DPM Blogs

Emphasizing The Importance Of Radiographs In Choosing A Bunion Procedure

Molly Judge DPM FACFAS
5/25/10 | 5852 reads | 2 comments
I have enclosed the radiographs (see above) that are associated with the case I presented in last month’s blog (http://www.podiatrytoday.com/blogged/can-you-select-a-bunion-procedure-b...). How does this change your procedure selection and are there any further tests you would order? Read More.

Are The New Rocker Sole Sneakers Worth The Hype?

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
5/24/10 | 23583 reads | 2 comments
If you are like me, you have had patients and nurses ask you about Shape Up shoes (Skechers). My first impression of these shoes was negative since Masai Barefoot Technologies (MBT, Masai Group International) shoes came out. My experience with a rocker sole shoe was singular for my postoperative ankle fusion patients. With increasing numbers of patients asking me about these shoes or wearing them, I thought I would do a little research on them to either confirm my judgment or change it. Read More.

A Closer Look At ‘Elective’ Ex-Fix For Pediatric Patients

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
5/19/10 | 2982 reads | 0 comments
In the last blog, I discussed the use of external fixation for pediatric trauma. Now let us look at more “elective” applications of ex-fix in the pediatric population. The most common use of mini-rail type systems in the pediatric population is most likely for the lengthening of metatarsals for patients with painful brachymetatarsia. Another less common (if not more effective) application is for lateral column lengthening in severe pes valgo planus feet with lateral deviations at the calcaneocuboid joint. Read More.

Proposing A Mathematical Equation For Surgical Outcomes

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
5/19/10 | 2898 reads | 1 comments
I recently read a great book called Super Crunchers, which illustrates the power of information technology. The book was written by Ian Ayres, an econometrician and professor at Yale Law School. He notes that from the analysis of huge amounts of data, really cool stuff can happen. One can make predictions that outperform the knowledge of “experts.” These predictions range from what is going to be a great Bordeaux red to what Hollywood films are going to break the box office records. Read More.

Are Runners Better Off Than They Were 30 Years Ago?

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
5/17/10 | 3057 reads | 1 comments
In the book Born to Run, Christopher McDougall makes the observation that running injuries have not reduced in frequency over the past 30 years despite the perceived technical advances in athletic footwear over this same period of time. He suggests that runners have been ripped off by the hype and false claims made by running shoe manufacturers. While this assertion is partly true (overall running injury rates have not changed much in 30 years), the assumption that footwear has not improved the life of the runner is false. Read More.

Assessing And Understanding The Impact Of The Shoe Upper

Jenny L Sanders DPM
5/13/10 | 3478 reads | 0 comments
Having a better understanding of the anatomy of a shoe can be helpful in advising patients on shoewear, particularly when there is foot deformity or irritation from shoes. With this in mind, let us take a closer look at the upper of a shoe. Read More.

Spreading The Word About The Value Of Podopediatrics

Russell Volpe DPM
5/12/10 | 3398 reads | 0 comments
As podiatrists, we tend to think of ourselves as generalists who treat all kinds of foot ailments. We also tend to think of ourselves as specialists who have dedicated and focused expertise in the diseases of the foot. Read More.

Why You Should Not Write Off The Opening Base Wedge Osteotomy

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
5/7/10 | 8157 reads | 2 comments
When it comes to bunion surgery, we all have our “favorite” technique. Not only do we have a comfort level with the technique, we feel we can use this technique or simple modifications thereof to fix most bunion deformities. In this blog, I want to remind you of an old procedure that has become revitalized recently. Read More.

Is Cheilectomy An Option For End-Stage Hallux Rigidus?

Neal Blitz DPM FACFAS
5/4/10 | 11599 reads | 1 comments
Foot surgeons are well aware of the various surgical procedures that address the various stages of degeneration of the big toe joint. As the severity of arthritis becomes more involved, so do the surgical interventions. Read More.