Foot & Ankle Weekly
July 6, 2010

Register for the ACFAOM Annual Clinical Conference (Aug. 26-29) by next Wednesday and save
Save $50-100 when you register by July 14 for the annual clinical conference of the American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel located in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., across from Downtown Disney. The program covers the scope of contemporary podiatric practice with the latest on Chronic Wound Management, Orthotic Therapy, Basic Surgical Skills, Skin Biopsy & Plastic Surgery, Diagnostic Ultrasound, and Electronic Medical Records, HIPAA Compliance, and Billing & Coding, with "hands-on" workshops and 25 CMEs. To watch a video about the conference click here. For program details, hotel accommodations, Disney World tickets, and to register on line, click here. If you have questions, call 301-718-6536. More

Hind-foot correction and stabilization by pins in plaster after surgical release of talipes equino varus feet in older children
7th Space Interactive
Congenital talipes equino varus (CTEV) is a three dimensional deformity and is one of the most common congenital abnormalities affecting the lower limb and can be challenging to manage. Hind-foot deformity is considered the most difficult to treat. Unfortunately, the calcaneus is often small and thus difficult to control during casting after surgical release in severe or relapsed cases. We used three pins to control and maintain the hind foot correction, after surgical release, during casting in 47 cases (59 feet).More

Out on a Limb: Thinking globally
Lower Extremity Review
There are a lot of reasons you might not want to leave the country these days. Terrorism. The economy. Language barriers. Maybe you just feel there's no need – you can have a perfectly good vacation, and even update your professional credentials at the same time, without the hassle of renewing your passport or trying to remember where you put the darned thing.More

Leeches and maggots: Doctors' old-fashioned little helpers
Cleveland Live
Most people's visceral response to leeches and maggots is revulsion. That can change quickly when this old-fashioned medicine saves your finger, your foot or, possibly, your life. Doctors and surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals and MetroHealth medical centers don't commonly talk about it, but the hospitals do employ leeches and, to a lesser degree, maggots, when medically necessary. They are part of a specialty known as biotherapy.More

Wet workout beats heat, high impact
The Montreal Gazette
Too hot to exercise? Jump in the pool for a great summer workout that does more than keep you cool when the weather heats up. You don't have to be a swimmer to reap the benefits of water exercise. Runners, walkers, cyclists and sports enthusiasts like soccer, hockey, volleyball and basketball players can use the unique properties of water to gain fitness benefits similar to those achieved on land.More

On your toes
Suffolk News-Herald
If you have back, shoulder, hip, neck and even knee pain, the root of the problem might not be where you think. The source of many aches and pains all the way up the body can be flat feet. As with most disorders, flat feet has varying degrees of deformity, disabilities and types. The basic problem is the partial or total collapse of the arch. More

Shock wave therapy effective for chronic heel pain in randomized, prospective trial
Ortho SuperSite
Visual Analog Scale pain scores at 12 months post-treatment dropped 7.5 points from baseline and those patients reported no major adverse events. Investigators for a multicenter study found that extracorporeal shock wave therapy safely and effectively reduced recalcitrant chronic plantar heel pain, according to findings from their randomized placebo-controlled trial. More

Medicare: New program to save patients 32% on devices
The Wall Street Journal
Medicare beneficiaries are expected to save 32 percent on costs for medical devices in nine U.S. metropolitan areas in the first round of a new competitive bidding program. The program, which also is expected to save the government more than $17 billion over 10 years, will be used to determine the price that Medicare pays for medical equipment, such as prosthetics, orthotics and supplies. It replaces the current fee schedule amounts with market-based prices.More

Top 10 innovations in podiatric care
Podiatry Today
In this annual look at emerging podiatric technologies and products, the author consults various podiatrists on the benefits of a wound debridement system, an ankle implant, surgical devices, an orthotic casting system, a new method of pathogen detection and more.More

Surgical site infection risk in patients with diabetes
Lower Extremity Review
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is an increasing challenge for the medical community. It is estimated that 23.6 million people are afflicted in the United States; accounting for approximately 7.8 percent of the population. Nearly one third of persons with diabetes are unaware that they have DM. Often this disease is not diagnosed until patients present with complications of the disease. The incidence of DM has increased 30 percent over the past five years, and nearly 25 percent of the United States population over the age of 60 has DM.More

Ease leg pain, improve appearance
The Clarion-Ledger
When warm weather came, Angela Snodgrass shunned wearing shorts. Only Capris. They covered up the unattractive veins in her legs. As a physical therapist and mother of two young children, she's on her feet a lot. Since her first pregnancy years ago, she had itching, ankle swelling and dull, aching pains in her legs. At work, she took breaks from standing by sitting on a stool. At home, she couldn't stand up after showering to finish getting ready for work due to pain in her calves.More

A revolutionary sneaker, or overhyped gimmick?
USA Today
They are, advertisements say, a game-changer in athletic footwear: sneakers that are supposed to tone muscles, promote healthy weight loss and improve the posture of those who walk, work or shop in them. The makers of "toning shoes" say the shoes can help give wearers more shapely butts, legs and abs, often without the need for gym workouts.More