DPM Blogs

Facing The Challenges That Shoe Gear Creates

Nicholas A Campitelli DPM FACFAS
2/18/14 | 1786 reads | 0 comments
For many who read my blog posts and know my philosophies and principles, you already are aware of my feelings about shoes. Trust me, even though I am a proponent of the whole “barefoot” movement, I probably wear more running shoes than most of my critics could even imagine. Over the past four years, I have been fortunate to have tested and run in many different running shoes as a result of the work I have done with studying minimalist running shoes. Read More.

What I Told The Students About Navigating Corporate Conflicts Of Interest

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS
2/17/14 | 6394 reads | 0 comments
The New York State Podiatric Medical Association meeting this year included a two-day lecture series for junior and senior students at the podiatry colleges. The sessions were well attended. I was honored that the seminar committee asked me to present one of the sessions to the students. For my topic, I decided to lecture on managing conflicts of interest and corporate influence in podiatry education and practice. Consistent with my concerns, every student had already been outfitted with a bag featuring a corporate name, which was filled with products and advertisements. Read More.

Do You Need An Office Manager?

Lynn Homisak PRT
2/12/14 | 1524 reads | 0 comments
Have you thought about adding an office manager to your practice? Take this quiz. 1. Is there ongoing friction between your front desk and back office staff? 2. Are you often bothered by staff complaints regarding co-worker personality issues? 3. Do the staff interrupt you with questions during patient care? 4. Do you avoid conducting annual performance evaluations or monitoring staff productivity? 5. Are you concerned that staff might not be handling phone conversations with patients as properly as they should be? Read More.

Campaigning For The HELLPP Act To Clarify Gray Areas In Podiatric Medicine And Surgery

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
2/11/14 | 6946 reads | 1 comments
There are many gray areas in podiatric medicine and surgery. I tend to lean much more to the conservative side on those gray podiatric issues. However, last week I ran into something that really made me think outside of my normally conservative approach. Read More.

When A High Arched Patient Has Dorsal Foot Pain With Orthoses

Larry Huppin DPM
2/7/14 | 2441 reads | 0 comments
A fairly common complication for patients with cavus foot type who begin wearing orthosis is to develop pain on the dorsum of the foot secondary to shoe pressure. Read More.

Coming In From The Cold To Recognize Essential Elements For Business Survival

Stephen Barrett DPM FACFAS
2/6/14 | 3785 reads | 1 comments
His words were accentuated by the visible condensate with each exhale. An accretion of ice was already present on his thick, walrus-like mustache and building. It was cold. Damn cold. Chicago is cold in the winter and this one was a real molecule stopper. It was so cold in fact that it was hard for me to concentrate on what he was asking me. I kept thinking this “laboratory” must be very special and worth seeing since I had left sunny, warm Arizona for a full body dip in this virtual deep freeze. Read More.

Emphasizing Multidisciplinary Teams And More Research On DFUs

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
2/4/14 | 1545 reads | 0 comments
The increasing prevalence of diabetes demands more multidisciplinary care and more research into the topic of preventing diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs). In a recent review in Diabetic Foot and Ankle, my co-authors and I tackled this issue.1 Read More.

Making An Orthotic Accommodation For Plantar Bone Callus

Larry Huppin DPM
1/30/14 | 1726 reads | 0 comments
A colleague recently asked for my opinion on a patient who suffered a midfoot fracture at the base of the fourth and fifth metatarsal shafts. The patient had no treatment at the time of the injury and healed with a large bone callus on the plantar surface of the metatarsals. These bone calluses create a large prominence on the plantar foot. This area is taking excessive pressure, leading to pain, keratoma formation and occasional skin breakdown. My colleague was looking for suggestions on an orthotic prescription for the patient’s foot. Read More.