The Foot & Ankle Weekly
Feb. 7, 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. Jensen - today at 9 p.m. ET
Jeffrey Jensen, 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. Jeffrey Jensen serves as dean and professor for the Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine, and has been the principle investigator of more than 35 multi-center-clinical trials for wound care related drugs and medical devices. Most recently, Dr. Jensen founded the medical device company, MedEfficiency, Inc. 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

Diabetes amputations drop dramatically
Medical Daily
The rate of foot and leg amputations as a result of diabetes have has fallen by more than half since the mid-1990s, according to new government research released recently. Amputations were once a common fate for diabetics, but health officials said that the rate of foot and leg amputations among diabetes patients aged 40 and older fell by 65 percent between 1996 and 2008, according to a data analysis by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.More

Current and emerging insights on hammertoe correction
Podiatry Today
Hammertoe correction is one of the most frequently performed procedures for foot and ankle surgeons. Hammertoe digital deformity is characterized by an extension deformity at the metatarsophalangeal joint and a flexion deformity at the proximal interphalangeal joint.More

How your practice can get the most from tech support
American Medical News
Included in almost every practice's health information technology contract is access to a technical support service line. These support lines often are the first place practices turn to when problems arise with an electronic medical record system that no one on staff can seem to crack.More

Adult acquired flatfoot: Nonoperative options
Lower Extremity Review
Adult acquired flatfoot deformity, primarily posterior tibial tendon dysfunction, in many cases can be successfully managed with conservative treatment modalities including early immobilization, long-term bracing, physi­cal therapy, and anti-inflam­matory medications.More

Study identifies skeletal differences between sprinters and non-sprinters
Pennsylvania State University researchers found that spinters have longer bones in their forefeet and less leverage in their Achilles tendons compared to non-sprinters. According to the researchers, the findings could help determine which athletes would make good sprinters and also aid those with a lack of mobility, such as adults or children with cerebral palsy.More

Educating patients about soccer cleat design
Podiatry Today
Dr. Jenny L. Sanders writes, "A competitive soccer player recently came into my office with a new $250 pair of Adidas adiPower Predator TRX FG soccer cleats. When he asked me to evaluate his cleats, I was shocked to discover that they sat everted on the table. New cleats should never do this."More

Biomechanical analysis of ankle sprain 'copers'
Lower Extremity Review
Researchers are investigating why some people develop chronic ankle instabilty after a sprain while others seem to heal normally. Biomechanical differences between the two cohorts may offer clues to the mechanisms underlying CAI and enhance preventive efforts.More

Physicians who give, receive
AAPPM via Physicians Practice
Each year, surgeon John de Csepel spends the bulk of his vacation (about four weeks) as a volunteer trauma surgeon for Doctors Without Borders. He also helps raise money for the organization, and donates to two other charities and his church, in addition to the occasional dollars he gives friends for their charity fundraisers.More

Abnormal muscle activation during gait in diabetes patients with and without neuropathy
Gait & Posture (subscriber only)
The World Health Organization warns that, in 2000, as many as 33 million Europeans suffered from diabetes, approximately 15 percent will likely develop foot ulcers, and approximately 15–20 percent of these patients will face lower-extremity amputation. Changes in some gait parameters that appear to be specific in diabetes have been identified in the literature: shorter stride length, reduced walking speed, and altered lower limb and trunk mobility.More