The Foot & Ankle Weekly
Jun. 23, 2015

Interested in having your podiatric assistant certified?
ACFAOM
An ACFAOM Certified Clinical Podiatric Medical Assistant (CCPMA) is able to perform routine nail care, pre-treatment foot exams, collect client health information correctly, setup a sterile field and much more. Click here to learn more about the course and have your assistant register online. $100 off the standard fee of $599 for assistants sponsored by an ACFAOM member. If you need more information before deciding to enroll your assistant, contact Jennifer Mulligan, at jmulligan@acfaom.org or 301-718-6534. More

Meet Warren Joseph, DPM — today at 9 p.m. ET
ACFAOM
Dr. Warren Joseph 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. Joseph is an ID expert! 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

Case series: Glomus tumors in the foot
Foot & Ankle Specialist
Glomus tumors are painful, benign neoplasms that frequently are associated with delayed diagnosis. Commonly in the hand, they rarely present in the foot. The purpose of this case series is to characterize the clinical presentation, radiology, pathology and surgical outcomes associated with foot glomus tumors.More

When a plantar pigmented lesion increases in size with irregular borders and drainage
Podiatry Today
A 61-year-old male with diabetes presents to the clinic reporting a mole on the bottom of his right foot that had increased in size over the past five months. The area is not painful but the patient has a history of peripheral neuropathy. There is no history of trauma. Within the past one to two weeks, the patient noticed some bloody drainage from the area on his sock. The patient denies any difficulty breathing, pruritus, fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or leg pain. More

High heels blamed for huge rise in agonizing foot condition compared to 'walking on razor blades'
The Independent
High heels have been named as the culprit for a huge rise in the number of middle aged women experiencing an agonizing foot condition which has been compared to "walking on razors blades." Morton's neuroma, a condition which disturbs the nerve running between the toes, affects four times as many women as men and the number of people experiencing the affliction has more than doubled in the past 10 years.More

Disabling infection-fighting immune response speeds up wound healing in diabetes
Medical News Today
One of the body's tools for fighting off infection in a wound may actually slow down the healing process, according to new research by a team of Harvard University, Boston Children's Hospital, and Penn State University scientists. In a study published online in Nature Medicine on June 15, the researchers show that they can speed up wound healing in diabetic mice by preventing immune cells called neutrophils from producing structures called NETs (neutrophil extracellular traps) that trap and kill bacteria. More

Dual-task gait: The potential influence of orthotic devices
Lower Extremity Review
Clinicians know walking while performing a secondary task can be particularly difficult for elderly patients or those with neuromuscular impairments. But new research suggests the use of orthotic devices may improve dual-task gait, which could significantly improve quality of life.More

How integrated technology can drive private practice success
FiercePracticeManagement
Over the past few years, there are few trends that have affected the world of practice management more than hospital employment. The numbers are substantial, with some reports predicting that up to two-thirds of U.S. physicians will be employed within the next year or so.More

Communication key to improving physician documentation
Phyician's Practice
Lack of feedback from back to front office on coding issues perpetuates a cycle of denials. Here are five tips to help get claims paid the first time. Poor documentation is a major cause of denied claims but many clinicians don't make the connection between an inaccurate chart note and stagnating revenues. That could be because they don't know what they're doing wrong or how to fix it, according to experts. Reversing the cycle of denials due to poor documentation requires a commitment to communication between front- and back-office staffs. More