DPM Blogs

Are You Doing Your Part To Make Vision 2015 A Reality?

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
4/30/10 | 3990 reads | 0 comments
Did you meet the deadline for your Vision 2015 assignment? You had better check to make sure because you are on the line for getting this done. What? You thought this was an American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) deal? Well, most of us did but at the APMA House of Delegates meeting, it became imminently clear that the APMA alone can not accomplish this paradigm shift. It will take everyone — from the executive director to the last student admitted to a podiatry college — to accomplish parity with our allopathic colleagues. Read More.

Can 'Chemovac' Dressings Be A Valuable Addition To Wound Care?

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
4/27/10 | 3309 reads | 1 comments
Editor's note: This blog entry is co-authored by Nicholas Giovinco, BS. As one might imagine, the use of chemotherapeutic modalities is generally easy. Topical applications and traditional dressing modifications are, in many instances, technically unchanged from standard practice. Our experience with the application of “chemovac” dressings (combining chemotherapeutic dressings with negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT)). Read More.

Do Advances In Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Hold Up To Scientific Scrutiny?

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS
4/27/10 | 7652 reads | 7 comments
I am constantly amazed at the variety of treatment modalities that are effective for plantar fasciitis. In fact, I am amazed when a modality exists that is not effective for plantar fasciitis. Just think about all that you learn at conferences, see in exhibit halls and read in non-peer reviewed journals. You would have to be an idiot not to be able to cure plantar fasciitis. Read More.

Which Dermatological Vehicle Is Best For Your Patient?

Tracey Vlahovic DPM
4/22/10 | 4558 reads | 0 comments
Topical dermatological products allow direct treatment of a skin condition with fewer side effects than those associated with systemic agents. These products have a key component in addition to the active ingredient: the vehicle. The dermatological vehicle houses and supports the active ingredient. Read More.

Why Your Hospital Should Be Using A Pre-Op Checklist

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
4/22/10 | 4221 reads | 0 comments
I drive several hours each week to my various offices each week and use the time to listen to audio books. I just finished listening to an excellent book called The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande, MD. The Checklist Manifesto discusses the use of checklists in several fields such as aviation, construction, financial, the restaurant business and others. Being a general surgeon, Dr. Gawande discusses the use of a checklist in medicine or I should say the lack of use of a checklist in medicine. Read More.

Key Insights On Managing Pediatric Fractures With Ex-Fix

Ron Raducanu DPM FACFAS
4/19/10 | 2936 reads | 0 comments
In my blog last month, I began a discussion on the use of external fixation in podopediatric surgery (see www.podiatrytoday.com/blogged/can-external-fixation-have-an-impact-for-p... ). Probably the least complex use of external fixation in the pediatric population is for fracture management.   Read More.

Emphasizing The Urgent Necessity Of Collaboration Between Podiatrists And Vascular Surgeons

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
4/9/10 | 3215 reads | 1 comments
I recently attended the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) House of Delegates in Washington, D.C. Sitting in the audience of about 1,000 people, I listened to the speeches of one guest of honor after another from other medical professions. The usual lines went something like this: “So glad to be invited to address your organization … we have so much in common … yadda yadda yadda.” Read More.

Can You Select A Bunion Procedure Based Solely On Clinical Evaluation?

Molly Judge DPM FACFAS
4/7/10 | 5037 reads | 10 comments
I was talking with some colleagues of mine recently and we were reviewing bunion surgery, the most common of the elective procedures that we perform. During this conversation, one more experienced colleague said he really does not even need X-rays as he can tell from the clinical evaluation what procedure is going to work out best for the patient. At this point in his career, he feels that getting X-rays is now simply an issue of medicolegal documentation rather than a tool for measuring angles and procedure selection. Most of the others at the table seemed to agree with his philosophy. Read More.

Why Measuring Heel-To-Ball Matters In Shoe Fit

Jenny L Sanders DPM
4/6/10 | 8376 reads | 0 comments
Almost everyone who comes into my office gets his or her foot measured. Why? Wearing the wrong size shoe can cause foot pain and the majority of patients I treat cannot remember the last time they had their foot professionally measured. Read More.