The Foot & Ankle Weekly
Jun. 16, 2015

ACFAOM's 2015 Annual Clinical Conference
ACFAOM's 2015 Annual Clinical Conference will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriott, Orlando, Florida, on July 22. During this 1-day, 8 CECHs, you will be an engaged and active participant in the whole learning process. The faculty members will act as coaches and encourage participants to discuss their own ideas about the cases presented. Adult learning at its best! The response to this NEW form of podiatric CME at our annual meeting last year was extremely positive. "A better way to learn" said one participant. "Why don't we have more educational programs like this" said another. The morning session will focus on BIOMECHANICS, the afternoon on MEDICINE. The conference is FREE to ACFAOM members as a membership benefit, and non-members are welcome for a very nominal fee of $99.More

Open Mic Night with Drs. Barry Block and Bret Ribotsky — today at 9 p.m. ET
Meet the Masters' most popular show where YOU are the star. This is a great opportunity to ask questions, voice your opinion and receive input from two of the most knowledgeable DPM's. Barry Block, DPM, JD is the editor of PM Magazine and the editor of PM News. Bret Ribotsky, DPM is a past president of ACFAOM, international lecturer and researcher for over 20 years and one who has had the opportunity to interview over 300+ luminaries on this show. 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

A randomized controlled trial of custom foot orthoses for the treatment of plantar heel pain: A return to spontaneous physical activity
Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
Up to 10 percent of people will experience heel pain. The purpose of this prospective double-blind randomized clinical trial was to compare custom foot orthoses, prefabricated foot orthoses and sham insole treatment for plantar fasciitis.More

Addressing myths and misconceptions about hallux rigidus
Podiatry Today
Citing emerging insights from the literature, this author raises questions about the pathomechanics of hallux rigidus, challenges perceptions about the involvement of metatarsus primus elevatus and first ray hypermobility and says pain reduction may be the ultimate goal in facilitating optimal, long-term outcomes. More

Hypertension in scleroderma requires immediate treatment, according to new research
Scleroderma News
Algerian researchers have shed further light on the co-existence of hypertension in scleroderma and what it could mean to the progression of the disorder. Scleroderma is chronic hardening of the skin and connective tissues that occurs in the condition systemic sclerosis. Hypertension is another frequent symptom of the disease, one that is particularly concerning because it is often a first sign of eventual renal failure.More

Foot orthoses and patellofemoral pain: Frontal plane effects during running
Lower Extremity Review
Evidence supports the use of foot orthoses for PFP, but their mechanism of action is not well understood. New research suggests the effect of orthoses on timing of frontal plane moments may be an important variable.More

Direct assessment of 3-D foot bone kinematics using biplanar X-ray fluoroscopy and an automatic model registration method
Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
Quantifying detailed 3-dimensional kinematics of the foot in contact with the ground during locomotion is crucial for understanding the biomechanical functions of the complex musculoskeletal structure of the foot. Biplanar X-ray fluoroscopic systems and model-based registration techniques have recently been employed to capture and visualize 3-D foot bone movements in vivo, but such techniques have generally been performed manually.More

Flip flops leave feet prone to injury
They are the unofficial footwear of summer. But those flip flops could be doing a real number on your feet. "Flip flops are more dangerous than traditional sandals and traditional shoes for a number of reasons," says Dr. Lee Firestone, a podiatrist with Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic.More

3 AMA solutions to big physician problems: Will they work?
Several topics that we've discussed frequently in FiercePracticeManagement recently made their way onto the agenda at the American Medical Association's annual meeting. Here is an overview of the AMA's recommendations and policies regarding some of the most pressing issues facing physicians.More