DPM Blogs

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

Jenny L Sanders DPM
9/1/10 | 16528 reads | 1 comments
Podiatrists are familiar with running shoe brands for wide feet with New Balance and Brooks being the most common. What about the narrow foot? Read More.

Representing The Foot In Works Of Art

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
8/26/10 | 5376 reads | 0 comments
When I was visiting the “Late Renoir” exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art recently, I marveled at the paintings and sculptures the artist made late in his career. Of course while I was walking from painting to painting, I studied the shape of the foot and ankle in those artworks and I recalled what someone said to me years ago: “The foot and the hand are the most difficult to draw.” Read More.

Another Reason To Avoid Overuse Of Trimethoprim/ Sulfamethoxazole (TMP/SMX)

Warren S. Joseph DPM FIDSA
8/24/10 | 4614 reads | 0 comments
Those of you who have read my chapter on MRSA in the 3rd Edition of the Handbook of Lower Extremity Infections or listened to me lecture about MRSA know that I am less than happy with what I perceive to be the overuse of trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (TMP/SMX, Bactrim® or Septra®) used empirically against this bug. It seems to be first-line therapy by just about every emergency department, urgent care, primary care physician or anyone else treating skin and skin structure infections. Read More.

Will Tough Fiscal Choices In Arizona Hamper Patient Access To Podiatric Care?

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
8/23/10 | 3260 reads | 1 comments
I was asked by the editorial staff of Podiatry Today to summarize our thoughts regarding recent fiscal rulings to reduce the weight of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) on the state of Arizona’s budget. One of those rulings eliminated all state Medicaid coverage of foot care provided by podiatrists. Read More.

Should Courtrooms Bar ‘Hired Guns’ As Expert Witnesses In Malpractice Cases?

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
8/20/10 | 4196 reads | 0 comments
It is something that most of us dread being part of on either side of the courtroom, but more than likely if you have been in practice for any length of time you have been involved with medical malpractice in one form or another. I have certainly been involved in all aspects of the medical malpractice over my 20 years of practice. Read More.

What The Evidence Reveals About Prophylactic Ankle Bracing

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
8/19/10 | 5433 reads | 1 comments
At last month’s American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) National Meeting in Seattle, I had the privilege of moderating a fascinating session titled “Controversies in Podiatric Sports Medicine,” which attracted a standing room only crowd in one of the main lecture halls. Topics such as “When to Operate on a Jones Fracture” and “Management of Second MTP Pathologies in the Runner” stimulated lively debate amongst the panelists. Read More.

Essential Keys To Patient And Family Education When Using Ex-Fix For Pediatric Patients

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
8/12/10 | 3088 reads | 0 comments
Over the last couple of months, I have been discussing the use of external fixation in pediatric surgery (see http://tinyurl.com/24c3npl ). I have discussed the applications and the basics of the technique. For this month’s blog, I would like to share some pearls and tips from my experience with this technique over the years. Read More.

Cheering On The Champions Of Limb Salvage

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
8/10/10 | 3366 reads | 0 comments
Podiatry Today’s recent poll showed that not all of our colleagues are happy with their career choice (see http://www.podiatrytoday.com/if-you-had-do-it-all-over-again-would-you-s...). Among those are several podiatrists, who are now nearing retirement and were not fortunate enough to have gotten residency programs years ago. They have not been able to practice to the fullest extent of their potential and they feel that they were cheated out of what they could have done. Read More.

Why It Pays To Have Good Contacts At The Running Shoe Store

Jenny L Sanders DPM
8/9/10 | 3420 reads | 3 comments
When it comes to feet, podiatrists know more than anyone, but it’s nearly impossible to stay on top of all the new running shoe styles that are out there. Many of us prescribe orthotics and those orthotics generally are designed to fit into an athletic shoe. For that reason, I think it’s important that podiatrists establish a relationship with a local running shoe store where they can send their patients to be fit properly. Read More.