relates to the June 2010 cover story “What Does The Future Hold For Podiatric Surgeons?” (see http://www.podiatrytoday.com/what-does-the-future-hold-for-podiatric-sur...). I would like to preface all this by saying that my opinions are my own. I am not pointing fingers but I hope this stimulates some healthy discussion. Read More.

How Podiatric Associations Are Combating The Dispensing Of ‘Custom’ Orthoses In The Retail Setting

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
7/9/10 | 4881 reads | 2 comments
Last year, I wrote a blog for Podiatry Today entitled: “Why Podiatrists Should Not Fear Custom Foot Orthotics at Costco” (see http://www.podiatrytoday.com/blogged/why-podiatrists-should-not-fear-cus...). Interestingly, this blog has generated over 6,500 reads. Clearly, this topic of dispensing low-cost foot orthoses in a retail setting has great interest among both the professional and lay communities. Read More.

What The Emerging Literature Reveals About Infection Control, Multi-Dose Vials And Surgical Centers

Warren S. Joseph DPM FIDSA
7/7/10 | 3362 reads | 0 comments
I know that this title seems like I am tying in a number of fairly diverse topics but hear me out on this one. I was browsing through USA Today while sitting in an airplane recently and came across a story titled "Safety Breaches at Surgery Centers". That in and of itself was interesting enough to me but upon reading the story, I learned that, “A federal study finds many same day surgery centers — where patients get such things as foot operations (my emphasis added) and pain injections — have serious problems with infection control.” Read More.

Can Doxycycline Have An Impact As An Agent For ‘Wound Chemotherapy’?

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
7/2/10 | 2823 reads | 0 comments
Editor’s note: This blog is co-authored by Nicholas A. Giovinco, DPM, and Julia Bernardini, DPM. Read More.

Are We Giving Away Our Unique Skills In Biomechanics In The CPME 320 Rewrite?

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
7/1/10 | 2523 reads | 3 comments
Almost every surgeon is able to say a patient’s surgery looks good on the table and on the X-ray film. Then there are those podiatric surgeons who are exceptionally skilled. These surgeons have bragging rights six months after the day of surgery. Read More.

How A Solid Routine Can Help You Tackle Any Surgical Situation

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
6/29/10 | 2839 reads | 3 comments
Some people may call me boring. Some may think I am predictable. I call myself disciplined and regimented. To illustrate, my closet is lined with identical pants and dress shirts so I wear the same clothes to work each day. If I have surgery, I wear surgical scrubs. If I am in the office all day, I wear khaki pants and a blue dress shirt. That way, I do not have to make any decisions in the morning as I know exactly what to wear. Read More.

Why It Pays To Ask Runners About Recent Shoe Changes

Jenny L Sanders DPM
6/29/10 | 2722 reads | 0 comments
Running shoe companies typically change their model numbers every year or two. For example, Brooks recently replaced the Addiction™ 8 with the Addiction™ 9. Unfortunately, what running shoe companies and running shoe stores do not tell you is that many times when the model number changes, so does the shoe. This can spell disaster for the athlete as the shoe that had previously been successful starts to cause injuries once the model changes. Read More.

Emphasizing The Importance Of Sunscreen On The Lower Extremity

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
6/23/10 | 4051 reads | 1 comments
It is that time of year when my tan lines begin to show. No, I am not talking about the ones on my shoulders, I am talking about the ones from my Birkenstock® sandals. Even before my whole world became filled with lower extremity dermatology, I have always been emphatic about wearing sunscreen. However, I, too, from time to time have fallen into the majority of people who forget to coat the surfaces of their feet with SPF 15 or higher. Read More.

Why It Pays To Ask Patients, ‘Do You Have Any Questions?’

Russell Volpe DPM
6/22/10 | 2680 reads | 1 comments
I often have to explain complicated medical situations to my patients. I try to schedule my patients to allow enough time for these explanations and the opportunity for some give and take with them. I find patients are often grateful that a doctor has taken time to see they understand why something has happened, what factors have contributed to it and the reasons they find themselves with the symptom, problem or condition. Read More.