DPM Blogs

Are We Overly Cautious When It Comes To Trying The New Surgical ‘Stuff’?

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
10/18/10 | 2665 reads | 2 comments
During residency, I was exposed to a lot of newer techniques and technology. Well, they were new back then. It was an exciting time. Not only was I learning the art of foot and ankle surgery, some of my attendings were really on the cutting edge and did not shy away from trying the latest techniques and the newest “toys” so to speak. Read More.

Ceftaroline: A New Agent For cSSSIs?

Warren S. Joseph DPM FIDSA
10/12/10 | 4051 reads | 0 comments
For a number of years, many felt that ceftobiprole would be the first of the new so-called “fifth-generation” of anti-methicillin Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) cephalosporins. This drug, a joint venture by the Swiss company Basilea Pharmaceutica and Johnson & Johnson, had come under some fire from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and now looks like it has pretty much been abandoned, at least here in the United States. Read More.

Evolution Of A Jones Fracture

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
10/12/10 | 7695 reads | 5 comments
In an earlier blog (http://tinyurl.com/285eurj ), I discussed the common lateral foot and ankle pain syndromes in the foot. I recently stumbled on a great case, which is applicable to that theme. Stress fractures are common in the foot and they most often affect the metatarsal bones. The distal second metatarsal neck is the most common site of a stress fracture in the foot. Stress fractures of the third or fourth metatarsals are less frequent. I think we can all agree that stress fractures of the first and fifth metatarsal bones are relatively rare. Read More.

Reconsidering Foreign Advances In Minimally Invasive Surgery

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
10/8/10 | 4719 reads | 3 comments
I recently returned from nearly three weeks of travel, study and surgical observation in Europe. The trip began with an opportunity to participate in the European Foot and Ankle Society Biennial Congress in Geneva, Switzerland. This was followed by additional meetings in Austria to visit with orthopedic surgeons and three days of surgery in Barcelona, Spain. Read More.

What Is Our Best Defense On Biopsy Timing For Potential Melanomas?

Bryan Markinson DPM FASPD
10/7/10 | 2795 reads | 2 comments
This blog is intended as a preview to a project I would like to develop regarding the defense of allegations of delayed diagnosis of melanoma and, more importantly, the argument that any delay results in a worse prognosis. All of us have been taught, and I certainly have been teaching, that early diagnosis of melanoma, especially when confined to its in-situ stage, dramatically increases the chance of a cure. Read More.

What You Should Know About Rock Climbing Shoes

Jenny L Sanders DPM
10/1/10 | 8130 reads | 0 comments
The sport of rock climbing has become increasingly popular, especially with the availability of indoor climbing walls. With this increase in popularity, however, there has been a proportional increase in forefoot pain and pathology due to the shoes rock climbers are wearing. Rock climbing shoes are designed to fit snugly, which is where the problem arises. Read More.

Advances In Ambulation Monitoring May Benefit Patients With Diabetes

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
9/29/10 | 3205 reads | 0 comments
Researchers in the University of Arizona Department of Surgery have received a $1.2 million grant to use cutting-edge technology in the form of a simple computerized undershirt to monitor activity in patients with diabetic foot wounds. The study, funded by the Qatar National Research Fund, will determine the role activity plays in the formation of sores to better understand how to prevent wounds from occurring. Read More.

What Is The Best Surgery For Hallux Rigidus?

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
9/27/10 | 11362 reads | 2 comments
One of the most common reasons patients present to my office for a second opinion about a proposed treatment from another practitioner is an inquiry about treatment options for hallux rigidus. Read More.

Was This Bunion Case Malpractice? You Be The Judge

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS
9/24/10 | 4672 reads | 5 comments
The radiograph at the top of this page is the postoperative X-ray of a patient who underwent a Lapidus procedure for the correction of a bunion. The patient went on to develop a symptomatic nonunion, which required eventual bone grafting and revision. Although the procedure was radiographically and clinically successful, the patient continued to have some persistent symptomatology and sued the podiatric physician who initially treated him. Read More.