The Foot & Ankle Weekly
Jul. 17, 2012

4 more days to register at the early-bird rate for ACFAOM 2012 - Oct. 11-14, Disney World
Are you looking for a highly educational and entertaining conference to attend this fall? Look no further than ACFAOM 2012. Located in Downtown Disney World and offering 21 CE credit hours, this year's conference will give you tools to improve your practice while providing access to fun and entertainment only Disney can offer.

As a bonus, you now have until Friday, July 20 to register for ACFAOM 2012 at the early-bird rate and save $100 on registration. The conference will be held Oct. 11-14, at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista located directly across from Downtown Disney. The focus of the ACFAOM conference will be Wound Management, Medicine, Dermatology/Pathology, and Biomechanics using both didactic and hands-on workshop learning, with additional sessions on billing & coding, and the latest technologies for Podiatric Imaging. New features this year include an exciting survey of Lasers in Podiatric Practice: Pros and Cons, plus a sawbones surgical track presented by ASPS. Click here to register now. More

Meet James Stavosky, DPM, FACFAOM - today at 9 p.m.
Dr. James Stavosky, program chair for ACFAOM 2012, 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. Stavosky is the Chief of Podiatric Surgery at Seton Medical Center in Daly City, Calif., and Adjunct Professor at the California School of Podiatry at Western University of Health Sciences. He is a member of the ABPOPPM Board of Directors and is the Director of the St. Mary's Medical Center PMSR-RRA Residency is San Francisco 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

Foot problems boost mortality in diabetic dialysis patients
Renal Business Today
Diabetic patients on dialysis who have foot ulcers or who have undergone a foot amputation have a much higher mortality rate at two years than diabetic patients on dialysis without these pathologies, British investigators reported at the 72nd Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association.More

Efficacy of steroids for heel pain confirmed
The efficacy of a single steroid injection for plantar fasciitis has been proven over placebo in one of the few controlled trials of the treatment. Researchers found that visual analog scale pain scores were significantly lower after 12 weeks with both ultrasound-guided and unguided injection of methylprednisolone 20 mg compared with placebo. However, there was no difference in treatment outcomes between the two active treatment groups.More

Factors ID'd in diabetic foot ulcer healing failure
Clinical Advisor
Patients with diabetic foot ulcers that fail to heal have increased inflammation and aberrant growth factor levels, study results reveal. Serum levels of tumor necrosis factor-alpha, monocyte chemoattractant protein-1, matrix metallopeptidase 9 and fibroblast growth factor 2 were elevated in patients whose DFUs did not heal compared with patients who healed properly, Thanh Dinh, DPM, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and colleagues determined.More

Desktops still dominate at physician offices
American Medical News
More people are turning to computer tablets and other new forms of technology, but pediatric hospitalist Rishi Agrawal, M.D., MPH, favors a desktop computer for doing his job. It's not that he's a technophobe. It's that using the desktop makes more sense to him: He can easily and quickly access the hospital’s electronic health record system. The computer has a large monitor that allows for multitasking, and it's secure.More

Foot care tips to keep boomers moving
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Just a few decades ago, the phrase "granny shoes" implied a tragic lack of coolness, and that the wearer had allowed comfort to trump style in their slow shuffle toward getting old. Those days are definitely gone. Today's baby boomers and seniors are stepping out in everything from frisky flip-flops and hot heels to righteous running shoes and powerful hiking boots. Footwear is no longer dictated by age, but rather by the activity level and fashion sense of the wearer.More

Proactive practice growth tips to get the patients you want to treat
Podiatry Today
Dr. Bradly Bussewitz writes, "Understanding how to grow a practice must be rooted in an understanding of what type of practice you desire. How you determine what type of practice you prefer depends on your strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes. I am going to quote two entirely different opinions I've heard from podiatric colleagues."More

Rehabilitative footwear: Importance of comfort
Lower Extremity Review
A growing body of research suggests that footwear comfort can improve movement performance and, in particular, neuromus­cular control of balance. These findings could have significant implications for rehabilitation of older adults and patients with lower extremity disorders.More

How to avoid turning over patient accounts to a collection agency
American Medical News
Sending patients' overdue bills to a collection agency can be bad for a physician's reputation and may not gain the practice that much financially. "The recovery is just completely miserable," said Elizabeth Woodcock, principal of Woodcock & Associates, a physician management and consulting firm in Atlanta. "The costs are really high, and the public relations are just horrible."More

Barefoot running pits technique against tradition
Northwest Herald
As the barefoot running craze matures, the focus has been as much on the mechanics of running as it has been on footwear. Although minimalist running shoes have gained a toehold in the marketplace and shoeless joggers aren't as likely to draw stares, many runners have kept to traditional athletic shoes. And experts remain divided on the wisdom of running without them.More

The influence of body weight, body mass index and gender on plantar pressures: Results of a cross-sectional study of healthy children's feet
Gait & Posture
The purpose of this study was to determine if plantar pressure data in 4–7 year old children with normal development: (1) required normalising by body mass and/or body mass index and (2) should be separated or pooled for boys and girls. The outcome will guide the management of plantar pressure data in future work investigating changes in plantar pressure distribution with increasing age.More