DPM Blogs

Seeking Volunteers To Help Establish Wound Care Haiti

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
7/21/09 | 5169 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 | 3835 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 | 6718 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 | 8968 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 | 4648 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 | 3370 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.

Advanced Therapies For The Diabetic Foot: Are We Getting Our Money’s Worth?

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS
6/22/09 | 3011 reads | 2 comments
In a recent issue of Diabetes Care, Kahn and Anderson examine the issue of diabetes care as a model for healthcare reform.1 The authors point out that the prevention of diabetes and the prevention of complications associated with diabetes are seldom cost-saving. This is contrary to many arguments that suggest preventive care is ultimately cost-effective and reduces expenses associated with the management of diabetes. Read More.

Hosting A Foreign Medical Doctor For Educational Purposes

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
6/22/09 | 3630 reads | 2 comments
In addition to going on a medical mission trip, another excellent way to share your knowledge and experience is to host a foreign medical doctor for an educational rotation. Due to state and national regulations, this usually means an observational experience but if you do this in an interactive manner, it can provide an outstanding training opportunity. I recently had the pleasure of hosting Francel Alexis, MD, for two weeks. For this blog, I asked him to reflect on the six weeks he spent in the United States on his two different rotations. Here are his thoughts. Read More.

Kudos To JAPMA

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
6/22/09 | 3753 reads | 0 comments
In case you have not had a chance to read it yet, the May/June 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association (JAPMA) is among the best ever in terms of content for the fan of lower extremity biomechanics. Hats off to Warren Joseph, DPM, who has driven this journal to a level of excellence, which is admired around the world. One only has to look at the diverse contributions from international researchers to appreciate that JAPMA is now a stage for publishing landmark articles relevant to all aspects of podiatric medicine. Read More.