DPM Blogs

Weighing The Positives And Negatives Of EMR

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
7/23/10 | 4869 reads | 2 comments
Love them or hate them, electronic medical records (EMR) have become an integral component of today’s medical practice. Have you brought them into your practice? What do you think of them if you have? If you have not, why and what are you waiting for? I have been using EMRs of various types for at least the past six years. Prior to incorporating them into my practice, I used dictation for my charting. There was definitely a learning curve with each system I have used but I have gotten very comfortable with using them in my practice. Read More.

Emphasizing The Value Of Redundancy In Podiatric Surgery

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
7/22/10 | 2361 reads | 1 comments
Redundancy is great in almost every discipline and profession. Perhaps the only time it is probably not good is in the domestic arena. For example, you may be engrossed by the important playoff game on your large flat panel HD screen and your spouse keeps reminding/asking you to do something that you really do not want to do — in fact you can’t — because you are hypnotized. Read More.

Understanding Body Planes: Why It Is Critical In Understanding Patient Pathology And Symptomatic Compensation

Russell Volpe DPM
7/19/10 | 4526 reads | 1 comments
I learned early in my training from my teachers and mentors that understanding body planes in lower extremity biomechanics is a key to getting good results. The influences on the foot from the superstructure in the transverse, frontal and sagittal planes are instrumental in causing compensation in the foot, often leading to symptoms. We often focus on foot pathology in isolation and, in doing so, fail to recognize the major contribution of superstructural influences on foot position and function. Read More.

To Radiograph Or Not To Radiograph A Bunion Deformity: What The Intraoperative Findings Reveal

Molly Judge DPM FACFAS
7/16/10 | 7162 reads | 0 comments
In the discussion of whether or not you really need to use X-rays in bunion surgery, there seem to be more posted comments in my camp (see see http://www.podiatrytoday.com/blogged/emphasizing-the-importance-of-radio... and http://www.podiatrytoday.com/blogged/can-you-select-a-bunion-procedure-b...). I have always considered the radiographic evaluation an important component of both the preparation for and execution of bunion surgery. Read More.

Why The APMA, ACFAS And ASPS Are All Worth Your Time

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
7/16/10 | 3139 reads | 4 comments
I would like to take a break from the ex-fix series this month to discuss something that has recently happened in our state and how it relates to the June 2010 cover story “What Does The Future Hold For Podiatric Surgeons?” (see http://www.podiatrytoday.com/what-does-the-future-hold-for-podiatric-sur...). I would like to preface all this by saying that my opinions are my own. I am not pointing fingers but I hope this stimulates some healthy discussion. Read More.

How Podiatric Associations Are Combating The Dispensing Of ‘Custom’ Orthoses In The Retail Setting

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
7/9/10 | 5150 reads | 2 comments
Last year, I wrote a blog for Podiatry Today entitled: “Why Podiatrists Should Not Fear Custom Foot Orthotics at Costco” (see http://www.podiatrytoday.com/blogged/why-podiatrists-should-not-fear-cus...). Interestingly, this blog has generated over 6,500 reads. Clearly, this topic of dispensing low-cost foot orthoses in a retail setting has great interest among both the professional and lay communities. Read More.

What The Emerging Literature Reveals About Infection Control, Multi-Dose Vials And Surgical Centers

Warren S. Joseph DPM FIDSA
7/7/10 | 3537 reads | 0 comments
I know that this title seems like I am tying in a number of fairly diverse topics but hear me out on this one. I was browsing through USA Today while sitting in an airplane recently and came across a story titled "Safety Breaches at Surgery Centers". That in and of itself was interesting enough to me but upon reading the story, I learned that, “A federal study finds many same day surgery centers — where patients get such things as foot operations (my emphasis added) and pain injections — have serious problems with infection control.” Read More.

Can Doxycycline Have An Impact As An Agent For ‘Wound Chemotherapy’?

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
7/2/10 | 3064 reads | 0 comments
Editor’s note: This blog is co-authored by Nicholas A. Giovinco, DPM, and Julia Bernardini, DPM. Read More.

Are We Giving Away Our Unique Skills In Biomechanics In The CPME 320 Rewrite?

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
7/1/10 | 2684 reads | 3 comments
Almost every surgeon is able to say a patient’s surgery looks good on the table and on the X-ray film. Then there are those podiatric surgeons who are exceptionally skilled. These surgeons have bragging rights six months after the day of surgery. Read More.