DPM Blogs

Expressing Concerns About Health Care Reform

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
10/5/09 | 3909 reads | 1 comments
If you are like me, you are concerned about what is going to happen with health care reform but are kind of tired of all the rhetoric you hear each day from both sides of the debate. Clearly, the system is broken and cannot sustain itself at its current rate of growth. Additionally, the number of uninsured and underinsured is disgraceful for one of the wealthiest countries in the world. I do not consider myself too liberal but I do think health care is an individual right -- not a luxury -- if you can afford it. Read More.

Current SALSA Research Efforts To Preserve The Pedal Peninsula

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
10/2/09 | 3767 reads | 0 comments
Greetings from the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA). Joseph Mills, MD, and I recently did an interview with one of our professional magazines and we were reflecting on the unique nature of the diabetic foot. The diabetic foot is at the end of what I refer to as an “anatomic peninsula.” For that reason, the diabetic foot is hostage to the supply from the “anatomic mainland.” Read More.

A Closer Look At The Modified Hoke Arthrodesis For Flatfoot Deformity

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS
9/25/09 | 6090 reads | 0 comments
For many years, I have employed a modification of the traditional Hoke procedure in the management of flatfoot deformity. Surgeons generally employ medial column stabilization in flatfoot deformity to augment other pronation limiting surgical interventions such as arthroereisis, tendo-Achilles lengthening (TAL), calcaneal osteotomy, etc. Read More.

Ankle Sprains In Athletes: Key Tips On Facilitating A Return To Activity

Michelle L. Butterworth DPM FACFAS
9/23/09 | 3931 reads | 0 comments
Managing ankle sprains in athletes and ensuring an appropriate return to activity can be quite challenging. In addition to being a podiatric surgeon and my partner in practice, my husband is a high school football and baseball coach. Needless to say, we deal with ankle sprains on a very frequent and regular basis. I am usually in charge of the overall treatment of the athlete since he is involved on a more personal level and is usually very anxious to get his player back out on the field. Read More.

Can ‘Beam’ Surgery Have An Impact For The Collapsed Charcot Foot?

Lawrence Fallat DPM FACFAS
9/22/09 | 4384 reads | 3 comments
I have been performing “beam” surgery for the treatment of the collapsed Charcot foot for about 18 months. If you are not familiar with this procedure, it involves reducing the deformity and percutaneously inserting a large diameter screw inside the bones of the medial column. Read More.

Keeping Surgery Simple: Why K-Wires Are Underrated

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
9/4/09 | 9945 reads | 3 comments
In some of my earlier blogs, I wrote about how I like to keep things simple in daily practice. This concept also applies to surgery. Let’s face it: we are always looking for better ways of doing things in surgery. That is what separates a surgeon from a technician. Maybe you want to tweak the way you make your bone cut or try different fixation techniques. After all, we are always striving for perfection every time we walk into the operating room. Read More.

Are You Really Getting A Custom Foot Orthotic?

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
8/27/09 | 6347 reads | 3 comments
When you order and pay for a custom prescription foot orthotic from an orthotic laboratory, how sure are you that the device received is truly “custom”? When your patient pays you for a perceived custom foot orthotic, is the patient really getting what he or she paid for? This will be the first in a series posted on my blog, which will explore a potential crisis facing the podiatric profession and the custom prescription foot orthotics industry. Read More.

Getting More Out Of A Conference Than Free Pens

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
8/25/09 | 2863 reads | 1 comments
Some folks see attending a medical conference as an opportunity to have fun and catch up with old friends. For others, the medical conference represents an opportunity to get ahead, meet possible mentors and address some business issues. That is a whole different ballgame. For the same amount of money you spend to go to a conference, you can have an entirely different experience. Some people pack their toothbrush to go to a conference. Other people pack extra business cards, legal pads and letters of introduction. Which person are you? Read More.

Enduring The Endless Paperwork Shuffle: Why Tort Reform Is Essential

Molly Judge DPM FACFAS
8/24/09 | 3441 reads | 2 comments
Have you gone to a hospital for a case using local anesthesia lately? It has truly become bizarre. When I began private practice in 1997, you could walk into the hospital, fill out little more than a consent form and you could be in and out as fast as you would at any outpatient surgery center. Read More.