Foot & Ankle Weekly
Sept. 20, 2011

Dr. Barry Block to be honored at ACFAOM 2011 in Orlando, Fla.
Barry Block, DPM, JD, one of the most famous and well known names in the profession will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine at its annual conference at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, near Disney World. The award will be presented by ACFAOM President Dr. Kirk Geter, during the President's Reception in the Exhibition Hall at ACFAOM 2011, Oct. 28, 6-8 p.m. ET. As part of the award ceremony, several prominent podiatrists will comment on Dr. Block's career and influence on the profession. If you would like to attend this event to honor Dr. Block, and maybe say a few words, but you are not planning to attend the ACFAOM 2011 conference, please call ACFAOM at 1-800-265-8263 x 6536 for a special pass to the exhibit hall for that evening only. If you would like to register for the conference for the full day of Friday, Oct. 28, or Saturday, Oct. 29, and receive CME credits, a special one-day registration fee of $99 for members and $149 for non-members can be purchased at the registration desk or by contacting ACFAOM at For full information about the conference click here.More

The role of rocker soles in reducing ulcer risk
Lower Extremity Review
Study findings suggest that rocker soles effectively reduce peak plantar pressures in patients at risk for diabetic foot ulcera­tion, particularly when paired with custom orthoses. Whether or not rocker soles can play a role in healing active neuropathic ulcers, however, remains unclear.More

Conquering peroneal tendinopathy in athletes
Podiatry Today
Peroneal tendon disorders in athletic patients offer a unique challenge to the foot and ankle surgeon. As important as it is to comprehend the pathology of these injuries and the treatment options, understanding the mentality and physical requirements of the athlete provides pivotal information for a successful outcome.More

Meet 'Congressman' Rogers - today at 9 p.m. ET
Lee Rogers, DPM, FACFAOM, 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. Rogers has announced he is running for Congress in California's 25th District. He is medical director of the Amputation Prevention Center at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, Calif., is a published author and speaker on research and health policy, and recently left a national position with the American Diabetes Association directing education and advocacy in preventing amputations in diabetes. He received the APMA's 2011 Rising Star Award. 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

Is shockwave the latest treatment option for patients with chronic heel pain?
Extracorporeal Shockwave lithotripsy, or simply called shockwave, is a procedure whose medical value is disputed. A number of both favorable and unfavorable studies exist, however the use of shockwave is mostly employed in medical disciplines, such as cardiology, urology (erectile dysfunction), and wound applications. Most recently, shockwave is being discussed as a possible solution for patients with chronic heel pain, called plantar fasciitis.More

Ankle blocks after tourniquet application may provide good foot surgery pain control
Based on the results of their randomized prospective study, orthopaedists at Epsom and St. Helier Hospital in the United Kingdom recommend that ankle blocks be performed after tourniquet application in forefoot reconstructions. Between September and November 2010, Vinay K. Singh, MBBS, D Orth, MRCS, and colleagues randomized 50 patients into two groups of 25 patients each. The first group underwent forefoot reconstruction surgery with the ankle block used right after tourniquet application, and the second group had the block applied just before tourniquet application.More

Many amputations among dialysis patients with diabetes 'unnecessary'
Diabetes patients who are also undergoing kidney dialysis need more intensive foot care to reduce their risk of lower-limb amputations, says a new study. Diabetes is the most common cause of kidney disease, and people with diabetes are already at increased risk of developing foot ulcers and slow-healing wounds which, if become infected, can lead to amputations. The risk stems from damage to nerves and blood supply to the feet.More

Podiatrist offers high-tech toenail remedy
Laguna Beach Independent
Mission Hospital Laguna Beach,Calif.-based Dr. David Sabet is now offering a high-tech laser treatment for fungus-affected toenails that have changed color, lifted or become thick. "I have developed a method for banishing fungus from toenails using an FDA approved, state-of-the art laser," Sabet said in a statement. "My patients have been very satisfied with the results. Most people can be treated in one visit and will see results in three to six months. The laser eradicates the fungus from the affected nails in a way that topical medications cannot accomplish and without the potential risks of oral medication."More

Out on a limb: A thin disguise
Lower Extremity Review
It's hard to remember sometimes that being thin was once undesirable, a sign of poverty, poor nutrition, and low social status. These days, Hollywood-style thinness is associated with wealth - the kind of wealth that might buy the services of a personal dietitian, personal chef, and personal trainer. Too often, thinness is also equated with healthiness, even by health care practitioners who should know better.More

Your practice's digital brand: Why is it important to build?
Physicians Practice
At least at this time, the fact that you are aware of the need for a digital brand - an online presence - places you ahead of the majority of physicians and hospitals. That will change rapidly. Physicians tend to be a smart bunch. But we are also notoriously late-adopters of technology. That should be some consolation for those of you who are entering the digital world now. (To read the full article, register with the website by clicking here)More

Insole-pressure distribution for normal children in different age groups
Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics (subscriber only)
In measuring plantar pressures during gait, earlier methods have used a platform system that does not take into account the interactions feet have with orthotics and shoe wearing. The purpose of the study was to provide normal insole plantar pressure parameter data during stance phase using the Pedar pressure insole system.More