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

Molly Judge DPM FACFAS | 5,960 reads | 3 comments | 06/16/2009

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.”

The Growing Niche Of Aesthetic Foot Care

Jodi Schoenhaus Gold DPM | 1,775 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. 

Can We Achieve The ‘Equality’ In Surgery That We Have Achieved In Wound Care And Diabetic Limb Salvage?

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS | 4,877 reads | 3 comments | 10/21/2010

In the last several months, I have had the opportunity to attend four major wound care conferences. Standing in the back of the room at the Diabetic Limb Salvage conference, world famous researchers and academicians Peter Sheehan, MD, and Andrew Boulton, MD, commented to me how wonderful this meeting and others such as the American Professional Wound Care Association (APWCA) meeting had become in educating medical professionals on limb salvage.

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

Jodi Schoenhaus Gold DPM | 713 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.

Managing Patients Who Object To The Standard Of Care

Camille Ryans, DPM | 383 reads | 0 comments | 11/15/2017

Perhaps it is an active runner who is resistant to having surgery due to a potentially long post-op recovery and scaled back training. Another case may involve an older patient who is very anxious about a medication you have recommended due to polypharmacy concerns and being able to keep track of his or her current medications. In another situation, you may find yourself as the referee between a coach and a young athlete’s parents debating what the best treatment option is for getting the athlete back on the field more quickly.

Conservative Care Recommendations For The Stages Of Hallux Limitus/Rigidus

Samantha Miner, BS, Gregory Foote, DPM, David Cheskis, DPM, and James McGuire, DPM, PT, CPed, FAPWHc | 1,354 reads | 0 comments | 11/17/2017

Classification systems can be invaluable for directing treatment for hallux limitus/rigidus. Accordingly, these authors recommend a modified classification system that integrates treatment methods and goals with an emphasis on conservative care.

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

Jodi Schoenhaus Gold DPM | 352 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.

Simplifying Care For Patients With Wounds

Alison J. Garten DPM | 1,142 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.

Current Perspectives On Nutrition And Wound Healing

Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS, and Zoe Birnbaum, BS | 2,926 reads | 0 comments | 04/24/2017

Given that malnutrition and a loss of lean body mass can have an adverse effect on wound healing, clinicians should have a strong understanding of the impact of adequate protein intake and the pros and cons of different vitamin supplements. Accordingly, these authors offer a salient review of current guidelines and recommendations for facilitating optimal nutrition in patients with lower extremity wounds.

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 | 1,162 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