The Foot & Ankle Weekly
Jun. 19, 2012

Save $100 on ACFAOM 2012 Registration - Early bird deadline is July 9
The early bird deadline for ACFAOM's 2012 Clinical Conference, Oct. 11-14 in Disney World, Fla., is less than a month away! You can save $100 on your registration fee by signing up for the meeting before July 9. This year's conference offers 21 CE contact hours and a full spectrum of in-depth lectures and workshops in the areas of Wound Management, Medicine, Dermatology/Pathology, and Biomechanics, and special sessions/workshops on Lasers in Podiatric Practice, Billing & Coding, EHR & HIPAA Compliance, and Imaging in Podiatric Practice. A new feature this year will be a special surgery track presented by the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons (ASPS). And if you have PICA insurance you can receive a 10 percent discount on your malpractice insurance, which for most more than exceeds the registration cost of the conference. To register online, click here. You can now view the latest Program, make Hotel Reservations, and purchase Disney World tickets. More

Meet Harold Glickman, DPM - today at 9 p.m.
Dr. Harold Glickman, APMA past president and Honorary ACFAOM Member, 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. Glickman serves as Chief of Podiatric Surgery at Sibley Memorial Hospital and is Associate Professor of Surgery at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C. He specializes in sports medicine and is a noted author and lecturer around the country. 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

Why podiatry needs fellowships to take residents to the next level
Podiatry Today
Residency, for most, is the final stage of formal training. A podiatry student's leap into residency signifies the maturing of a young physician and his or her ability to implement the science background into hands-on patient care. For young doctors, residency is a great proving ground where they can gain confidence in their medical abilities. Some find they are talented diagnosticians while others might find they possess a temperament for the operating room or for a subspecialty such as diabetic foot care. Most may find they possess a bit of all of these skill sets. More

Ankle arthroscopy complications prevented with dorsiflexion, 2-portal hindfoot approach
Orthopedics Today
Use of the dorsiflexion method and the two-portal hindfoot approach prevented a significant number of complications in patients undergoing anterior ankle and posterior ankle arthroscopy, according to this study. Between 1987 and 2006, 1,176 patients with a mean age of 33 years underwent 1,305 ankle arthroscopies at the University Hospital of the University of Amsterdam. A two-portal dorsiflexion method with intermittent soft tissue distraction was used during anterior ankle arthroscopy, and a two-portal hindfoot approach was used for posterior ankle arthroscopy. Patients who experienced complications underwent clinical examination and assessment of permanent damage and persisting complaints.More

Diabetes rising rapidly among US kids
Medical Xpress
Diabetes is increasing among U.S. children at an alarming rate, say researchers who report jumps of more than 20 percent since 2001 for Type 2 disease, which is linked to excessive weight and sedentary lifestyles, and Type 1 diabetes, which is an autoimmune disease.More

Keys to treating stress fractures in the endurance athlete
Podiatry Today
Stress fractures represent 4 to 16 percent of running injuries. Fractures occur in 8 percent of the males and 13 percent of the females. The cause of stress fractures is repetitive and sub-maximal loading of the bone. The bone eventually fatigues and a stress fracture occurs. Prolonged stress can lead to a complete fracture. A regular fracture differs from a stress fracture in that no acute trauma has taken place.More

Minimalist footwear: A risky switch for runners?
Lower Extremity Review
For the majority of evolutionary history, runners were either barefoot or wore minimalist footwear lacking the cushioning of today's running shoes. Barefoot or minimally shod runners demonstrate differences in kinematics and impact forces compared with those wearing modern running shoes, and some research suggests barefoot running may confer biomechanical advantages over more cushioned footwear.More

Obesity to rise substantially by 2030
The prevalence of obesity is estimated to rise to 42 percent and severe obesity to 11 percent by 2030, according to a study published online in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, to coincide with presentation at the Weight of the Nation conference, that was held in May, in Washington, D.C. Based on evidence that obesity prevalence may be leveling off, Eric A. Finkelstein, Ph.D., from the Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore, and colleagues used nonlinear regression models to estimate the prevalence of adult obesity and severe obesity through 2030. More

Ouch! 7 out of 10 Irish women wear high heels despite pain
Offaly Express
Seven out of ten (72 percent) Irish women who ever wear high heels will wear them even if they are painful or uncomfortable, according to a new study commissioned by Compeed blister professionals. This figure puts Irish women ahead of their sisters in other European countries when it comes to suffering for their high heels. A separate study reveals that 68 per cent of Danish women will wear high heels even if they cause pain or discomfort, followed by women in Germany (59 percent), U.K. (58 percent), France (53 percent) and Spain (48 percent). More

After SCOTUS healthcare ruling, no middle ground will remain
HealthLeaders Media
When the Supreme Court hands down its decision on whether or not the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is constitutional, Glen Stream, M.D., FAAFP, MBI, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, hopes he'll be in meetings and not making rounds in his clinic in Spokane, Wash. More

Hectic pace pressures medical practices on quality
American Medical News
The physicians, nurses and clerical support staffers in medical offices say the frenetic work pace and high patient volume are making it harder to provide top-notch care. More than 70 percent feel rushed when taking care of patients, and 52 percent say there are too many patients for the number of doctors and other health professionals in the office. Forty-one percent believe their office "has too many patients to be able to handle everything effectively," said an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality survey of 23,679 people working in 934 U.S. medical offices that was released in June.More

5 vital signs for your practice's health
Physician's Practice
Lucien Roberts writes, "Most physicians have a limited amount of time to monitor the fiscal health of their practices. However, it is possible. I use five quick measures to assess how a practice is doing. These five measures - collections, labor cost, new patients, top five CPT codes, and top five referral sources - offer a broad picture of your practice's health. Before reviewing each vital sign in detail, download these two sample spreadsheets to record your own practice data."More

Cost-effectiveness of cryotherapy versus salicylic acid for the treatment of plantar warts: Economic evaluation alongside a randomized controlled trial
Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
Plantar warts (verrucae) are extremely common. Although many will spontaneously disappear without treatment, treatment may be sought for a variety of reasons such as discomfort. There are a number of different treatments for cutaneous warts, with salicylic acid and cryotherapy using liquid nitrogen being two of the most common forms of treatment. To date, no full economic evaluation of either salicylic acid or cryotherapy has been conducted based on the use of primary data in a pragmatic setting. This paper describes the cost-effectiveness analysis which was conducted alongside a pragmatic multicenter, randomized trial evaluating the clinical effectiveness of cryotherapy versus 50 percent salicylic acid of the treatment of plantar warts. More