Foot & Ankle Weekly
July 5, 2011

Top faculty selected for ACFAOM 2011 - Oct. 27-30, Disney World
The faculty for ACFAOM's Annual Clinical Conference, Oct. 27-30 at Disney World, includes top names in medicine, wound management, biomechanics, dermatology, pathology, ultrasound, billing & coding, HIPPA compliance, EHRs, and more. Combined with an innovative curriculum and teaching methodology (including hands-on workshops) you are guaranteed to leave the conference with many pearls (clinical and business) to apply to your practice immediately. Plan on learning from Drs. Jeff Robbins, Marshall Solomon, Jonathan Labovitz, Kevin Kirby, Simon Spooner (U.K.), Bruce Williams, Jason Hanft, Robert Snyder, Bradley Bakotic, Allen Jacobs, Barry Block, Michael Brody, Michael Warshaw, and many more. 21 CMEs. For a Program Flyer, Registration, Call for Abstracts, Hotel Reservations, Disney World tickets, and to hear what attendees thought of last year's conference click here.More

Global lessons improve amputation prevention
Lower Extremity Review
Amputation risk in patients with diabetes has always been a global challenge. Increasingly, amputation prevention efforts are also going global, as practitioners from both developed and developing nations learn from each other's successes. The human and economic costs of diabetes-related lower extremity amputations are high. The mortality rate - about 50 percent five years after amputation - exceeds that of many cancers and experts estimate that in 2007 U.S. expenditures for foot ulceration and amputations were more than $30 billion.More

Meet Dr. Poggio - today at 9 p.m. ET
Anthony Poggio, DPM, 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. Poggio, who practices in Alameda, Calif., has been instrumental in improving policy language on foot and ankle issues. He is a noted speaker on both Medicare and compliance topics. A certified medical examiner, Dr. Poggio has served as a consultant for a number of third-party payers and insurers and has chaired the California association's Medicare Committee for a decade. 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

Barefoot running leads to injury 'epidemic' - how to avoid it
The Independent
Minimalist running shoes are a major trend, but experts are reporting a rise in barefoot running-related foot injuries. But don't blame the shoes, some say, blame your feet. American podiatrists and running clinics are reporting a "stark" influx of hobbled runners thanks to the barefoot trend, cites, which describes the rise in foot injuries as an "epidemic." More

Extensor digitorum brevis transfer for crossover toe increases motion, while avoiding complications
The crossover toe deformity, defined by sagittal and/or horizontal plane instability of the second toe, is a variant of a clawtoe or hammertoe deformity. Patients with a crossover toe may also present with a hammertoe or clawtoe component. However, if they are treated for a hammertoe or clawtoe in isolation without the ligament instability about the metatarsophalangeal joint being addressed, recurrence of deformity is common.More

What is the most effective treatment for mucoid cysts?
Podiatry Today
Dr. William Fishco writes, "I am sure you have had your fair share of frustration with mucoid cysts in the past. We have all tried office-based treatments. Unfortunately, excision, cauterization, steroid injections and the like just do not work. It is unsettling for both you and your patient when the patient returns due to recurrence of the cyst. Mucoid cysts have been well described in the literature and are commonly known as synovial cysts, periarticular fibromas, myxoid cysts, ganglion cysts, mucinous pseudocysts and mucous cysts."More

Wound treating stem cell gel for patients with diabetic foot ulcers
Physical Therapy Products
A recent Phase II clinical trial of a wound healing stem cell gel found that the product promoted healing in 73 percent of patients with diabetic foot ulcers, compared to 46 percent treated with a placebo. The gel, DSC127, is an analog of a naturally occurring peptide, Angiotensin. It has been shown to increase keratinocyte proliferation, increase extracellular matrix production, and increase vascularization.More

Stands to reason
Staten Island Advance
They start arriving shortly after the warm weather begins and don't stop until the summer heat ends. They're the flip-flop wearers who visit local podiatrists in droves during a season, in which they put strain on their feet and ankles by wearing the sandals that have become a staple of laid-back summer style.More

Killer pumps: Dangers of high heel shoes
Arab News
Think you need a new pair of high-heeled bejeweled Louboutins? Think again. Many women are obsessed with high heels even if they are painful. Many of them think that high heels indicate higher status. However, this status is worthless if old age is filled with leg and back pain. Experts and doctors have been discussing the reasons why women should stop wearing heels and replace them with comfortable shoes.More

The effect of foot structure on first metatarsophalangeal joint flexibility and hallucal loading
Gait & Posture
Foot structure, characterized by the height of the medial longitudinal arch, has been postulated to play an important role in lower extremity biomechanics and the possible development of musculoskeletal pathology. In particular, low arch foot structure has been linked with the development of osteoarthritis of the first metatarsophalangeal joint.More