DPM Blogs

Is It Time To Look For An Alternative To Digital Arthroplasty For Hammertoes?

Lawrence Fallat DPM FACFAS
7/8/09 | 6387 reads | 6 comments
Hammertoe surgery is generally thought of as a simple procedure, which consistently gives good results with very few complications. Since an arthroplasty is technically easy to perform, it is usually the first surgery residents will perform in their training. However, the digital arthroplasty is not necessarily a benign procedure. I am not talking about the overriding contracted second toe which can drive us crazy. I am talking about seemingly simple hammertoes. Read More.

Pertinent Pearls On Brachymetatarsia Repair With Callus Distraction

Michelle L. Butterworth DPM FACFAS
7/2/09 | 8193 reads | 0 comments
When considering surgical intervention for the repair of brachymetatarsia, there are basically three main techniques to utilize: lengthening/slide osteotomy; osteotomy with insertion of bone graft; and callus distraction. Although I have utilized all of these techniques, callus distraction remains my procedure of choice for the surgical repair of brachymetatarsia. Read More.

Why I Prefer Having A ‘Mom and Pop’ Podiatry Practice

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
7/1/09 | 4414 reads | 3 comments
What is the best practice model for today’s podiatrist? I can tell you from experience that I have tried just about everything and I think I have figured it out. Most of us have had the same dream starting out in podiatry school when we envisioned our practice as an empire. In your dream, you may have envisioned multiple offices blanketing all corners of the metropolitan city. Most of us dream and think big because we are motivated and intelligent people. After all, that is what got us to where we are now. Read More.

Patient Education Resources In the Office: Why They Benefit You And The Patient

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
6/29/09 | 3210 reads | 8 comments
You glance at the chart, the clock and the smiling patient. You are right on schedule. Now that is refreshing for a change. You extend your hand to say goodbye and tell the patient you will see her again in two weeks. She can call the office if she has any questions. Read More.

Advanced Therapies For The Diabetic Foot: Are We Getting Our Money’s Worth?

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS
6/22/09 | 2870 reads | 2 comments
In a recent issue of Diabetes Care, Kahn and Anderson examine the issue of diabetes care as a model for healthcare reform.1 The authors point out that the prevention of diabetes and the prevention of complications associated with diabetes are seldom cost-saving. This is contrary to many arguments that suggest preventive care is ultimately cost-effective and reduces expenses associated with the management of diabetes. Read More.

Hosting A Foreign Medical Doctor For Educational Purposes

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
6/22/09 | 3452 reads | 2 comments
In addition to going on a medical mission trip, another excellent way to share your knowledge and experience is to host a foreign medical doctor for an educational rotation. Due to state and national regulations, this usually means an observational experience but if you do this in an interactive manner, it can provide an outstanding training opportunity. I recently had the pleasure of hosting Francel Alexis, MD, for two weeks. For this blog, I asked him to reflect on the six weeks he spent in the United States on his two different rotations. Here are his thoughts. Read More.

Kudos To JAPMA

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
6/22/09 | 3543 reads | 0 comments
In case you have not had a chance to read it yet, the May/June 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association (JAPMA) is among the best ever in terms of content for the fan of lower extremity biomechanics. Hats off to Warren Joseph, DPM, who has driven this journal to a level of excellence, which is admired around the world. One only has to look at the diverse contributions from international researchers to appreciate that JAPMA is now a stage for publishing landmark articles relevant to all aspects of podiatric medicine. Read More.

Raising Questions About The Treatment Of MRSA In Hospitals

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
6/16/09 | 2468 reads | 0 comments
I am fascinated at the current nationwide trend we see in our hospitals toward precautions for methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Much of this trend in the United States has been sparked by last year's “present on admission” criteria from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) that limited reimbursement for the increased complexity of treating these patients if the infection was not “present on admission.” Read More.

Why We Need To Take A Closer Look At The Roles Of ‘Wound Care Specialists’

Molly Judge DPM FACFAS
6/16/09 | 4662 reads | 3 comments
Currently, there are a number of people on the health care team touting themselves as wound care specialists. For those of you who may not know, the term “wound care specialist” does not imply a physician, a physician’s assistant or even a member of the nursing staff for that matter. Scores of people who might otherwise be considered “volunteer staff” or “nursing assistants” are now being sent for an abbreviated course in wound care products and, after taking this course, are subsequently referred to as “wound care specialists.” Read More.