The Foot & Ankle Weekly
Sep. 10, 2013

Mark your calendars for ACFAOM's 2014 Annual Clinical Conference in Old Town Alexandria, Va., June 5-8, 2014
ACFAOM
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 D.C. 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 ACFAOM.org. Mark your calendars today! More

Meet Richard Wilner, DPM - today at 9 p.m. ET
ACFAOM
Dr. Richard Wilner 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. Richard Wilner, DPM is a graduate of Temple University College of Podiatric Medicine (PCPM 1980) who left practice to work full time with The Center of Peer Review Justice in 2000. For thirteen years, Richard has been very successful in helping physicians of all specialties deal with the Peer Review process. 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

Study: Postoperative showering or bathing does not increase infection risk after foot, ankle surgery
Orthopedics Today
In a systematic review, researchers in this study found no evidence to support avoiding bathing or showering after foot or ankle surgery but before suture removal. "The results of these studies showed that no basis exists for recommending that a patient avoid showering or bathing a surgical incision site as part of their normal daily hygiene during the healing process,” Paul Dayton, DPM, MS, FACFAS, and colleagues wrote in the study. “This might be useful in the development of future prospective cohort studies and randomized controlled trials that focus on surgical wound healing.”More

Medicare pay 'transparency' divides physicians
HealthLeaders Media
The issue of whether physician reimbursement data should be made public is creating a split among doctors. Some argue that the public has a right to know how tax dollars are being spent. Others fear payment disclosures could hurt competition.More

A straightforward guide to the Lapidus bunionectomy
Podiatry Today
The popularity of the Lapidus bunionectomy seems to ebb and flow over the years. When we compare the Lapidus to other bunionectomy procedures, such as an Austin or similar distal metaphyseal osteotomies, there seems to be more reasons not to do a Lapidus.More

Study: Arthrodesis most reliable technique to treat hallux rigidus
Orthopedics Today
In a comparison study analyzing the differences between arthrodesis, joint replacement and resurfacing hemiarthroplasty in the treatment of advanced hallux rigidus, researchers all patients had good outcomes at 2-year follow-up, but arthrodesis was the most reliable technique.More

Diabetic limb salvage: Surgeon's perspective
Lower Extremity Review
When preventive measures have been exhausted, various surgical approaches can be employed to provide each diabetic patient with a functional, biomechanically sound foot that is free of infection, while minimizing the risk of future lower limb complications.More

Is the healthcare market competitive?
By Mike Wokasch
Consumers benefit from competition that provides incentives for continuous product improvements and encourages a higher level of service performance. More importantly, competition can help keep prices in check. Competitive markets exist when consumers have multiple purchasing options and choices with transparent pricing. The healthcare market has constrained competition, providing a platform for mediocre quality of care and unsustainable, rising healthcare costs.More

A closer look at topical therapies in wound care
Podiatry Today
Given the increasing numbers of diabetic wounds among the populace and the complex environment of wounds, it is crucial to have a grasp of effective topical treatment options that can facilitate healing. These authors discuss factors that affect wound healing as well as treatment options ranging from hydrogel dressings and calcium alginate to split thickness skin grafts, foams and biologics.More

Obesity, diabetes biggest health threats in South Texas
HealthCanal
Diabetes and obesity are the two most significant health threats in South Texas, according to a new report published online in Springer Open Books by the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR). The IHPR is part of the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.More

The effectiveness of footwear as an intervention to prevent or to reduce biomechanical risk factors associated with diabetic foot ulceration: a systematic review
Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications via PubMed
Footwear interventions are used within clinical practice in an effort to reduce ulcerations however the effectiveness of these interventions is unclear. The aim of this paper was to conduct a systematic review which examined the effectiveness of footwear as an intervention for prevention of diabetic foot ulcers or the reduction of biomechanical risk factors for ulceration and to discuss the quality and interpret the findings of research to date.More