The Foot & Ankle Weekly
Feb. 26, 2013

ACFAOM name change survey
As you now know, our affiliated certifying board has recently adopted a new name - the American Board of Podiatric Medicine (or ABPM), previously known as the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine (or ABPOPPM).

ACFAOM's Board of Directors would like input from those of you who are members of the College on whether a name change for ACFAOM would be appropriate. So we are asking that you take just a minute of your time to complete our short survey exploring the possibilities of a name change. You should have received an email with a link to the survey on Thursday, Feb. 21. As always, your input is valued highly and always appreciated. The survey deadline is Friday, March 8.

If you are interested in joining ACFAOM, or want to learn more about the organization, visit our website at Or click here to join now.More

Meet Michael Robinson, DPM - today at 8 p.m. ET
Dr. Michael Robinson will be the guest on today's Meet the Masters audio-conference (at 8 p.m. ET) with host, and former ACFAOM president, Dr. Bret Ribotsky. Dr. Robinson is a past president of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM) and served on ACFAOM's Board of Directors. He currently practices at Sports Podiatric Resource, Inc. in Brookline, Mass., where he specializes in sports-related injuries to the foot and ankle. 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

Modifying patient factors can lower post-ankle fracture infection risk
Orthopedics Today
In this study, Finnish researchers identified significant patient-related risk factors for deep surgical site infection after treatment for ankle fracture, such as diabetes, alcohol abuse, fracture dislocation and soft-tissue injury.More

Bunion cases growing in younger patients
Who would have thought that a high school freshman would get hit with bunions? "Even walking or with sports, it started to hurt really bad," Jocelyn Marko, of North Huntingdon, Pa., said. With her many sports activities, having a bunion was debilitating.More

Habitual wearers of high-heeled shoes lack ankle dorsiflexion range of motion
Lower Extremity Review
Long-term wear of high-heeled shoes leads to significant alterations in ankle range of motion and muscle strength, according to researchers from the Republic of Korea. Investigators from Korea University in Seoul analyzed barefoot ankle mechanics in 10 young women who reported that they wore high-heeled shoes regularly (at least three days a week for the previous six months) and 10 young women who wore high heels less frequently.More

Health world braces for sequester
The Hill
Every corner of the healthcare world has something - and potentially a lot - to lose from the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts set to hit the government on March 1. Doctors and hospitals say the sequester's Medicare cuts will cost their industries more than 200,000 jobs just this year. More

Too tight shoes can cause major health problems
Too tight shoes are often the cause of a trip to the podiatrist. Dr. Joseph Dupper said he sees the consequences all the time. "Obviously, you're going to run into issues with pain. One of the things we see in people with tight shoes are ingrown toenails from the nails getting squeezed by the shoe," he said.More

No consensus on a common cause of foot pain
The New York Times
There are more charismatic-sounding sports injuries than plantar fasciitis, like tennis elbow, runner's knee and turf toe. But there aren't many that are more common. The condition, characterized by stabbing pain in the heel or arch, sidelines up to 10 percent of all runners, as well as countless soccer, baseball, football and basketball players, golfers, walkers and others from both the recreational and professional ranks. The Lakers star Kobe Bryant, the quarterback Eli Manning, the Olympic marathon runner Ryan Hall and the presidential candidate Mitt Romney all have been stricken.More

Novice runners use rearfoot strike pattern when wearing typical shoes
Lower Extremity Review
Unlike experienced runners, almost all novice runners tend to use a rearfoot strike pattern when wearing a conventional running shoe, according to a Danish study e-published in January by Gait & Posture. Researchers from Aarhus University in Aalborg, Denmark, evaluated footstrike patterns in 903 novice runners, all of whom wore the same conventional style of running shoe, as they ran on an indoor track. Video analysis revealed that 96.9 percent of the 456 male participants and 99.3 percent of the 447 female participants used a rearfoot strike pattern.More

Medicare reverses the height requirement for AFO devices
Podiatry Today
Thankfully, clear minds have prevailed. Medicare has rescinded its recent policy that would have required ankle foot orthotic devices to reach the head of the fibula. Practitioners can still prescribe prefabricated and custom AFOs that extend above the ankle joint without a height requirement.More

Stay interviews: How to keep medical practice staff on the job
Physician's Practice
Even Americans who are lucky enough to be working in this economy are becoming unhappy with their jobs. According to 2011 version of the Conference Board Job Satisfaction Survey, in which researchers interviewed 5,000 households, only 47 percent of Americans are satisfied with their work. To make matters worse, many employers take their employees for granted by saying they should be grateful to have any job in this economy.More

Changes in windlass effect in response to different shoe and insole designs during walking
Gait & Posture
Windlass effect occurs during the pre-swing phase of gait cycle in which the peak tensile strain and force of the plantar aponeurosis (PA) is reached. The increased dorsiflexion angle of the 1st metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint is the main causing factor. More