DPM Blogs

Appreciating The Mentors Who Molded Our Careers

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
12/28/10 | 4631 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 | 3601 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 | 10622 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 | 4765 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 | 8626 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 | 4372 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 | 3768 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.

What You Should Know About The ‘Lisfranc Fracture Equivalent’

11/30/10 | 5734 reads | 1 comments
I would like to use this blog to introduce a term/condition: the “Lisfranc fracture equivalent.” This new term identifies a patient who has a subtle ligamentous Lisfranc injury that is radiographically aligned within the midfoot keystone. This patient also has the uncommon stigmata of a Lisfranc fracture dislocation, which include: non-first interspace fleck fractures of the tarsometatarsal joints; lesser metatarsal neck fractures (often oblique); and/or a non-displaced cuboid injury/nutcracker fracture. Read More.

Ready To Train Or Ready To Practice? Redefining The Goals And Expectations Of Schools And Residency Programs

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
11/29/10 | 2449 reads | 6 comments
Here we are again. Another period of graduates outmatching the number of training programs until the powers that be gear up and produce more slots. Let “quality” be the key word this time please. Also, residency directors, keep in mind that this is the 21st century and let me introduce a concept: “the handoff.” You may have heard of it but apparently expectations are still mired back in the 1960s and 1970s. I hear it from colleagues around the country all of the time, even on these blogs. Read More.