The Foot & Ankle Weekly
Jul. 8, 2014

Why charging patients for a biomechanical evaluation makes sense
Podiatry Today
Let’s face it. Insurance reimbursements are shrinking while the costs of maintaining a successful podiatry practice are increasing. Critical to surviving in this challenging environment is finding ways to increase revenue sources without increasing overhead or staff costs.More

Meet Dr. Severko Hrywnak - today at 9 p.m. ET
Dr. Severko Hrywnak 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. Hrywnak is a board certified physician, podiatrist and a successful businessman who developed multi-million dollar commercial, residential, and medical complexes in the Chicago area. 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

Arthrodesis may be better indicated after failed TAR than re-arthroplasty
Orthopedics Today
With the increased use of total ankle arthroplasty worldwide and many available prosthesis options, foot and ankle surgeons have turned their attention to the best course for revising these prostheses. Component exchange is sometimes possible, as is re-arthroplasty.More

Association between diabetic foot ulceration and premature death
Diabetes in Control
Diabetes is an established risk factor for several causes of death, including ischemic heart disease, stroke, renal disease, infectious diseases and several cancers. Estimates based on analysis of 123,205 deaths among 820,200 individuals suggest an adjusted hazard ratio of 1.80 (Confidence interval 95 percent) for death from any cause compared to persons without diabetes.More

Plantar fasciitis: Is 'basketball heel' to blame for Obama's foot pain?
The Huffington Post
Obama has plantar fasciitis (heel pain), according to his presidential health exam, and perhaps basketball has something to do with it. It is well-known that Obama plays basketball regularly, and now joins the ranks of the many NBA players with the painful condition. In recent years, plantar fasciitis has been getting a tremendous amount of press as the condition has sidelined several NBA stars.More

Court: Physicians not liable for patients' risky behavior
In malpractice cases, patients can be held at least partially responsible when their own risky behaviors contribute to bad outcomes, even if knowledge of those behaviors comes from a third party, according to a recent Colorado Supreme Court ruling.More

Addressing the biomechanics of stage II adult-acquired flatfoot
Podiatry Today
Given the common presentation of adult-acquired flatfoot in podiatric practice, this author discusses the pathomechanics of the condition, offers diagnostic insights on the spring ligament and the heel raise test, and shares perspectives from the literature on the efficacy of treatment interventions.More

5 missteps to avoid when communicating electronically with patients
Physician's Practice
Communicating electronically with patients is fast and easy, but it comes with some big risks. Here, Robin Diamond, MSN, JD, RN, senior vice president and chief patient safety officer for medical malpractice insurer The Doctors Company, identifies five things physicians should not do when communicating to patients using electronic communications.More

Foot posture, leg length discrepancy and low back pain – Their relationship and clinical management using foot orthoses – An overview
The Foot
Mechanical low back pain (LBP) is a very common, expensive, and significant health issue in the western world. Functional musculoskeletal conditions are widely thought to cause mechanical low back pain. The role of foot posture and leg length discrepancy in contributing to abnormal biomechanics of the lumbopelvic region and low back pain is not sufficiently investigated. This critical review examines the evidence for the association between foot function, particularly pronation, and mechanical LBP. More