The Foot & Ankle Weekly
May. 28, 2013

ACFAOM members register before June 1 and save $200 at the ACFAOM 2013 Annual Clinical Conference in Las Vegas, July 21-25
ACFAOM has designated the APMA 2013 Annual Scientific Meeting (The National) as its annual meeting this year. ACFAOM members who attend The National will receive a $100 rebate on their registration fee directly from ACFAOM following confirmed participation and attendance at the meeting. Also, if you register in May you will receive an additional $100 rebate from APMA.

The ACFAOM highlights at the conference will be a preconference hands-on ultrasound workshop, ACFAOM membership meeting/reception, and a special session "Applying Biomechanics to Patients' Surgical Evaluation, Radiographic Assessment, Wound Care, Rehabilitation, and Pedorthics." This session will be presented by Drs. Kathleen Satterfield, Stephen Albert, Daniel Evans, Jason Harrill, and Kirk Geter.

Register by this Friday, May 31 and save $200 if you are an ACFAOM member. Can you afford to miss The National? Register today!More

Meet Richard Daryl Phillips, DPM - today at 9 p.m. ET
Dr. Richard Daryl Phillips 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. Phillips is a Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and is Podiatry Team Leader at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Orlando, Fla. 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

Ankle replacement revisited: Positive outcomes include younger patients
Lower Extremity Review
Total ankle replacement is growing in popularity, as an increasing number of studies suggest that the procedure’s outcomes rival those of ankle fusion - perhaps even in patients previously thought to be poor candidates for TAR.More

Do foot orthoses cause muscle weakness?
Podiatry Today
One of the many unsubstantiated claims that barefoot/minimalist running advocates make is the assertion that foot orthotics cause muscle weakness in the feet and legs. A simple review of the medical literature reveals the opposite effect. Researchers have measured that foot orthoses actually cause positive trends in muscle activity during gait.More

EHR adoption reaches 'tipping point' but challenges remain
MedCity News
The Department of Health and Human Services marked a milestone this week, announcing more than 50 percent of eligible providers have adopted or used electronic health records - a goal for 2013. But even as providers ramp up their systems to satisfy Meaningful Use requirements, they face several challenges.More

Increase in doctors' pay for Medicaid services off to a slow start
The Washington Post
The Obama administration's strategy of enticing more ­primary-care doctors to treat the poor by raising Medicaid reimbursement rates is off to a slow start. Only a handful of states, including Maryland, have begun paying doctors at the higher rates, which average a 73 percent increase nationally. That's because the administration did not issue the rules until November, and state officials say they haven't had time to make changes and get the federal government to approve them. More

New data highlights urgent crisis posed on US healthcare system by DFUs and VLUs
Organogenesis Inc., a commercial leader in the field of regenerative medicine, presented new data generated in collaboration with a team of expert economists from Analysis Group (a leading health economics consultancy) demonstrating the significant healthcare resource and economic burden that diabetic foot ulcers and venous leg ulcers place upon the U.S. healthcare system.More

Many can blame family for their bunions
If you've got bunions, chances are others in your family suffer from the common foot disorder, with a new study finding the condition is often passed down from parents to children.More

Plasminogen supports treatment of diabetic foot ulcers
Plasminogen, a plasma protein, can be used as a novel medicine for chronic wound treatment to prevent amputation in patients with diabetic foot ulcers, according to a doctoral thesis by Yue Shen, of the Industrial Doctoral School and Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics at Umeå University, in Umeå, Sweden.More

Essential insights on the medial slide calcaneal osteotomy
Podiatry Today
Both pediatric and adult-acquired flatfoot deformities, particularly posterior tibial tendon dysfunction stage II, remain difficult to treat and there is much controversy in regard to the optimal form of treatment.More

5 ways to get claims paid at your medical practice
Physician's Practice
Managing insurance accounts receivable (A/R) is certainly a war. Not only do you face battles on the home front in making sure you have all the pertinent information to be able to file the claim, but you fight many battles abroad with the insurance company once the claim goes out the door. Many of these battles center on whether or not the claim even arrived, in addition to the ones you fight over correct payment when the claims are received. There is hope, however, for the battle-weary warriors.More

The effect of flexor tenotomy on healing and prevention of neuropathic diabetic foot ulcers on the distal end of the toe
Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
Flexor tenotomy is a minimally invasive surgical alternative for the treatment of neuropathic diabetic foot ulcers on the distal end of the toe. The influence of infection on healing and time to heal after flexor tenotomy is unknown. Flexor tenotomy can also be used as a prophylactic treatment. The effectiveness as a prophylactic treatment has not been described before.More