The Foot & Ankle Weekly
Aug. 11, 2015

Interested in having your podiatric assistant certified?
ACFAOM
An ACFAOM Certified Clinical Podiatric Medical Assistant (CCPMA) is able to perform routine nail care, pre-treatment foot exams, collect client health information correctly, setup a sterile field and much more. Click here to learn more about the course and have your assistant register online. $100 off the standard fee of $599 for assistants sponsored by an ACFAOM member. If you need more information before deciding to enroll your assistant, contact Jennifer Mulligan, at jmulligan@acfaom.org or 301-718-6534. More

Trends in healthcare expenditure in US adults with diabetes: 2002-2011
Diabetes Care
Direct medical cost of diabetes in the U.S. has been estimated to be 2.3 times higher relative to individuals without diabetes. This study examines trends in healthcare expenditures by expenditure category in U.S. adults with diabetes between 2002 and 2011.More

Footwear and risk of knee OA: The search for meaning in moments
Lower Extremity Review
Although footwear may in fact play a role in the development of knee osteoarthritis and its clinical management, those relation­ships are turning out to be much more complicated than once thought. It all started with a shot across the starboard bow of high-heeled shoes. In the late 1990s, researchers began to investigate the relationship between certain types of footwear and the development and progression of knee osteoarthritis. The concern was that certain shoe types — particularly those with high heels or stiff soles — could affect how loading forces passed through the knee, increasing risk for the disease. More

Bunions in teens: Surgery vs. conservative approach
MD Magazine
Surgeons and podiatrists debate the best management approach for adolescent hallux valgus (AHV or bunions), a condition that occurs in up to 30 percent of adolescents. Conservative (non-operative) management — footwear modifications, orthotics, and analgesia — rarely prevents progression. But surgery — a general term that includes more than 100 different procedures — has been associated with a high likelihood of post-surgery recurrence or deformity. More

Utilizing the 'steering wheel maneuver' for deformity correction in the foot
Podiatry Today
Foot deformities are attributable to various etiologies. The malalignment can be challenging for patients and can result in painful symptoms in the lower extremity. Non-operative treatment, such as bracing and orthoses, can be helpful but does not alter the deformity. In such instances, one should strongly consider surgical intervention to help improve a patient's quality of life. More

Proper foot care, daily foot checks, essential to diabetic health
Endocrine Today
Adults with diabetes can take an important step toward better overall health — and possibly prevent life-threatening complications — by simply taking off their socks and shoes and examining their feet twice a day. Healthcare professionals also need to prioritize examining the feet of diabetic patients at every visit and stress the importance of checking the feet each day at home, Robert P. Thompson, CPed, executive director of the non-profit Institute for Preventive Foot Health, said during a session on diabetic foot health. More

Spray shows promise for non-healing foot ulcers
Nursing Times
The study showed diabetic foot ulcers treated with Granulox demonstrated significantly better and more rapid wound closure. Granulox is topical haemoglobin spray treatment for chronic wounds, which was launched in England, Wales and Scotland in 2014. The active haemoglobin is intended to improve the oxygen supply to chronic wounds by aiding diffusion of oxygen into the wound base and, as a result, accelerate healing. More

The best running shoes for your feet, according to science
Yahoo Health
With all the brands, styles and options out there, choosing the right running shoe for your foot feels like an oddly difficult task — and it's one we're definitely overcomplicating, according to a new paper published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. There's been a whole bunch of research on selecting the best running shoe to help reduce injury. According to a New York Times report, there are a couple major factors that are continuously examined. More