A Guide To Conservative Care For Plantar Fasciitis

Brian Fullem, DPM | 8,912 reads | 0 comments | 10/21/2016

Given that conservative care is effective for plantar fasciitis most of the time, this author explores the efficacy of conservative modalities such as stretching, extracorporeal shockwave and corticosteroids, and notes differential diagnoses to consider if conservative treatment fails.

The Growing Niche Of Aesthetic Foot Care

Jodi Schoenhaus Gold DPM | 1,653 reads | 0 comments | 03/08/2017

Welcome to the launch of my aesthetic foot DPM Blog. After all, it's 2017, and it’s about time to give aesthetic podiatry a good look.

Over the past 15 years, the aesthetic foot industry has been forming its branch off the foundation of the podiatric profession. Aesthetics is controversial. It is pushing plastic and dermatology boundaries. It is unique and exciting. After gaining knowledge in all aspects of foot care, acquiring solid surgical training in residency and molding a practice to one’s interests and talents, there is nothing wrong with adding beauty to function. 

Simplifying Care For Patients With Wounds

Alison J. Garten DPM | 1,107 reads | 0 comments | 01/14/2016

How are you going to approach the new year? As I continue to practice in the field of limb salvage and wound care, I am always looking for ways to simplify treatment when handling these complicated patients. The basics have not changed though. In addition to ensuring that wounds have adequate vascular status, we strive to address any potential infection, provide proper offloading and perform appropriate debridements when necessary to facilitate healing.

Emphasizing The Importance Of A Podiatry Rotation In Primary Care Residencies

Rami Basatneh | 1,242 reads | 0 comments | 04/21/2017

If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as Benjamin Franklin put it, then a month-long podiatry rotation is worth a year of prophylaxis. Podiatrists, albeit being specialists, are often the first practitioners to diagnose major systemic issues of the body.

Vein Care Part 1: Treating Lower Extremity Veins When A New Patient Presents

Jodi Schoenhaus Gold DPM | 617 reads | 0 comments | 07/26/2017

As the field of phlebology enters mainstream medicine, there is even more opportunity for the podiatric field to get educated and train new skills to practice. In the 19th century, vein care consisted of stripping of varicose veins and sclerotherapy for spider veins. By the 21st century, the practice of vein care had evolved into a legitimate specialty. It all started with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of endovenous techniques with radiofrequency and laser. When the word “laser” became a marketing magnet for patients, doctors started to open their eyes.

Point-Counterpoint: Is Conservative Care The Optimal Treatment Course For Adult-Acquired Flatfoot?

Paul Scherer, DPM; and H. John Visser, DPM, FACFAS, and Jesse Wolfe, DPM | 524 reads | 0 comments | 09/27/2017

Offering insights on the pathomechanics of the deformity as well as key findings from the research, this author says appropriate conservative care can help prevent progression to more advanced stages of adult-acquired flatfoot.   

By Paul Scherer, DPM

Vein Care Part 3: Consultation And Emerging Treatments For Varicose Veins

Jodi Schoenhaus Gold DPM | 191 reads | 0 comments | 10/13/2017

In previous blogs, we discussed identifying whether a patient’s vein treatments are considered cosmetic or medical through the initial clinical consultation.1 We then discussed the cosmetic treatment of spider veins.2 In this discussion, we will address the medical treatment of varicose veins.

A Guide To Conservative Care For Ankle Sprains

Douglas Richie, DPM, FACFAS, FAAPSM | 7,869 reads | 0 comments | 06/21/2016

Recurrent sprains and long-term residual symptoms are fairly common in patients who suffer ankle sprains. With this in mind, this author provides a comprehensive review of the literature and a practical guide to conservative treatment at various stages for lateral ankle sprains.

Vein Care Part 2: The Cosmetic Vein Patient Consultation And Treatment: Lasers And Sclerotherapy

Jodi Schoenhaus Gold DPM | 317 reads | 0 comments | 08/23/2017

In the first of a series of vein articles, I reviewed the importance of differentiating between medical versus cosmetic pathology (see ). You must understand that if a patient presents for vein care treatment, the consultation must be thorough.

Reducing Shear Pressure To Facilitate Healing Of A Dorsal Foot Wound

Lakshmi K. Shankhdhar, MD, PGDND, DMRE, MAMS, FICN, FHMI (Boston), Kshitij Shankhdhar, MBBS, MD, Dip Diab, FICN, FAPWCA, Uma Shankhdhar, MBBS, DND, DDM, and Smita Shankhdhar, MBBS, MUPMA, MICN | 3,134 reads | 0 comments | 04/28/2016

These authors address the impact of shear forces in the treatment of a dorsal ulcer initially caused by a toe ring worn by a 61-year-old patient.