Foot & Ankle Weekly
Sept. 27, 2011

Dr. Barry Block to be honored at ACFAOM 2011 in Orlando, Fla.
Barry Block, DPM, JD, one of the most well-known and influential figures 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, on Friday, Oct. 28, 6–8 p.m. Several prominent podiatrists will speak. If you would like to attend this event and honor Dr. Block but you are not planning to attend the ACFAOM 2011 conference, please call ACFAOM at 1-800-265-8263, Ext. 6536 for a special pass to the exhibit hall for that evening only. For full information about the conference click here. More

Early deadline extended to Oct. 1 - Save $50 - ACFAOM 2011, Oct. 27-30, Orlando, Fla.
ACFAOM's Annual Clinical Conference will present the latest in Biomechanics, Medicine, Wound Management, Dermatology, Pathology, and more, Oct. 27-30 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, Disney World. Three-hour tracks of 20-minute clinical lectures and associated three-hour 'hands-on' workshops, plus sessions on ultrasound, billing & coding, HIPAA and EHRs. The faculty includes Drs. Jeffrey Robbins, Marshall Solomon, Barry Block, Kevin Kirby, Simon Spooner (U.K.), Bruce Williams, Jason Hanft, Robert Snyder, Bradley Bakotic, Allen Jacobs, Michael Brody, Michael Warshaw and more. 21 CMEs. Daily registration is available if you cannot attend the whole conference ($99 members and Federal Service; $149 non-members). For details click here!More

Factors affecting athletes' perception of movement
Lower Extremity Review
In sports, the concept of "affordance perception" can mean sensing an op­po­nent's next move, which has implica­tions not just for performance but also for reducing injury risk. An understanding of affordance perception also can improve the effectiveness of training.More

New graft helps patients with chronic ankle sprain problems
Every day in the United States, there are 25,000 ankle sprains. Usually, the pain only lasts a few days, but an ankle sprain can also lead to more chronic problems, so painful that even surgery may not help. Now, a new kind of graft is helping these patients when nothing else works.More

Demand for diabetic foot ulcer treatments grows
In June 2010, a company called Shire acquired Dermagraft (a synthetic skin) through its $750 million purchase of privately held Advanced BioHealing. The business deal was based on treating diabetic foot ulcers alone. Last year Dermagraft had U.S. sales of $146 million from treating slow-healing diabetic foot ulcers. People increasingly seek new foot ulcer treatments, as diagnoses for diabetes soar. Dermagraft's purpose is to promote healing of the ulcers to prevent infection, and the demand is increasing for products like that. It is estimated that for Americans over the age of 60, 30 percent will have diabetes and this will grow to more than 50 percent within a decade. More

'Meet the Masters' has the week off - next show is Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 9 p.m. ET
In the meantime, visit the 'Meet the Masters' website and catch up on any shows you may have missed. For access to over 100 Masters who share their secrets for FREE click here. More

Bare facts
The Economist
Ever since Christopher McDougall's book "Born to Run" hit the bestseller lists in 2009, Zappos, an online shoe retailer, has struggled to keep up with demand for minimalist footwear. Consumers embraced their light-weight, super-thin, puncture-resistant soles with zeal, merrily dismissing decades of conventional wisdom about the virtues of supported arches and cushioned heels. Biomechanics experts and podiatrists, as well as legions of joggers, began asking whether relying on such fripperies, long plugged by the shoe industry, really is the best way to run.More

Creepy-crawlies may help heal diabetes wounds
To jump-start the healing of difficult diabetic wounds, U.S. researchers have a suggestion: let maggots do the work. To allow such wounds to heal, doctors remove infected or dead tissue with scalpels or enzymes, a process they call debridement. But these tools often fail.More

How to...cure a high heel hangover
Daily Mail
We've all been there - you've spent the previous day tottering around in towering heels and you wake up with aching calves and feet that feel as if they've gone five rounds with boxer Mike Tyson. We call it the high-heel hangover. Flat shoes may have been big news this summer, but autumn is seeing a return to towering heels.More

Report: Diabetes on the rise in New York
A report released by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield shows diabetes is on the rise in upstate New York, jumping 30 percent between 2001 and 2009. Many adults in the Rochester/Finger Lakes region who have diabetes take necessary actions to avoid diabetic complications, but thousands fail to take known steps that could help them stay as healthy as possible, according to the Excellus BlueCross BlueShield TakeCharge Community Health Report.More

States cut malpractice payouts by encouraging doctors to apologize
Medical "apology laws" that say physician apologies can't be mentioned in court have the effect of decreasing malpractice payouts by 14 percent to 17 percent in cases of major permanent injury - or up to $73,000 for the most severe cases, say Benjamin Ho of Cornell and Elaine Liu of the University of Houston. Doctors' apologies - or lack thereof - are a factor in patients' decisions to litigate. For more, click here.More

Influence of gait analysis on decision-making for lower extremity orthopaedic surgery
Gait analysis is a specialized medical technology used to evaluate patients with complex walking problems such as children with cerebral palsy. Gait analysis is often performed prior to surgery to help decide which surgical procedures should be included in a multi-level surgical plan. Although gait analysis allows for a more accurate assessment of gait deviations than visual gait assessment, the use of gait analysis in clinical care remains controversial.More