DPM Blogs

Was This Bunion Case Malpractice? You Be The Judge

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS
9/24/10 | 4751 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.

Doing Our Part To Promote Podiatric Medicine As A Dynamic Career Option

Russell Volpe DPM
9/24/10 | 2482 reads | 0 comments
This month, as the members of the class of 2014 begin their education at medical schools, it seems like a good time to reflect on where the future podiatric medical student will come from. More importantly, what can we do as podiatrists to help ensure that our future colleagues include the best and the brightest our profession deserves? Read More.

Why Having One Certification Board Makes Sense

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
9/22/10 | 29459 reads | 1 comments
I really enjoy reading. I read as much as I can get my hands on. For pleasure reading, I tend to favor political thrillers or any type of grab you by the throat type stories that get my attention from the get-go. Read More.

A Practical Approach To Morton’s Neuroma

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
9/20/10 | 6041 reads | 2 comments
I like things that are practical, things that I can take back to my practice and start using right away. I think Morton’s neuromas are underdiagnosed and therefore undertreated. The typical complaint of burning or numbness in the ball of the foot is a relatively easy diagnosis, but neuromas can also cause referred pain. Read More.

How The ACFAOM Lectures Cured A Phobia Of Biomechanics

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
9/15/10 | 3426 reads | 4 comments
Do you have a biomechanics phobia? Many of us do and until recently I did not know there was a cure. I attended an elegant little meeting last month in Florida that surprised me. I intended to take home ready-to-use ideas about wound care especially and I did. Surprisingly though, I ended up attending most of the biomechanics sessions and bragging to friends about everything that I had learned. You see, I am no biomechanical guru. In fact, it is quite the opposite. The subject usually gives me psychological hives although I have long advocated the importance of biomechanics. Read More.

Overcoming Podiatric Dogma On Neuromas And Peripheral Nerve Surgery

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
9/13/10 | 41458 reads | 1 comments
Unfortunately, there is still a widespread reluctance to accept the undeniable truth that a “Morton’s neuroma” is nothing more than a peripheral nerve entrapment. However, I think there is more of a universal acceptance that when you cut out a Morton’s entrapment, the patient will end up with a recurrent Morton’s neuroma.1,2 Read More.

How A New Study Shows That Not All Vancomycin Is Created Equal

Warren S. Joseph DPM FIDSA
9/10/10 | 3629 reads | 0 comments
It is a rare study I read that literally makes me want to stop everything else I am doing and write a blog post about it. On a recent dreary, gray Sunday morning, I was just catching up on some backlogged journal reading when I picked up the August 2010 issue of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. I came across a paper out of the University of Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia by Vesga and colleagues entitled “Generic vancomycin products fail in vivo despite being pharmaceutical equivalents of the innovator.”1 (See http://aac.asm.org/cgi/content/abstract/54/8/3271 .) Read More.

Key Considerations When Recommending Elective Foot Surgery

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
9/3/10 | 3664 reads | 3 comments
The decision to recommend foot and ankle surgery is not always straightforward. Unless the clinical condition is a serious fracture, abscess or dislocation, we have to rely on other criteria. Unfortunately, the criteria that we rely on are mostly anecdotal. For example, we all learn somewhere in our training that we should consider surgery for plantar fasciitis after six months of active treatment, which usually includes a series of cortisone injections, physical therapy, orthotics and possibly an immobilization period. Do you always adhere to this treatment protocol dogma? Read More.

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

Jenny L Sanders DPM
9/1/10 | 17130 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.