Foot & Ankle Weekly
June. 8, 2010

Two special focus sessions at ACFAOM 2010, Aug. 26-19, Disney World
Biopsy Techniques and Plastics Procedures (Drs Brad Bakotic and Jason Harrill) will cover the various techniques that are available for sampling lesions of the skin and soft tissue with a "hands-on" workshop on the most useful plastic procedures for post-biopsy excisions on the skin of the foot (Sponsored by Bako Pathology Services). Electronic Medical Records & HIPAA Compliance (Dr. Michael Brody & Warren Melnick, Esq.) will impact the practice podiatric medicine for years to come, and this session will give doctors a full overview of what must be done now and in the future to adapt to this new reality and to protect one's practice (Sponsored by BioMedix). For a video about the meeting, click here. For full program details and to register, click here.More

Economic downturn has upside for your practice
Lower Extremity Review
Call it rose colored glasses, or simply being the eternal optimist. Whatever you call it, historical evidence suggests that certain companies can trace their phenomenal business successes to decisions made during severe recessions. This is not surprising when you consider that business success is often a function of how well a company can distinguish itself from its competitors. The most common response to an economic slowdown (or, in the current case, meltdown) is to run for cover.More

Finding the soft spot: Researcher develops tool to measure tissue damage in the bedridden and paralyzed
Science Daily
There's currently no reliable tool to help prosthetic developers fit artificial limbs without ensuing discomfort or pain, or tell medical personnel when bed-ridden patients need to be moved to avoid bedsores and other problems. But help is now on the way. Professor Amit Gefen of Tel Aviv University's Department of Biomedical Engineering has developed the prototype for a new device he calls the Soft Tissue Stress Monitor, designed to alleviate some of the deep tissue damage and problems suffered by the amputated and infirm. The science behind his device was recently published in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering.  More

New cutting-edge surgery provides relief for people with foot drop
A new surgery that involves an expendable, functioning muscle from the top of the leg and a nerve below the knee can give people with foot drop a new bounce in their step. "Foot drop is a condition where there is weakness in the muscles that raise the foot up at the ankle," said Dr. Kevin Varner, an orthopedic surgeon with The Methodist Hospital in Houston. "People with foot drop are unable to clear their foot from the ground when swinging the foot forward. This condition is often very embarrassing and is usually caused by trauma such as a knee dislocation or penetrating injury that damages the nerve."More

Wright Medical Group, Inc. announces commercial launch of the VALOR Hindfoot Fusion Nail System
Market Watch
Wright Medical Group, Inc., a global orthopaedic medical device company, announced the full commercial launch of the VALOR Hindfoot Fusion Nail -- the most comprehensive and advanced surgical product for fusion of the ankle joint. The system was designed in conjunction with world-renowned foot and ankle surgeons to facilitate ankle fusion in the treatment of skeletal deformity, late-stage arthritis, or complications resulting from diabetes (neuro-osteoarthropathy).More

How to manage friction blisters
Podiatry Today
The most common foot injury in sport remains poorly understood and treatment of this condition still follows the tradition established over 30 years ago. Yet the incidence and disability from this seemingly benign injury continues at rates higher than any other condition affecting the human foot. Every year, over 400,000 people participate in a marathon distance running event in the United States. It has been estimated that up to 39 percent of marathon runners experience a blister during the race. In military training, friction blisters will affect over 40 percent of soldiers while over 50 percent of active backpackers and hikers will be hampered by this condition.More

Middle of the foot an ideal drilling spot following tibialis anterior tendon transfer, study says
The drill hole for a tibialis anterior tendon transfer should be aimed at the middle of the foot in the transverse and longitudinal planes, according to a study presented here. Christof Radler, MD, presented his study at the EFORT Congress 2010. "While treating the hole or passing the sutures through the plantar aspect of the foot, there is the potential of neurovascular damage," Radler said. "So we did a study to evaluate the structures within." More

Your diagnosis?
A coalition is a congenital bridge or bar between adjacent bones. The classification of coalition is defined by both coalition location and type. Coalitions occur most commonly within the tarsal bones of the foot in 1 percent to 2 percent of the population, followed by coalition of the carpal bones and elbow. Ninety percent of tarsal coalitions involve the talocalcaneal and calcaneonavicular joints. Other foot coalitions can occur, but are rare. Coalitions are also classified based on the type of intervening tissue and include osseous, cartilaginous, or fibrous types.More

Medical breakthrough by HMC surgeon
The Peninsula
A Qatar-based doctor has made a major breakthrough in medicine by creating new surgical and scientific procedures to detect and remove foreign bodies which can remain in the feet after injuries. The pioneering technique developed by Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) Orthopaedic Surgeon Mohamed Chaarani can be used to treat puncture wounds of the foot with minimal incision. His research was published by the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine in its international journal of clinical foot science, The Foot, last month.More

How to form a diabetic limb salvage team
Podiatry Today
Patients with diabetes are prone to develop lower extremity ulcerations and infections, both of which serve as major risk factors for lower extremity amputation. The development of lower extremity complications of diabetes is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. It is the multifactorial nature of diabetes that results in limb loss, generally as a consequence of chronic wounds and poor vascular status. Clinical management of diabetic foot disease has significantly improved over the last two decades. Prevention by identifying individuals at high risk has been the most effective way to reduce the socioeconomic burden of the disease. More