The Foot & Ankle Weekly
May. 27, 2014

Only 9 days to the exclusively office-based/case-based CME conference - ACFAOM 2014
There is still time to pre-register for the most practical and clinical conference that will help you practice better and smarter - guaranteed. The focus of the conference (June 5-8; Alexandria, Virginia; 26 CMEs) will be on the latest in Biomechanics, Wound Care, Medicine, Imaging, and the Business of Practice, using real cases and national experts to guide you. And an optional workshop on Billing & Coding will update you for 2014 and help you begin a smooth transition to ICD-10 in 2015. For the final program click here.

Registration for 22 CMEs is $499 for non-members and $100 for ACFAOM members (with 4 additional CMEs optional) and 1-day registrations also available. And PICA will discount premiums by 10 percent. Guest rooms are only $199, and the hotel is across the street from Alexandria Amtrak Station and only minutes by Metro from Reagan National Airport and the sights of Washington, D.C. Early June weather is magnificent - so bring the family. For registration and hotel information click here. More

Meet Scott Tafuri, DPM - today at 9 p.m. ET
Dr. Scott Tafuri 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. Tafuri is the past president of the California Podiatric Medical Association and a physician leader at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fremont California Department of Orthopedics. 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

Key pearls for treating Haglund's deformity in runners
Podiatry Today
Pain in the posterior portion of the heel can result from various pathologies such as Haglund's deformity, retrocalcaneal bursitis, insertional Achilles tendinopathy and posterior calcaneal exostosis. Many times, the pain is secondary to a combination of the aforementioned conditions, which can lead to challenges in therapy, especially in choosing the correct surgical pathway if necessary. More

Magic wand? 2 novel systems for diabetic foot enter clinical trials
Medscape (free subscription required)
Two innovative methods to remove dead tissue and control infection in diabetic foot ulcers and chronic wounds have recently entered first-in-human trials. The first, the WoundWand Debridement Device (ArthroCare), uses radiofrequency energy to gently and precisely dissolve soft tissue, while the second, a novel Limb Recovery System (Osprey Medical), delivers a high concentration of antibiotics via percutaneous isolated limb perfusion to the foot only.More

Plaster outranks other pediatric casting materials for moldability
Lower Extremity Review
Sometimes, even when new treatment materials are available, it may be better to rely on traditional options. Such may be the case when it comes to choosing a molding material to form casts for children with clubfoot or fractures. Researchers from the University of Vermont College of Medicine (UVM) in Burlington reached that conclusion after comparing three cast-molding materials. More

Large U.S. Army study: Foot strike doesn't affect injury rate
Runner's World
Important running injury studies are notoriously difficult to conduct. The basic problem is lack of subjects. Most researchers are lucky if they can include a couple dozen runners in their projects. And in general, the smaller the number of subjects, the less meaningful the results. The U.S. Army doesn't have this problem. It not only has multitudes of subjects; it also has powerful motivation to keep those subjects healthy. An injured soldier is a costly, inefficient one. More

Struggling to move: Delving into the pain of osteoarthritis
The Blade
Her foot pain began 15 years ago, leading to a 2002 diagnosis of osteoarthritis, which left her limping and unable to walk for extended periods of time. And it progressively worsened. In time, Deborah Cole Thomas, 60, of Plum, Pa., would undergo surgeries to fuse joints in both feet along with a left-ankle replacement, all from the wear-and-tear form of arthritis. She endured shoulder pain and more recent problems with right-knee pain, which she likens to a knife stab. More

Why telemedicine is the future of healthcare
By Jessica Taylor
Telemedicine is the hottest trend in the healthcare industry, and it is becoming more and more important to healthcare providers and patients around the world. According to medical professionals present at this year's ATA 2014 conference, telemedicine is the future of the healthcare industry. The trend is already backed by many hospitals and major health insurers, and the U.S. government recently endorsed telemedicine through Medicare and Medicaid.More

Study: Good outcomes associated with use of bone graft substitute
Orthopedics Today
Use of an injectable antibiotic eluting bone substitute as an off-the-shelf defect filler in patients with osteomyelitis was safe and associated with good clinical outcomes, according to results of a recently presented study. Between March 2013 and November 2013, Martin McNally, an honorary senior clinical lecturer at the University of Oxford and lead surgeon of the Bone Infection Unit at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford, England, and colleagues treated 41 patients with debridement, implantation of an injectable antibiotic eluting bone substitute (Cerament G, Bonesupport, Lund, Sweden) and soft tissue closure and systemic antibiotics. More

Toenail onychomycosis treated with a fractional carbon-dioxide laser and topical antifungal cream
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Traditional pharmacotherapy for onychomycosis has low to moderate efficacy and may be associated with adverse reactions and medication interactions limiting its use in many patients.More