DPM Blogs

When ‘Not Guilty’ Does Not Necessarily Mean Innocent

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS
7/29/09 | 3955 reads | 3 comments
I recently had the opportunity to participate in a malpractice case in which I testified as an expert witness in support of the allegations that a plaintiff brought against her podiatric physician. The case ended with a defense verdict. The famous defense attorney F. Lee Bailey once noted that not guilty does not mean innocent, it means you were able to successfully “beat the rap.” Read More.

If DPMs Are Ignored By MDs, Is It Their Fault Or Ours?

Kathleen Satterfield DPM FACFAOM
7/28/09 | 3843 reads | 2 comments
I was at an educational dinner recently and I realized I was the only podiatrist in a room of vascular, general surgery and plastic surgeons. Afterward, I spoke privately with the lecturer, a well known vascular surgeon, from the Northwest who has educated many podiatry residents and fellows over the years. We have been on several programs together over the years and I felt comfortable talking frankly with him. Read More.

Three Secrets For A Successful Podiatry Practice

William Fishco DPM FACFAS
7/28/09 | 11753 reads | 0 comments
I would like to share with you my business secrets for a successful podiatry practice. Unfortunately, no one teaches us how to run a business in podiatry school. When you get up in the morning and head to the office, you may not consider yourself a businessman/woman but you are. You basically have two hats to wear. Read More.

Seeking Volunteers To Help Establish Wound Care Haiti

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
7/21/09 | 5185 reads | 2 comments
Most of you who read this blog know that I have been involved in a clubfoot program in Haiti for several years now. In my trips to Haiti, another need has become apparent. The need for a wound care center is critically urgent. I have initiated the process with the help of some of my Haitian friends to establish a wound care center with the hope that this initiative will eventually lead to an entire countrywide program. This is a large, daunting undertaking and I need help. For those of you who are looking for ways to get involved, here is your opportunity to make a difference. Read More.

SALSAisms: Lingo From The University Of Arizona's "Toe And Flow" Service

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
7/14/09 | 3843 reads | 1 comments
On our "toe and flow" service at the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA), we often operate in close quarters. This has led to many appellations for and colloquialisms used by various team members. Here is a partial (and running) list: 1. Toe Bless Oblige: The obligation to improve foot care 2. Podshine 3. Der DopplerGanger: Referring to one's vascular partner 4. Sir I-Pod: International podiatrist 5. PodCaster 6. Toe Mechanic 7. Podiatric physician extender: Given to our vascular surgical team Read More.

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

Lawrence Fallat DPM FACFAS
7/8/09 | 6725 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 | 8999 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 | 4656 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 | 3372 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.