DPM Blogs

Wrestling With The Limitations Of Medicaid Programs

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
12/31/10 | 4429 reads | 2 comments
Medicaid programs have become increasingly difficult to participate in as a podiatric physician in almost every state. The same is true here in Indiana. There are very few podiatrists providing care for Medicaid patients in Indiana. I have debated this problem for my own practice over the past several years. I had made a decision to stop seeing Medicaid patients but I have had to reconsider my decision regarding this. This led me to wonder what others feel about their state programs and if they participate in them. Read More.

What You Should Know About Casting For Metatarsus Adductus In Pediatric Patients

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
12/29/10 | 5166 reads | 1 comments
In last month’s blog (see http://www.podiatrytoday.com/blogged/current-insights-detecting-metatars... ), I discussed the identification of metatarsus adductus in the pediatric patient. Early identification and intervention is crucial in preventing the potential long-term sequela of a debilitating foot deformity. Ideally, identifying this condition pre-ambulation would help in establishing a treatment protocol which the patient would best respond to and, more importantly, help him or her to develop normally. Read More.

Appreciating The Mentors Who Molded Our Careers

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
12/28/10 | 4603 reads | 0 comments
If you look up the definition of “mentor,” you will find several definitions. Generally, it means a “wise and trusted teacher or counselor.” Finding the right mentor can not only have a great influence on your surgical skills, it may significantly redefine your approach to patient care. Read More.

What We Can Learn From International Practices Of Podiatry

Russell Volpe DPM
12/23/10 | 3560 reads | 1 comments
It is easy for practitioners in the United States to think that podiatric medicine is primarily an American profession. It would be provincial and wrong to think that. Countries all over the world have branches of the profession of podiatry and it can be fascinating to take a look at how other healthcare systems far and wide deliver foot care. Read More.

How To Solve The Dilemma Of The Jumbo Bunion

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
12/16/10 | 10475 reads | 8 comments
When it comes to surgical treatment of very large bunion deformities, I think we all scratch our heads a little and have to ponder what to do. For the average run-of-the-mill deformity, it is pretty much a slam dunk. You do whatever you are comfortable with such as an Austin bunionectomy, Scarf bunionectomy, distal-L osteotomy, etc. Read More.

Testing Your Knowledge On Antibiotic Prophylaxis: What Would You Do In These Cases?

Warren S. Joseph DPM FIDSA
12/13/10 | 4739 reads | 7 comments
With this blog entry, I am going to try something a bit different. I know that there is a good readership of my posts but, to date, I have been somewhat disappointed in the number of comments and interactions I have received from you, the readers. The whole idea of this blog is to be interactive. I want to hear others’ thoughts and ideas. Read More.

What Are The Best Athletic Shoes For Patients With Wide Feet?

Jenny L Sanders DPM
12/8/10 | 8531 reads | 1 comments
I previously blogged about my favorite running shoes for narrow feet (http://bit.ly/9L6jHP ). This month’s blog is about running shoes for wide feet. Wide widths for men are 2E and 4E, and wide widths for women are D and 2E. Brooks is my favorite manufacturer in the wide width category. For men, I prefer Brooks Beast®. For women, I prefer Brooks Ariel®. Both styles have firm heel counters and firm medial ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) for maximum pronation control. They will also accommodate an ankle foot orthotic (AFO) as well as a wide or medial flange orthotic. Read More.

How To Enhance Your Knowledge In Podiatric Sports Medicine

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
12/6/10 | 4323 reads | 0 comments
Treating athletic patients can be the most satisfying part of podiatric practice. While people who sustain injury from sports or fitness activities may randomly seek the care of a podiatric physician, few practitioners actively seek referral of these types of patients. Read More.

Different Perspectives On Debridement And Wound Flora Identification

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
12/1/10 | 3742 reads | 0 comments
Looking at medical disciplines outside of podiatry may give us new perspectives in our approach to wound care. I was having a chat recently in New York with Marjana Tomic-Canic, PhD, a Professor in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Miami. It triggered an idea that we'd discussed some years ago but I think it rather apropos now. Read More.