DPM Blogs

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

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
8/23/10 | 3258 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 | 4182 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 | 5411 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 | 3082 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 | 3360 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 | 3412 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.

When A Patient Pursues Surgery With Another Surgeon

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
8/5/10 | 2903 reads | 1 comments
I received a phone call from a colleague, who was upset because a patient whom he worked up for surgery went somewhere else to have the surgery done. He happened to be in the hospital where he saw his patient’s name on the surgery scheduling board having surgery with another surgeon. Read More.

A Closer Look At Emerging ‘Gadgets’ That May Help Reduce Post-Op Pain And Edema

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
8/3/10 | 4115 reads | 3 comments
I love gadgets. Admittedly, with most of them, I can only achieve about 10 percent functionality after my struggling ascent up the learning curve after purchasing them. However, I do love to buy them. Gadgets are opiates for some. Read More.

Questioning The Evidence Behind The Use Of Silver Dressings

Warren S. Joseph DPM FIDSA
7/30/10 | 3715 reads | 1 comments
A few months ago, Robert Kirsner, MD, PhD, and Stephanie Wu, DPM, invited me to write a chapter on “Antimicrobial Therapy” in their upcoming Wound Healing Society Yearbook. The design of the chapter is a review of a recently published primary study and two or more secondary studies. Read More.