The Foot & Ankle Weekly
Jan. 24, 2012

ASPS to present a surgery track at ACFAOM 2012 - Oct. 11-14, in Downtown Disney, Fla.
The ACFAOM annual clinical conference will be held Oct. 11-14, at the Hilton in the Disney World Resort ( located directly across from Downtown Disney. While the focus of the conference will be the traditional ACFAOM hall-mark content of Wound Management, Medicine, and Biomechanics, using both adult didactic and hands-on workshop learning, a new feature this year will be a special surgery track presented by the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons, ACFAOM's sister APMA affiliated specialty organization. Additional sessions on billing & coding, HER, HIPAA compliance, imaging, and other issues relevant to office-based practice will round out this growing annual conference. Make a New Year's resolution to attend the most clinically relevant and practical conference you cannot afford to miss in 2012. More

Meet Dr. Spalding - today at 9 p.m. ET
Robert Spalding, DPM, will be the guest on today's Meet the Masters audio-conference (at 9 p.m. ET) with host, and former ACFAOM president, Dr. Bret Ribotsky. Dr. Spalding has practiced in Tennessee fro 13 years, as well as having positions in law enforcement and fire and rescue. He is the CEO of his own publishing company and has developed online training programs for medical nail technicians. He has authored Death by Pedicure, a forensic book on nail salons, and The Science of Pedicures. 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

CDC: US obesity rates unchanged from a decade ago
Global Post
High U.S. obesity rates have remained that way in recent years, according to new data released recently. More than one-third of adults (35.7 percent) and almost 17 percent of children were found to be obese in 2009-2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported, representing little change from 2003.More

Smartphone app will aid in wound care
McKnight's Long-Tern Care News & Assisted Living
An app for wound care? Yes, one is coming soon. The National Science Foundation recently awarded $1.2 million to the Worcester Polytechnic Institute to develop a smartphone app that helps people with advanced diabetes and foot ulcers manage their care better. The proposed application would be installed on a smartphone and integrated wirelessly with a personal glucose meter and scale. The application would track and archive blood sugar levels and weight, and use the phone's camera to capture and analyze images of lesions known as foot ulcers, which are potentially dangerous complications that affect people with advanced, uncontrolled diabetes.More

Striking a balance: Foot orthoses in diabetic peripheral neuropathy
Lower Extremity Review
Preliminary research suggests that impaired balance in patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy may improve with proprioceptive stimulation from foot orthoses. Postural instability is common in patients with diabetic neuropathy, said David Levine, DPM, CPed, who is in private practice in Frederick, Md.More

Do running shoes still need heels?
Podiatry Today
Has anyone ever pondered the fact that almost every shoe we put on our feet contains a "heel"? This is true whether it is a $200 motion control running shoe or simply a dress shoe that has the three-fourth inch heel to accommodate our perfectly hemmed slacks. Let's not leave out the eye catching high heels that we all tell our patients are biomechanically inappropriate.More

High heels 'are to blame for flat feet'
Independent Online
It is a discovery that might leave high-heel fans feeling a little flat. Sky-high shoes could be to blame for flat feet, according to a study. Scientists claim that high heels are the reason women are more likely to develop the agonising condition than men - and say their risk is increased further if they spend a lot of time standing up.More

Shoe stiffness and pressure patterns
Lower Extremity Review
Pressure measurement technology can differentiate between the impact forces of a stability shoe and a flexible shoe during gait, according to a preliminary study presented in August at the annual meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics in Long Beach, Calif.More

High price of wearing heels
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
For a quarter-century, Catherine Ange has worked as a seller of high-end furniture at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center. Before computers became a mainstay of the job, a typical day could find Ange bending down, standing on tiptoe or moving furniture across 22,000 square feet of showroom space - all while wearing shoes with a 3- to 4-inch heel.More

Increasing medical practice referrals - 9 steps to creating and preserving your patient pipeline
Referrals are the lifeblood of any specialty practice, but a recent study suggests that physician office visits - and thus referrals - may be in decline. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the number of office visits by privately insured patients under the age of 65 declined by 17 percent in 2009-2010. At the same time, the number of privately insured persons under the age of 65 declined just 2 percent.More

Outcome of patients with diabetes with negative percutaneous bone biopsy performed for suspicion of osteomyelitis of the foot
Diabetic Medicine (subscriber only)
This study aims to assess the outcome of patients with diabetes with suspicion of osteomyelitis of the foot who had undergone a percutaneous bone biopsy that yielded negative microbiological results, with focus on the occurrence of osteomyelitis at the biopsied site.More