DPM Blogs

An Update On The Scope Of Practice Battle In South Carolina

Michelle L. Butterworth DPM FACFAS
6/5/09 | 4006 reads | 0 comments
Podiatrists from South Carolina are once again trying to change our practice act to include the ankle and lower extremity amputations. As I noted in the previous blog (see “A Closer Look At Scope Of Practice Battles In South Carolina” www.podiatrytoday.com/blogged/a-closer-look-at-scope-of-practice-battles-in-south-carolina), we presented our bill to the 3M subcommittee on April 29th. Read More.

Should We Biopsy Everything?

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
6/2/09 | 4526 reads | 1 comments
Tissue biopsy is underutilized in our profession. Can you think of a reason not to biopsy tissue? Are we that concerned about saving health care dollars? Read More.

Pilates: A New Referral Consideration?

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
6/1/09 | 2786 reads | 2 comments
Lately, I have heard about Pilates quite a bit and have noticed that it is even drawing attention on the National Institute of Health’s PubMed with several dozen references within the past couple of years. It has gone from being an unusual offering at strip malls to being featured in leading medical journals. This is quite a leap in a very short period of time. That march forward is being led by some of the leaders in our own profession. One of those at the forefront is Sheryl Strich, DPM, who is the President of the American Association for Women Podiatrists. Read More.

Why Podiatrists Should Not Fear Custom Foot Orthotics At Costco

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
5/28/09 | 30675 reads | 7 comments
A few months ago, a patient said she saw a service advertised at Costco, which provided custom foot orthotics to customers for a price of $89 per pair. She asked if I was concerned about this “competition” from a mass retailer. I replied that this type of commercial offering of custom foot orthotics would only help drive more patients into the offices of podiatric physicians. Read More.

Establishing Sustained Medical Missions

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
5/26/09 | 3330 reads | 0 comments
I want to strongly encourage any of you who are thinking about going on a medical mission trip or would like to go on another one to do so. I would like to offer a little guidance based on my own personal experiences. Read More.

Vessel Loops: A Simple Alternative For Wound Closure

Molly Judge DPM FACFAS
5/21/09 | 12269 reads | 0 comments
Among the many tips, quips and pearls that we have learned over the years, some techniques will stand the test of time better than others. Indeed, some techniques are more a matter of fad than function and will soon fall by the wayside. Valuable techniques, those that become a part of every day practice, serve patients very well and become a part of the standard of care. Read More.

Freedom Of Choice: Another Perspective On The APMA/ACFAS Debate

5/21/09 | 3149 reads | 5 comments
Living in America, we are blessed with freedom, which allows us to choose the college or university we would like our children to attend. We have the right of choice when it comes to purchasing cars, houses or any other entity that has value to us. We also have the right and obligation to choose our legislators, and we can belong to any political party we choose. Read More.

Does Your Hospital Have A DRRAFT?

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
5/20/09 | 2399 reads | 0 comments
In the ongoing collaboration between the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) (www.IDsociety.org/) and the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) (www.DiabeticFootOnline.com/), we have proposed the following key skill set for any multidisciplinary team dedicated to amputation prevention. We refer to this team as the Diabetic Rapid Response Acute Foot Team (DRRAFT). Here are the key skills for such a team. Read More.

Bridging The Gap Between Life Lessons And Cornerstones Of A Successful Practice

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS
5/13/09 | 2477 reads | 0 comments
In 1999, a retired orthopedic surgeon published his perspective on the essentials of success in practice.1 I found his insights and suggestions helpful. I pass these on to our younger colleagues as advice that will stand them well in daily practice. Some older doctors may benefit as well. 1. Maintain humor, humility and humanity. 2. Make only original mistakes. 3. Invest time, thought and energy in interpersonal relationships with patients, colleagues and loved ones. 4. Apologize when causing pain to patients or when you keep them waiting. Read More.