The Foot & Ankle Weekly
May. 22, 2012

Save 10 percent on PICA premiums and attend ACFAOM's 2012 Annual Clinical Conference FREE, Oct. 11-14, at Disney World
The American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine's annual clinical conference will present a special session sponsored by PICA that will entitle you to a 10 percent reduction on your premium so you can to attend the conference effectively for FREE. You will be taken through three cases by an experienced malpractice defense attorney who will show you what could have been done to prevent serious legal challenges, and how to apply reasonable risk prevention strategies to all your patient encounters. The conference will be held Oct. 11-14, at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista ( located directly across from Downtown Disney. The focus of the ACFAOM conference will be Wound Management, Medicine, Dermatology/Pathology, and Biomechanics. A new feature this year will be a special surgery track presented by the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons (ASPS), ACFAOM's sister APMA Affiliated Specialty Organization. You cannot afford to miss it.More

Meet Ross Taubman, DPM, Larry DiDomenico, DPM, FACFAOM, and Robert Goldstucker, Esq. - today at 9 p.m. ET
Dr. Ross Taubman, an Honorary ACFAOM member, Dr. Larry DiDomenico, an ACFAOM Fellow, and Mr. Robert Goldstucker, an attorney, 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. Dr. Taubman is the CEO of PICA, and will be joined by PICA attorney Mr. Goldstucker, and Dr. DiDomenico, a podiatric surgeon at Ankle & Foot Care Centers in Ohio. This expert panel will help you avoid common legal challenges in your practice. 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

9 ways social media is impacting the business of healthcare
Healthcare Finance News
According to a recent report by the Health Research Institute at PwC US, nine distinct uses of social media are helping companies to have an impact on the healthcare business, and to take a more active and engaged role in managing individuals' health.More

Childhood obesity contributes to rise of diabetes
Canton Repository
Type 2 diabetes is a disease that once was called adult-onset diabetes. The name becomes less accurate when you consider Type 2 diabetes in children is on the rise, fueled largely by a childhood obesity epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years.More

Removing failed hammertoe implants following nonunion
Podiatry Today
Hammertoe deformity is the most common deformity of the lesser toes, consisting predominantly of flexion contracture at the proximal interphalangeal joint with associated compensatory hyperextension of the metatarsophalangeal joint and distal interphalangeal joint.More

Embezzlement prevention: Checks and balances for everyone
No doctor wants to think that someone as trusted and integral to their practice as their office manager would steal from them, but stories of precisely that happen all too frequently. And it's not just petty cash, in any sense of the term, at stake. But it's hard to screen potential employees for trustworthiness, which is why checks and balances should always be in place to prevent fraud from occurring.More

Taking a team approach to diabetic limb salvage
Lower Extremity Review
Clinicians specializing in preventing foot and lower-limb amputations in diabetes patients have long understood the value of collaboration. Diabetologists and endocrinologists help control patients' glycemic levels, podiatrists and foot surgeons debride and repair wounds and correct underlying deformities, and vascular surgeons improve pedal blood flow, greatly enhancing the body's healing capabilities.More

When lower extremity pain derails an exercise plan in a patient with diabetes
Podiatry Today
A 48-year-old overweight Caucasian female patient presents on referral from her primary care physician regarding pain and discomfort in her feet, arches and heels. She has recently been diagnosed with diabetes mellitus and had started an exercise regimen for weight loss and glycemic control. She began experiencing pain and discomfort in her feet, especially on the right side. Her pain was significant upon standing in the mornings after slumber and after other periods of rest throughout the day.More

Why diabetics are prone to gangrene
The Times of India
Gujarat is known as country's diabetes capital. Experts say diabetics are more prone to developing diabetic foot either due to a compromised blood supply in the leg arteries or neuropathy or loss of sensation in the feet.More

Docs spend years defending malpractice claims
The latest research about medical malpractice cases against physicians reveals both good news and bad--but even the good isn't particularly rosy. According to a research letter published this month in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the vast majority (95.5 percent) of plaintiffs' claims never even reach a jury, with the court dismissing cases 54.1 percent of the time across specialties. Of those that do proceed to court, physicians prevail 79.6 percent of the time, Anupam Jena of Massachusetts General Hospital and colleagues reported.More

Skechers settles suit over Shape-up sneakers
Everyday Health
The fitness benefits of Skechers' Shape-up sneakers, which the company says build muscle by keeping the wearer off balance, may be based on shaky science. Buyers of Skechers Shape-ups or the brand's other toning shoes will be eligible for a partial refund from a $40 million settlement that the company made with the Federal Trade Commission and 42 states recently.More

Recognizing medical practice staff
Physicians Practice
Forget the year-end bonuses. When it comes to recognizing your staff for a job well done, it's often the rewards that cost the least that yield the biggest return. Indeed, while many practices utilize profit-based incentives, Courtney Price, president of VentureQuest, a management consulting firm in Denver, says a strategy that promotes ingenuity, teamwork, and a better patient experience has a far greater impact on corporate culture.More

Effects of foot orthoses: How important is the practitioner?
Gait & Posture via ScienceDirect
Foot orthoses are commonly used in the treatment of numerous lower limb problems, pains and injuries. Whilst many studies report their positive effects, and most practitioners would confirm those findings, the available information appears to be anecdotal. As such, the exact mechanisms in which FO work are not fully understood. Therefore, a need exists to study the influence of the inter-practitioner variability in the assessment of orthoses performance. More