Foot & Ankle Weekly
July 12, 2011

'Total Immersion' in Wound Management, Applied Biomechanics, Medicine, Dermatology, Pathology, and more - register online by Aug. 22 and save $120
ACFAOM's 2011 Annual Clinical Conference, Total Immersion, designed by practicing doctors for practicing doctors, will be held Oct. 27-30 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, on the campus of Disney World. Enjoy three-hour tracks of 20-minute clinical lectures and associated three-hour 'hands-on' workshops on the latest in wound management, orthotic therapy, dermatology, medicine, plus sessions on ultrasound, billing & coding, HIPAA and EHRs. Everything you need to be a great clinician and successful practice owner. The faculty includes Drs. Jeff Robbins, Marshall Solomon, Jonathan Labovitz, Kevin Kirby, Simon Spooner (UK), Bruce Williams, Jason Hanft, Robert Snyder, Bradley Bakotic, Allen Jacobs, Barry Block, Michael Brody, Michael Warshaw, and many more. 21 CMEs at less than $9/credit. Save $120 by registering online by Aug. 22. For details click here!More

Predicting flexible flatfoot symptoms
Lower Extremity Review
Although there is wide agreement on the treatment of symptomatic patients, clinicians are still challenged to differentiate between the physiologic and pathological manifestations of asymptomatic flexible flatfoot. Asymptomatic physiologic flexible flatfoot is normal and self-correcting, whereas its pathological counterpart leads to a cluster of structural problems as children age, put on weight, and participate in organized sports and other physical activities.More

Foot position during walking, running may influence ankle sprains
The position of the foot just before ground contact during running and walking may put individuals at risk for ankle sprains, according to a study published in the June online edition of the American Journal of Sports Medicine. Cathleen Brown Crowell, Ph.D., ATC, a University of Georgia kinesiology researcher, found patients with a history of repetitive ankle sprains demonstrated lower clearance heights between their feet and the floor during running - and were more likely to point their toes downward while walking.More

Report: Obesity rates continue to climb in US
Occupational Health & Safety
Adult obesity rates increased in 16 states in the past year and did not decline in any state, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011, a report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Twelve states now have obesity rates above 30 percent. Four years ago, only one state was above 30 percent.More

Barefoot-simulating footwear associated with metatarsal stress injury in 2 runners
Stress-related changes and fractures in the foot are frequent in runners. However, the causative factors, including anatomic and kinematic variables, are not well defined. Footwear choice has also been implicated in contributing to injury patterns with changes in force transmission and gait analyses reported in the biomechanical literature. Despite the benefits of footwear, there has been increased interest among the running community in barefoot running with proposed benefits including a decreased rate of injury.More

MD or DPM degree? What's the future of Podiatry? Find out today at 9 p.m. ET
Drs. Barry Block (PM News Editor), Michael King (APMA President), Frank Kase (CPMA Past-president), Jon Hultman (CPMA Executive Director) and Glenn Gastwirth (APMA Executive Director) will be the guests on today's Meet the Masters audio-conference (at 9 p.m. ET) with host, and former ACFAOM president, Dr. Bret Ribotsky. Here is your chance to participate in a live discussion, hear the "inside" information, and get your questions answered. Your profession's future is on the line. 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

Toenail fungus drug moves forward on new analysis
San Diego Union-Tribune
A new analysis of old clinical trial data showed that Apricus Biosciences' experimental drug MycoVa cured toenail fungus in 20 percent of patients with mild and moderate forms of the infection, the San Diego company said recently. The analysis excluded test subjects who also had suffered from athlete's foot, which increased the overall risk of fungal reinfection and contributed to disappointing results in the original studies.More

The top 10 innovations in podiatry
Podiatry Today
Podiatric physicians continue to reap the benefits of improved technologies. In our annual review of the latest innovations in the field of podiatry, there are products that allow enhanced efficiency in the OR, improved patient adherence and more timely delivery of appropriate antibiotic medications. Certainly, the hope for any of these innovations is to facilitate better treatment outcomes for patients. Without further delay, here are the latest innovations.More

Killing the pain of killer heels
Northampton Chronicle & Echo
Eccebtric superstar Lady Gaga's recent interview with TV's Paul O'Grady may have drawn gasps from audiences for many different reasons. Perhaps her bald head, bold lyrics or bright green wig might have been startling to some but, for me, it was the towering heels in which she tottered across the stage which caused the biggest surprise. For many decades now celebrities have been setting the trend in the fashion for "killer heels" and a quick trip to high street shoe shops will prove the point that new shoe styles seem to becoming higher and more daring than ever before.More

Make sure your practice is on Google's map
The goal of your online marketing strategy is to appear on Page 1 of the search engine results, particularly on Google. Google Places (formerly Google Local) is a vital component in order to be shown properly on Google's map. This is particularly important with mobile search, which is becoming increasingly popular with the use of smartphones. Have you claimed your listing on Google Places? This is the only way to ensure that you are accurately listed. For an excellent article that walks you through the steps of how to claim your listing on Google Places click here.More

Removable cast walker boots yield greater forefoot off-loading than total contact casts
Clinical Biomechanics (subscriber only)
Elevated plantar loading has been implicated in the etiology of plantar ulceration in individuals with diabetes mellitus and peripheral neuropathy. Total contact casts and cast walker boots are common off-loading strategies to facilitate ulcer healing and prevent re-ulceration. The purpose of this study was to compare off-loading capabilities of these strategies with respect to plantar loading during barefoot walking.More