DPM Blogs

What The Evidence Reveals About Prophylactic Ankle Bracing

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
8/19/10 | 5631 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 | 3143 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 | 3424 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 | 3476 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 | 2967 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 | 4226 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 | 3774 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.

Thanks For Playing Orthopedics

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS
7/28/10 | 5123 reads | 4 comments
Increasingly, podiatric physicians are being employed by orthopedic surgery groups to provide varying levels of care for foot and ankle surgery. The degree of acceptance for podiatric physician care by such groups is somewhat variable. However, it would seem that overall the competency of podiatrists as physicians and surgeons has been increasingly accepted. Read More.

Does Stress During Walking Occur During Foot ‘Takeoff’ And ‘Landing’ Rather Than ‘Midflight’?

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
7/27/10 | 2469 reads | 1 comments
At this year's American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) meeting in Seattle, Bijan Najafi, PhD, presented some very compelling data that may force us to rethink what we know about repetitive stress in walking. For many years, we have posited that plantar pressure x cycles of stress = ulcer. More recently, this has been refined to theoretically include shear stress along with normal stress. This begs the question: where does damage occur? Read More.