Foot & Ankle Weekly
April 20, 2010

Dr. Harkless to give keynote address at ACFAOM 2010
Lawrence Harkless, DPM, FACFAOM, Founding Dean, College of Podiatric Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, Ca., and international expert on diabetes and would management, will give the keynote address to open ACFAOM 2010 (Aug. 26-29, Orlando, Fla.) His talk, 'Innovation and Integration: The Future of Podiatric Medical Education', will present the latest approaches to podiatric medical education as an integrated health profession consistent with the goals of Vision 2015. Dr. Harkless will also be a faculty member for the 8-hour track on Chronic Wound Management, consisting of a series of 20-minute clinically focused lectures and four associated hands-on workshops. Other tracks include Recent Advances in Orthotic Therapy, Basic Surgical Skills, Skin Biopsy & Plastic Surgery Techniques, Diagnostic Ultrasound, EMRs & HIPAA, and Billing & Coding. To view the preliminary program click here.More

Eat some fat: avoid injury
True Slant
An article in Running Times explored the correlation between fat consumption and running performance. While some Kenyan males were able to maintain a high level of training on an extremely low-fat diet, studies have shown that in general, a healthy dose of fat can go a long way in preventing injury.More

Leg length and osteoarthritis
Brain Blogger
At least 20 million people in the United States have osteoarthritis. This prevalent type of arthritis is most simply age-related wear-and-tear of joints. As people age, cartilage that protects the body's joints breaks down, leading to joint pain and stiffness. Osteoarthritis normally appears after middle age and can cause significant disability if not treated.More

San Antonio, podiatrist introduces new minimally invasive Treatment for heel pain
Millions of Americans complain of heel pain, which is usually caused by plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a condition in which the plantar fascia (ligament that runs from your heel to the toes) becomes inflamed. This condition can be very painful and cause considerable amount of suffering. According to podiatrists conditions such as stress fractures, tendonitis, arthritis and nerve irritation can also lead to heel pain.More

Keeping MRSA in check: Are you doing enough?
Lower Extremity Review
Before he visits inpatients at Ben Taub Hospital in Houston, Jeffrey Ross, DPM, MD, usually doffs his jacket and his tie, then puts on latex gloves. Ross, chief of the hospital's diabetic foot clinic, also wears surgical greens almost all the time he's in his office. Doctors in the U.K. are adapting to a new dress code promulgated by health secretary Alan Johnson, instructing them to get rid of long-sleeved shirts and lab coats, and lose their neckties to boot. They can still wear bow ties if they insist on having something around their necks other than a stethoscope, however.More

Newly launched Web site for spring hill podiatrist makes foot care easy for patients
24-7 Press Release
Dr. Charles Chapel of Chapel Podiatry, a leading podiatrist in Brooksville and Spring Hill, Fla., has recently launched his brand-new, comprehensive practice Web site. Patients can now conveniently visit the Web site to access an array of educational information on foot care. "The Internet is huge. From locating food and shopping centers to researching medical problems, people everywhere are logging onto the Web every hour of the day to obtain information," said Dr. Charles Chapel of Chapel Podiatry. "Patients are also looking for professional foot care.More

Vanquishing the 'fiery serpent'
FOX Toledo
It started as an itch on James Madol's right ankle and festered. Two days later, the boy cried when he saw a thin white worm emerge. "I didn't know what it was," says Madol, who was around 5 at the time. The worm slowly slithered from his ankle, secreting toxins that felt "like fire burning." Even after the worm was removed, Madol couldn't walk for months.More

Practice management tip of the day
Podiatry Management Online
Offering more -- and better -- praise to your employee's costs you nothing but a little time and attention. The return on that minimal investment can be enormous. When you succeed in making praise a part of your workplace routine, expect to see the following benefits: Morale rises. When employees have tangible evidence that someone notices and appreciates them, they start to feel better about coming to work each day.More

Stem-cell therapy feels Food and Drug Administration's pinch
The Denver Post
To 62-year-old Hal Kaye, the injection of his own stem cells into his battered ankle was a miracle cure that saved him from debilitating surgery. To the Food and Drug Administration, the treatment pioneered by a Broomfield, Colo., doctor appears to be a misuse of a drug that requires licensing and federal scrutiny before it's used on patients.More

Study suggests treating wounds with patented medical honey dressing makes healing affordable for uninsured patient population
Using a particular brand of medical honey dressing may be a safe, effective and low-cost method of treating chronic, non-healing wounds in indigent patients, according to a poster presented at the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care and the Wound Healing Society, an international conference drawing clinicians from all over the globe, which was held in Orlando, Fla.More

Don't always have your noses up. Look down at your feet too!
Media for Freedom.
On an average, a person walks a distance of more than three trips round the earth in one life time. With such high demands on our dainty feet, quality foot care is essential. This is exactly what the recently organized midterm Continuing Medical Education meeting on the 'High Risk Diabetic Foot' was about. It was a meeting of the brains, to deliberate about the feet.More

Early identification of foot and lower limb stress fractures using diagnostic ultrasonography: A review of 3 cases
The Foot and Ankle Online Journal
Early identification of the presence of stress fractures of the foot is often dependent upon clinical history and pattern of symptoms. The delay between presentation with symptoms and the confirmation of positive findings using plain film radiograph, or the invasive and more complex nature of bone scans or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can act as a deterrent to investigation. In contrast, the use of diagnostic ultrasonography in early detection of stress fractures of the foot and lower limb may offer a rapid and non-invasive technique for assessment and identification.More

Age, drinking raise women's gout risk
Women have a lower risk of developing gout than men, even when they have the same blood levels of the chemical that causes the painful, inflammatory arthritis, new research shows. Gout has traditionally been thought of as a disease of older men, but older women get it, too. A recent national health survey found that about 4 percent of women in their 60s and 6 percent of those in their 80s had gout. More