DPM Blogs

A Closer Look At The Plantar Fat Pad In People With Diabetes

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
12/21/09 | 3927 reads | 0 comments
At the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA), we have been fascinated with a recent paper by our colleagues Hsu and co-workers from the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and National Taiwan University Hospital. These authors suggest that the plantar fat pad -- that specialized fat that exists on the sole of every one of us -- may undergo changes in people with diabetes. To make a long story short, fewer small “microchambers” of fat make it less cushy and more susceptible to ulceration. We invite you to give the work a read. See Read More.

Giving Thanks For Those Who Helped Shape My Career In Podiatry

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
12/7/09 | 4371 reads | 2 comments
Given the holiday season, I thought I would dedicate this blog to giving thanks to those who have helped me in my professional life. Read More.

Does Marketing Make The Podiatrist Or Does Reputation Make The Podiatrist?

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
12/7/09 | 3273 reads | 1 comments
There are two camps of podiatrists: those who have formal practices and those who are physicians but are business and marketing-minded as well. The latter do what it takes to bring the patients in the door and keep them coming in. The former put their names on the door and let their reputations do the advertising for them. These are the speakers, educators and book editors in our profession. Incidentally, they do not usually make much money in a lifetime. They may say that their riches are in the form of their students and publication, and not in their bank accounts. Read More.

How Much Do You Charge For Foot Orthoses?

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
12/4/09 | 13444 reads | 1 comments
How often do patients ask you or your office staff “How much do you charge for foot orthotics?” The answer for most podiatric offices will range from $400 to $600, and will often come as a shock to the naïve patient. After all, how could two pieces of plastic cost that much money? The answer to this question unveils many myths and misconceptions about foot orthotic therapy that exist among podiatric physicians and their patients. Read More.

Regnault’s HAT Graft Procedure: Can It Have An Impact For Hallux Rigidus And Hallux Valgus?

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS
12/3/09 | 4158 reads | 0 comments
Over the years, I have continued to employ the osteochondral graft procedure (HAT graft procedure), described by Bernard Regnault, MD, in selected cases of hallux valgus and hallux rigidus. I find the procedure to be reliable in satisfying the requirements of elderly patients as it offers a viable alternative to arthrodesis, resection arthroplasty or implant arthroplasty. Read More.

Sharing Insights From The Bone And Joint Decade International Clubfoot Symposium

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
11/30/09 | 3686 reads | 3 comments
I recently had the opportunity to represent the podiatric community at the Bone and Joint Decade Meeting’s International Clubfoot Symposium in Washington, D.C. This invitation-only symposium was arranged by the Ponseti International Association with a mission to establish a worldwide clubfoot directive. Health care professionals, parents of clubfoot patients, public health officials and non-profit organization representatives from all over the world attended. Read More.

A Closer Look At The Roles Of Advanced Therapies Within The Wound Healing Spectrum

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
11/24/09 | 2550 reads | 0 comments
There has been a consistent request for some clarity on where various classes of wound healing modalities may fit along a timeline. Rather than adhere to a "one size fits all" concept, more clinicians have moved toward a multimodal approach. However, there is a variety of questions when it comes to optimal use of these modalities to help ensure optimal outcomes. Read More.

First Metatarsophalangeal Fusions, Implants And Cheilectomies: What Is A Surgeon To Do?

Lawrence Fallat DPM FACFAS
11/23/09 | 5238 reads | 2 comments
When you attend our scientific meetings, we are inundated with lectures advocating arthrodesis for the arthritic first metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ). What happened to joint implants and attempting to restore or preserve function? I know podiatrists still commonly use implants but there are few lectures and articles supporting their use. Implants have served our patients well for decades because they gave good results. What about cheilectomies? Isn't there a place for them anymore? Read More.

Pivotal Improvements That Have Led To Increased Efficiency And Quality Care

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
11/13/09 | 3320 reads | 0 comments
I want to share with you some of the greatest improvements I have implemented in my office that have changed the way I practice podiatry. Read More.