The Foot & Ankle Weekly
Mar. 3, 2015

ACFAOM 2015: Wednesday, July 22, Orlando, Florida
ACFAOM’s 2015 Annual Clinical Conference will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriot, Orlando, Florida. This 1-day, 8 CECHs, interactive program will follow the same very successful educational format introduced at last year’s Annual Clinical Conference. And it is FREE to ACFAOM members as a membership benefit. We are collaborating with APMA this year to present a case based, office based, and evidence based educational program the day before the APMA Annual Scientific Meeting. This will not be the usual passive education provided at most podiatric conferences. You will be an engaged and active participant in the whole learning process. The faculty members act as coaches, and encourage participants to present their own ideas about the cases presented.More

Meet Joel Morris, DPM and Bryan Markinson, DPM - today at 9 p.m. ET
Drs. Joel Morris and Bryan Markinson will be the guests on today's Meet the Masters audio-conference (at 9 p.m. ET) with host, and former ACFAOM president, Dr. Bret Ribotsky. They will be discussing what makes a profitable patient, not just in money, but also in satisfaction and appreciation of the skill each DPM brings into the treatment room. They will answer what, where and how to learn it while learning how to thrive with this knowledge at we practice outstanding care for our patients. 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

Ultrasound treatment may be option for plantar fasciitis
U.S. News & World Report
An ultrasound technique is showing early promise as a quick and minimally invasive treatment for the common and painful foot condition known as plantar fasciitis. The finding is based on a short-term study involving just 65 patients, the researchers noted.More

New risk score for amputation in infected diabetic foot ulcers
Medscape (free registration required)
A new risk score for amputation in patients with infected diabetic foot ulcers that could be used easily in daily practice has been developed, with the researchers claiming it may have better prognostic accuracy than the current International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF) classification system.More

High, inside starting point and intramedullary reaming are keys for Jones fracture fixation in athletes
Orthopedics Today
Jones fractures are fractures of the proximal fifth metatarsal metaphyseal-diaphyseal junction that are common in young athletic populations, particularly elite athletes. The poor blood supply to the fifth metatarsal has been well documented, and Jones fractures develop along a watershed area between the intramedullary nutrient and metaphyseal arteries. Surgical fixation is indicated in cases of failed nonoperative treatment, re-fracture, nonunion or when more rapid recovery is required typically in active individuals.More

Alterations in the lower limb joint moments precede the peripheral neuropathy diagnosis in diabetes patients
Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics
Changes in gait patterns in individuals with diabetes and neuropathy are still inconclusive. Our aim was to identify differences in the net intralimb moments distribution and lower limb kinematics during gait in different stage of diabetes.More

Reemphasizing the importance of watching your patients walk
Podiatry Today
With a busy schedule and trying to keep up with your record keeping, it sometimes becomes very routine to only examine a patient’s foot in a static position. Unfortunately, it is easy to become narrow minded and solely focus on the foot. In doing so, many of us may even fail to have the patient stand up and bear weight on the foot. Just as important as simple weightbearing is watching your patient walk.More

4 ways to better serve aging patients
It can be a challenge to treat elderly patients with complex needs and few physicians have specialized training in geriatrics. But the baby boomers are coming. By 2030, the over-65 population will be triple the size it was in 1980, according to a Medscape article that examines ways in which the industry has thus far underserved older patients.More

The association of foot structure and footwear fit with disability in children and adolescents with Down syndrome
Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
Foot deformity, flat feet, and the use of ill-fitting footwear are common in children and adolescents with Down syndrome (DS). The aim of this study was to determine whether these observations are associated with foot-specific disability in this group.More

When should you operate on the Charcot foot?
Podiatry Today
Following a delayed diagnosis of Charcot foot, physicians may turn to surgery to salvage the limb although there are debates surrounding the timing of surgery. In a thorough review of the literature, this author reviews the impact of Eichenholtz staging upon treatment interventions and weighs the pros and cons of arthrodesis and exostectomy procedures. More

Social media do's and don'ts for medical practices
Physician's Practice
Don't avoid social media just because of HIPAA fears. Social networking, done right, can bring multiple benefits to your practice. Patients have come to expect unprecedented access to their physicians, especially through technology-based means; a large part of that is social media. However, many physicians are leery of wading into uncharted waters that have the potential to open them up to legal risk and possibly blemish their reputation. Yet refusing to embrace social media could ultimately harm your practice. Younger tech-savvy patients expect to see their physicians’ online. If they don't, they may choose to leave your practice for one that has a more robust online presence. More

Outcomes of neuroischemic wounds treated by a multidisciplinary amputation prevention service
Annals of Vascular Surgery
Multidisciplinary amputation prevention teams decrease the frequency of major amputations by increasing the use of revascularization procedures and minor amputations. The outcomes of wound healing, wound recurrence, and ambulatory status are assumed to be improved but are not routinely reported. This study investigates the mid-term outcomes of neuroischemic wounds treated by our multidisciplinary team.More