The Foot & Ankle Weekly
Sep. 17, 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

Medical Podiatry: Life without Surgery - today at 9 p.m. ET
On today's Meet the Masters audio-conference (at 9 p.m. ET) with host, and former ACFAOM president, Dr. Bret Ribotsky, the hot topics in podiatry of three year residencies and surgeons' training will be discussed. The role of the medical side of Podiatric Medicine now and in the future, will be explored with representatives of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine. 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

Doctors are an untapped resource in understanding ACA
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
Doctors and nurses, who are among the most trusted sources of information about the Affordable Care Act in many patients' opinions, could play a valuable role in helping the public understand the law. But they are among the least used sources from which most people have actually received information. The Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll from August found there's plenty of confusion surrounding the ACA and what it might mean to patients. Many believe physicians and nurses can provide the best information about the law, but those conversations aren't taking place.More

7 US states with the highest childhood obesity rates
We already know that obesity is a growing problem among adults in our country, with more than a third considered obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What we often gloss over, though, is that obesity among children in the U.S. is just as concerning. With most adults seemingly reluctant to drastically alter their lifestyles enough to curb adult obesity, the importance of educating children early in their life about proper diet, exercise, and other obesity risk factors has taken on an entirely new meaning.More

Toenail topical shows efficacy in trials
Lower Extremity Review
A topical antifungal manufactured by Palo Alto, Calf.-based Ancor Pharmaceuticals clears nails and fungal infection in people with onychomycosis, according to data presented in July at the 2013 American Podiatric Medical Association Annual Scientific Meeting held in Las Vegas.More

Emerging advances in ankle cartilage repair
Podiatry Today
Damage to the cartilage in any joint of the body can have detrimental effects on the function and performance of that joint. This is particularly true for the cartilage of the ankle joint, specifically at the talar dome. Due to the body's inability to repair cartilage to its original form, treating patients with osteochondral lesions has proven to be a challenge to even the most competent foot and ankle practitioner.More

Study finds that frequent debridement speeds healing
McKnight's Long-Term Care & Assisted Living
It may be a stretch to say that a clean wound is a happy wound. But a new study finds that debridement appears to at least speed up the healing process. For the study, researchers examined data from more than 100,000 patients treated at wound care centers between 2008 and 2012.More

Does your foot type predict your type of foot problem?
Runner's World
The foot-study version of big data supports the conventional wisdom that people with flat feet that pronate are more likely to get bunions than people with high arches. The Framingham Foot Study is a long-term, large-scale project that has investigated several aspects of foot type and disorders. In the journal PLoS One, researchers describe one such avenue of exploration--whether some common foot problems are more prevalent in certain foot types.More

Statins may lower amputation risk in diabetes
Some cholesterol-lowering drugs may help reduce the risk of amputation for those with diabetes, according to a new study. The study focused on more than 80,000 patients in the United States Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare system with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Over a five-year period, those patients were monitored for cholesterol-lowering agents, diabetic medication, A1c levels, body mass index, and both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.More

Plantar fasciitis: Unique challenges in basketball
Lower Extremity Review
Not only do basketball players have many of the same risk factors for plantar fasciitis as the general population, they also have the added challenge of a grueling season and very little opportunity to rest. That means practitioners have had to be creative when it comes to treatment.More

Stay ahead of healthcare changes: 4 areas to address
Physician's Practice
Even if things aren't shifting dramatically in your local healthcare market, this is the time to begin to explore these four key factors. Whether you are a physician leader or a professional administrator, you should have no doubt that the business of medicine is undergoing significant change that will continue in the years ahead. It is certainly not clear yet where we will end up and even if that point will be positive or negative. There are, however, a few key areas that require ongoing attention to stay ahead of the change process. More

Effect of rocker shoe design features on forefoot plantar pressures in people with and without diabetes
Clinical Biomechanics
There is no consensus on the precise rocker shoe outsole design that will optimally reduce plantar pressure in people with diabetes. This study aimed to understand how peak plantar pressure is influenced by systematically varying three design features which characterise a curved rocker shoe: apex angle, apex position and rocker angle.More