DPM Blogs

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

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
11/24/09 | 2577 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 | 5333 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 | 3354 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.

Understanding The Role Of Advanced Imaging Techniques In Diagnosing Infection

Michelle L. Butterworth DPM FACFAS
11/10/09 | 4258 reads | 0 comments
Unfortunately, many physicians rely on various imaging modalities to deliver a diagnosis of infection, particularly osteomyelitis. I have seen a multitude of imaging modalities worthlessly ordered and performed with the physician desperately trying to get a definitive diagnosis to no avail. Read More.

Keys To Identifying Patients At Risk For Charcot Foot

Molly Judge DPM FACFAS
11/4/09 | 3974 reads | 3 comments
It is well known that patients who present with the acute or chronic Charcot joint require a tremendous amount of time, energy and effort in both patient education and proactive management in an attempt to reduce the risk of limb loss. Read More.

Can Teams Trump Technology When It Comes To Optimal Care For High-Risk Patients?

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
11/3/09 | 2470 reads | 0 comments
Can teams trump technology in the new healthcare debate? I ask this question because I continuously see many patients referred to the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) who have been relegated to amputation. This is not because they have not had access to technology. In fact, most have had extensive work done by well-intentioned clinicians. What frustrates me, and I know my SALSA partners agree as well, is the lack of access to a team. Read More.

Why A Website Is Essential For Your Practice

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
10/30/09 | 2400 reads | 2 comments
I recently saw a new patient in one of my offices and I asked him how he found out about my practice. His reply was very interesting. He found me on his insurance plan but also noted that I was the only one on the list that had a Website. He picked me from the list solely because of my practice website. Do you have a website? Do you think it is vital to your practice? How many new patients are you losing a month because you do not have a Website? How much money are you ultimately losing due to this? Read More.

Does Training Residents Cost Our Attendings Too Much?

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
10/28/09 | 2925 reads | 2 comments
Working with residents is a rewarding experience that most of us would not want to trade for anything. The idea of mentoring the next generation of podiatric physicians is fulfilling and generates lifelong friendships. Gary Jolly, DPM, FACFAS, is still my mentor and friend. I will always carry with me his reassuring words, “Kath, there is nothing that you could break that I cannot fix so go ahead and start the surgery. You have to learn and I am here to teach you.” Read More.

Automated Technology And Custom Foot Orthoses: What You Should Know

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
10/26/09 | 3873 reads | 0 comments
Previously, I discussed the fact that several large podiatric labs commonly provide an orthotic fabricated over a prefabricated mold and sell this device to a doctor under the guise of a “custom foot orthoses.” Read More.