DPM Blogs

Where Can The Foot And Ankle Surgeon Go For Continuing Education On Biomechanics?

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
2/8/10 | 3520 reads | 0 comments
The last time I checked, there were no lectures devoted to biomechanics at the upcoming American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) Scientific Conference in Las Vegas (Feb. 22 to 26). I continue to be amazed that our profession would stage a conference that advertises “cutting edge clinical and practice management topics,” and ignores the vital role that biomechanics plays in foot and ankle surgery. Our counterparts at the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) devote almost one-third of the lectures at its annual meeting to biomechanics topics. Read More.

Failure To Biopsy: When Alleged ‘Wound Care Specialists’ Fall Short Of The Standard Of Care

Molly Judge DPM FACFAS
2/8/10 | 5169 reads | 7 comments
I do not know about you but I continue to find myself wondering who are these so-called wound care specialists who undertake management of wounds but are nowhere to be found when bad wounds take a turn for the worse. Read More.

A Closer Look At The Three-Knot Layered Krackow Achilles Repair

Neal Blitz DPM FACFAS
2/5/10 | 11124 reads | 0 comments
When it comes to repairing the ruptured Achilles tendon, there are a variety of methods ranging from wide-open exposures with grafting to percutaneous approaches. All of these options have their advantages and disadvantages. However, the most common is a straightforward open approach in which the surgeon re-approximates the tendon in an end-to-end fashion. Read More.

Does Saying ‘I Am Sorry’ Make Malpractice Lawsuits Go Away?

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
2/3/10 | 3019 reads | 0 comments
Does making a medical mistake mean never having to say you are sorry? No, it is just the opposite. Apparently, it is all about saying you are sorry. That is what my surgical mentor taught me and it definitely worked. One time I made a serious mistake and I approached the patient and his family and said those simple words, “I am sorry.” They found no fault. We worked through the problem together and solved it. All was forgiven and they appreciated my sincere efforts. Read More.

The Art Of Dealing With The Challenges Of Hammertoe Surgery

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
1/29/10 | 13979 reads | 1 comments
Hammertoe surgery is a mainstay in every podiatrist’s office. I have personally found that hammertoe surgery is among the most challenging surgery we perform. Although the surgery is seemingly simple, the results are not as predictable as other surgeries that we do. When we look at each toe individually, there are inherent challenges that each one possesses. Read More.

Can Walking Sensors Help Predict The Outcome Of Diabetic Limb Salvage Surgery?

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
1/25/10 | 2586 reads | 0 comments
In the past, surgery designed to heal wounds or reduce the risk for development of wounds in people with diabetes has been haphazard. A recently published pilot study in Gait & Posture suggests strongly that we can work toward predicting success preoperatively.1 See http://tinyurl.com/yzbkt96 Read More.

New Year’s Resolution: Get Involved In Your State Association

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
1/25/10 | 2966 reads | 0 comments
Well, it is that time of year again. It is the time for New Year’s resolutions. Lose weight, stop smoking, read more, exercise more, etc. We have all made resolutions and sometimes keep them. Here is one I would ask you to consider for this upcoming year: become involved with your state podiatric medical association. Read More.

Why A Post-Op Fatality Is A Wake-Up Call On DVT Prophylaxis

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS
1/20/10 | 7272 reads | 2 comments
The issue of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) prophylaxis remains controversial with reference to foot and ankle surgery. The limited available studies for review suggest that the incidence of DVT and pulmonary embolism (PE) following foot surgery is acceptably low, and that routine prophylaxis is not required. However, many of these same articles suggest that one should consider prophylaxis when several risk factors for DVT or pulmonary embolism (PE) are present. Read More.

Will Diabetic Limb Preservation Be A Priority In The New Health Care System?

Andrew Rice DPM FACFAS
1/15/10 | 2293 reads | 1 comments
In contemplating what I should post in my first blog for Podiatry Today, I reviewed several published articles describing procedures that have interested me. I initially thought I would write about techniques I have integrated into my practice. Read More.