DPM Blogs

Raising Questions About The Treatment Of MRSA In Hospitals

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
6/16/09 | 2579 reads | 0 comments
I am fascinated at the current nationwide trend we see in our hospitals toward precautions for methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Much of this trend in the United States has been sparked by last year's “present on admission” criteria from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) that limited reimbursement for the increased complexity of treating these patients if the infection was not “present on admission.” Read More.

Why We Need To Take A Closer Look At The Roles Of ‘Wound Care Specialists’

Molly Judge DPM FACFAS
6/16/09 | 4861 reads | 3 comments
Currently, there are a number of people on the health care team touting themselves as wound care specialists. For those of you who may not know, the term “wound care specialist” does not imply a physician, a physician’s assistant or even a member of the nursing staff for that matter. Scores of people who might otherwise be considered “volunteer staff” or “nursing assistants” are now being sent for an abbreviated course in wound care products and, after taking this course, are subsequently referred to as “wound care specialists.” Read More.

Reflecting On The Progress Of Podiatric Residency Programs

Lawrence Fallat DPM FACFAS
6/15/09 | 2980 reads | 0 comments
As I was preparing for this week’s graduation ceremonies, I started to reflect on how far podiatric medical education has come. In recent years, graduates of our podiatric residency program have been included with all of our health system’s residency graduates in a celebratory lavish graduation dinner/dance at a local cultural institution. It was barely a decade ago that the podiatric resident graduation was held separately without support from the hospital and the extent of the festivities was dependent upon the generosity of the podiatric attending physicians Read More.

An Update On The Scope Of Practice Battle In South Carolina

Michelle L. Butterworth DPM FACFAS
6/5/09 | 4078 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 | 4595 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 | 2811 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 | 31490 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 | 3373 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 | 12571 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.