DPM Blogs

Are Ethics Getting Shortchanged In Student And Residency Training?

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS
10/20/09 | 3041 reads | 1 comments
Recently, there was discussion on Podiatry Management online regarding the professional conduct of students and residents. The discussion was centered on what was perceived to have been “unprofessional” conduct, and a discussion of the evaluation of so-called “non-cognitive behaviors” ensued. Read More.

Lateral Column Pain: Underscoring The Challenges In Diagnosis And Treatment

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
10/12/09 | 14170 reads | 0 comments
The majority of patient encounters to the podiatrist are secondary to pain in the foot and/or ankle. If we draw an imaginary line bisecting the lower leg and extending distally to the third toe, pain in the medial aspect of the foot and ankle is typically straightforward. Read More.

Expressing Concerns About Health Care Reform

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
10/5/09 | 4080 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 | 4103 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 | 6520 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 | 4315 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 | 4735 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 | 11499 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 | 6861 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.