Foot & Ankle Weekly
Jan. 11, 2011

Quality Assurance in Charting Workshop - Jan. 27, 2011, New York City
This ACFAOM six CME-credit workshop on best practices in clinical charting has been designed to help candidates for certification and re-certification by the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine (ABPOPPM) prepare cases for submission. However, the fundamentals of good clinical record keeping that is the bulk of this workshop, are common to all podiatric practices, and so this will be a valuable educational experience for all DPMs wanting to know more about how to correctly prepare and maintain patient records and face possible audits. The full-day workshop will be presented on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, immediately preceding the NYSPMA conference in New York City. (It is not necessary to register for the NYSPMA conference to attend this workshop.) For program information click here; for workshop registration click here; for information about the NYSPMA conference click here.More

Diabetic socks: More than meets the toe
Lower Extremity Review
With so much emphasis placed on proper diabetic footwear, especially for those who suffer from peripheral neuropathy, patients with diabetes may not realize how crucial the size, fit, fiber, and construction of socks also are. Since socks are an integral part of treatment, the following do's and don'ts may help practitioners educate patients about proper sock selection and wear.More

A guide to conservative care for adult flatfoot
Podiatry Today
Adult flatfoot is a common problem podiatrists see every day. Without early identification of the problem, the flatfoot deformity can progress. There has been a shift in protocol over the years from surgical treatment early on in the diagnosis of adult flatfoot to a more valiant attempt at conservative treatment. In 1997, Sferra and Rosenberg stated that "conservative management is a critical part of initial treatment of posterior tibial tendon insufficiency, especially in patients with advanced age, sedentary lifestyle and medical comorbidities that preclude surgical intervention."More

Meet the Podiatric Dermatology Masters - today at 9 p.m. EST
Drs. Tracey Vlahovic, Marc Brenner & Bryan Markinson will be the guests on today's Meet the Masters audio-conference (at 9 p.m. EST) with host, and former ACFAOM president, Dr. Bret Ribotsky. This round table discussion will focus on how to excel with dermatology in the podiatric practice. This subspecialty can be easily incorporated into all practices, and three of the leaders and true Masters in our profession will give you their advice. To register for this FREE weekly, and unique, learning experience that will give you additional insights into the profession's past and future click here.More

Early surgery for ankle fractures may improve outcomes, reduce costs
ORTHO SuperSite
United Kingdom investigators suggest that hospitals establish a policy of early surgical intervention for ankle fractures, which would improve outcomes and reduce the costs associated with this injury. Ankle fractures are one of the most common orthopedic injuries, according to Mohamed Sukeik, M.D., MRCS, and colleagues at the Cumberland Infirmary, in the United Kingdom. The swelling associated with these fractures causes operative delays. However, a surgical delay of more than 24 hours after injury is linked to longer hospitals stays, which increases costs. More

A closer look at new developments in diabetes
Podiatry Today
The prevalence of diabetes is increasing rapidly and is expected to reach epidemic proportion over the next decade. Recent research estimates that the number of people diagnosed with diabetes will rise from 23.7 million to 44.1 million between 2009 and 2034. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention further predict that up to one-third of U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050 if Americans continue to gain weight and avoid exercise. Diabetes is associated with a myriad of complications with foot ulcerations being the most common.More

Foot care: Healthy toes'll put a spring in your step
El Paso Times
It's a problem that haunts men and women, young and old alike. Your skin becomes inflamed or scaly. Toes swell. The infected area turns a shade of yellow, brown or even black. A foul-smelling odor radiates from your foot that's so strong, it's murder on the nose. Fungus plays a nasty trick on the toes. But fortunately, you can treat that problem.More

Ugg boots Achilles' heel? They may cause foot pain
left The wildly popular Australian boots are everywhere these days - even worthy of "how to wear them" videos on YouTube. Forest Park Medical Center podiatrist Rachel Verville in Forest Park, Texas, said that's probably a good idea because if not worn properly the super-comfy boots can be a real pain in the feet. "The main thing is moderation," Dr. Verville said. "If you only wear them for a few hours every day you should be fine but if you wear them for an extended period of time or multiple days on end you can develop pain."More

Physician EMR use passes 50 percent as incentives outweigh resistance
American Medical News
For the first time, a majority of office-based physicians are using an electronic medical records system, according to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. The survey doesn't explain why EMR use in offices rose to 50.7 percent in 2010, more than double the adoption rate in 2005. However, peer pressure is apparently moving from fighting EMRs to embracing them. "We're in an electronic age. You either go with it, or you're in the Dark Ages," said Pat Willis, R.N., chief nursing officer for seven-physician Big Sandy Healthcare, in eastern Kentucky, which installed its first EMR in July.More

New surgery for foot troubles
The surgeon general says 30 minutes of daily exercise is key to keeping fit - if you're walking, that could add up to ten thousand steps every day. But millions of Americans have a foot problem that makes every step painful. Now, there's a new treatment that's helping sufferers get back on their feet.More