DPM Blogs

Why It Pays To Ask Runners About Recent Shoe Changes

Jenny L Sanders DPM
6/29/10 | 2734 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 | 4073 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 | 2687 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.

Why Treating Equinus Is The Key To Treating Pediatric Flatfoot

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
6/22/10 | 4544 reads | 0 comments
Pediatric flatfoot is a controversial topic on many levels. The decisions on when, how and if treatment is warranted are very much debatable. I have treated several children with pediatric flatfoot and I have learned a lot over the past 20 years from this experience. I would like to share some practical insights that will hopefully facilitate better outcomes if you currently treat or decide to treat this patient group. Read More.

Can A Preflight Checklist Facilitate Smoother Surgeries And Better Outcomes?

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
6/16/10 | 2351 reads | 2 comments
As I was cruising to my office one morning at 9,500 feet above sea level, overflying the spectacular red rocks of Sedona, Ariz., an epiphany occurred for this month’s blog. The air was glassy smooth, virtually no traffic was on the radios and my usually quirky autopilot was functioning to perfection. This gave me time to reflect on my surgeries from the previous day. Read More.

Mastering The Ilizarov Technique Of Callus Distraction In Pediatric Cases

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
6/14/10 | 3307 reads | 0 comments
Over the last several blogs, I have been reviewing the use of external fixation for pediatric foot and ankle surgery. I discussed using this technique for non-elective cases such as fracture management. Last month I talked about elective application, more specifically for the use of lateral column lengthening and for brachymetatarsia. Both of these procedures use the Ilizarov technique of callus distraction and that will be the focus of this month’s blog. Read More.

Understanding The Impact Of Shoe Insoles And Midsoles

Jenny L Sanders DPM
6/11/10 | 4575 reads | 0 comments
Last month, I blogged about the shoe upper (see www.podiatrytoday.com/blogged/assessing-and-understanding-the-impact-of-...). This month, I will round out the discussion by examining the lower half of the shoe. Insole. The insole is the foundation of the shoe. In running shoes, it is the part of the shoe upon which the sock liner rests and is commonly referred to as the last. The softer the insole, the less torsional stability the shoe will have. The firmer the insole, the more structure and stability a shoe will have. Read More.

Why Metatarsalgia May Not Be What It Seems

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
6/9/10 | 41725 reads | 2 comments
I want to dedicate this blog to facilitate a better understanding of metatarsalgia. If you think of the top 10 problems that you see on a daily basis, “ball pain” is probably somewhere on that list. So when you walk into the treatment room with a new patient and your medical assistant says the patient is complaining of pain in the ball of the foot, what are you thinking? Maybe it is simply a dermatological problem such as a callus or wart. Maybe it is a Morton’s neuroma or a metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ) problem such as capsulitis/bursitis. Read More.

Flip-Flops Versus Sandals: Does It Make A Difference For Patients With Diabetes?

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
6/8/10 | 4004 reads | 1 comments
Your patients cannot open a newspaper or magazine without reading about the dangers of wearing flip-flops. With summer upon us, the lure of “open air” shoe gear is appealing to many. Of course, as podiatric physicians, we also emphasize the dangers of these shoes, especially for our patients with diabetes who are at risk for road debris and foreign objects to be swept up under their feet between the surface of the sandal and the soles of their feet. Read More.