The Foot & Ankle Weekly
Aug. 6, 2013

Mark your calendars for ACFAOM's 2014 Annual Clinical Conference in Old Town Alexandria, Va., June 5-8, 2014
ACFAOM is excited to announce the details for ACFAOM’s 2014 Annual Clinical Conference, which will be held at the Hilton Old Town Alexandria in historic Alexandria, VA, just minutes away from Washington DC. ACFAOM members will be able to attend the conference and earn 24 CECHs for FREE, plus receive a 10 percent savings on your PICA Premium.

Focusing on the clinical conditions faced in the typical podiatric office, ACFAOM 2014 will be based on clinical cases and presented in an interactive and practical manner, with demonstrations and hands-on learning. The program will feature five 4-hour sessions: Biomechanics, Wound Care, Medicine/Dermatology, Imaging, and the Business of Podiatric Medicine. There will also be an optional 4-hour Billing & Coding Workshop on Sunday Morning. Bring the family for a learning experience for everyone; you on how to be a more astute and capable clinician; your family learning about our Nation’s history.

More information will be available during the coming weeks and will be posted at Mark your calendars today! More

Meet Russell Volpe, DPM - today at 9 p.m. ET
Dr. Russell Volpe 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. Volpe is a professor and past chair in the Department of Pediatrics and Orthopedics at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine/Foot Center of New York where he has taught since 1985. He is a member of the Vasyli Thinktank, which was founded to foster collaboration and cooperative thought amongst a leading group of health professionals specializing in the field of lower limb biomechanics. 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

Glycemic control and postoperative healing
Lower Extremity Review
Researchers have established that elevated levels of glycated hemoglobin in patients with diabetes are associated with poor outcomes after foot and ankle surgery. Now the challenge is to identify an “acceptable” glycated hemoglobin level below which the benefits of surgery outweigh the risk of complications.More

How to get tax breaks for your medical practice
American Medical News
Constructing a new medical facility or hiring new employees might seem like a daunting and expensive undertaking for many physicians. But those tasks could become a little more feasible if they take advantage of the many federal, state and local incentives available to help developers, including physicians, substantially reduce taxes and slash their building, equipment and hiring costs.More

Are minimalist running shoes really to blame when it comes to running injuries?
Podiatry Today
Have we forgotten about pronation? With all the hype surrounding minimalist shoes, the concern has shifted from controlling motion to simply avoiding minimalist shoes. This has happened not because minimalist shoes don't control motion but plain and simple because they allegedly cause injury.More

Negotiating successful payment arrangements: 4 easy steps to succeed every time
By Jan Keller
Wouldn't it be nice if every payment arrangement interaction between your office and your patients went smoothly, with no awkwardness or misunderstandings? The bottom line is, you can make that happen. "Perfect" payment arrangements are possible if you follow these four easy steps: information gathering, preparation, negotiation and documentation. Let's look at each step in a little more detail.More

Obesity, a fledgling disease, needs physician support
HealthLeaders Media
If physicians don't start having serious dialogues with their overweight patients, the American Medical Association's recent classification of obesity as a disease won't mean much at all. So, America is heavyset. It's husky, unslender, and thin-challenged.More

Treating checkrein deformities after trauma
Podiatry Today
A checkrein deformity occurs due to a tethering or scar contracture around a tendon, which affects the tendon's normal function. In the lower extremity, it is not uncommon to have an injury to the flexor hallucis longus tendon after lower leg trauma.More

Women who wear sexy high heels are 'putting themselves at risk of permanent injury'
New York Post
Why do we do it to ourselves? After new research this week showing nine out of 10 women have experienced pain or other foot problems from skyscraper heels, you may wonder if we choose to shelve the uncomfortable shoes at last. But you'll know deep down that we won't.More

How effective is orthotic treatment in patients with recurrent diabetic foot ulcers?
Journal of American Podiatric Medical Association via PubMed
This study assessed the efficacy of customized foot orthotic therapy by comparing reulceration rates, minor amputation rates, and work and daily living activities before and after therapy. Peak plantar pressures and peak plantar impulses were compared with the patients not wearing and wearing their prescribed footwear.More