Foot & Ankle Weekly
Jan. 25, 2011

Clinical Charting Workshop - Thursday in New York - not too late to register
This ACFAOM six CME-credit workshop on best practices in clinical charting has been designed to help DPMs become certified or re-certified by ABPOPPM. However, the fundamentals of good clinical record keeping 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 this Thursday (Jan. 27), immediately preceding the NYSPMA conference in New York. (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

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 (CDC) 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

Thermometer to save diabetics losing limbs
The Daily Mail
A new hand-held device could greatly reduce the number of ulcers and limb ­amputations in people with diabetes. The device provides early ­warning of complications which, if left untreated, can lead to the limb becoming so ­damaged it needs to be removed. Around 100 Britons a week undergo an amputation as a result of diabetes. The disease can cause significant ­damage to the nerves and blood vessels - possibly because they are exposed to such high levels of blood sugar.More

Meet Dr. Michael Brody - today at 9 p.m. EST
Michael Brody, DPM, FACFAOM, will be the guest on today's Meet the Masters audio-conference (at 9 p.m. EST) with host, and former ACFAOM president, Dr. Bret Ribotsky. Dr. Brody is a well-known speaker on EHRs, and presents regularly at ACFAOM's annual clinical conference. He sits on key committees in this field and consults with major companies producing EHR software. He knows the future of EHRs and will provide insights to help you implement this program for your practice. Come with your questions. 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

House repeals health care reform act
ORTHO SuperSite
The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted 245 to 189 to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – a measure President Obama and the Democratic-controlled Senate have already declared will be rejected. The new Republican majority introduced the Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act (H.R. 2) as part of their effort to follow through on campaign promises to overturn the health care reform law enacted last year.More

MicroRNAs could increase amputation risk in diabetics
A new study has discovered that micro-RNA, one of the smallest entities in the human genome, could increase the risk of limb amputation in diabetic patients who have poor blood flow. Andrea Caporali and colleagues at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom have shown in an experimental cell study that conditions mimicking diabetes and a lack of blood supply to a tissue increased a particular miRNA (miRNA-503) and impaired the ability of endothelial cells, which line the interior surface of blood vessels. Micro-RNAs (miRNAs) are small sections of ribonucleic acid (RNA) that can inhibit many genes.More

Survey: Docs skeptical of EHRs, hate reform
Health Data Management
A recent survey of nearly 3,000 physicians shows high levels of displeasure with the Affordable Care Act - and a lot of them don't like electronic health records either. Of the 2,958 physicians surveyed in September, only 39 percent believe EHRs will have a positive effect on the quality of patient care. Twenty-four percent believe EHRs will have a negative effect on quality, and 37 percent forecast a neutral factor.More

Repair or replace
left With baby boomers playing harder and living longer, replacing worn-out joints is more common than ever. Ankle replacement, also called ankle arthroplasty, is gaining in popularity. The complexity of this joint makes it a tough one to successfully replace. Now, a new generation of devices is helping to keep people moving. Some patients are discovering insurance companies cover hip and knee replacements - but not too many ankles.More

Women should not wear heels daily, says podiatrist
High heels should not be worn daily as regular use could cause health issues, according to one expert. Lorraine Jones, of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, said that high heels alters the posture and puts pressure on back and knee joints. "The height of the shoe elevates the leg, which shortens your calf muscles and also means that the front of your foot is pushed into the front of your shoe, which can rub and exacerbate bunions if you already have a genetic predisposition to them," she explained.More