The Foot & Ankle Weekly
Oct. 9, 2012

Join us this week for ACFAOM's 2012 Clinical Conference, Oct. 11-14, at Disney World
ACFAOM 2012 starts this Thursday, and it's not too late to attend one of the most educational and entertaining conferences in the country! On-site registration begins 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista. One-day registrations will be available for those who cannot attend the full conference.

The focus of the ACFAOM conference will be Wound Management, Medicine, Dermatology/Pathology, and Biomechanics using both didactic and hands-on workshop learning, with additional sessions on Billing & Coding, and the latest technologies for Podiatric Imaging. New features this year include an exciting survey of Lasers in Podiatric Practice: Pros and Cons, plus a surgery track presented by ASPS. You can also save 10 percent on your PICA premium by attending. Click here to view the final program.

Located just across the street from Downtown Disney, the conference provides endless opportunities to relax and enjoy the Disney attractions while gaining invaluable clinical skills from our faculty. Be sure to visit Disney's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival during your stay. More

Meet Arthur Gudeon, DPM, - today at 9 p.m.
Dr. Arthur Gudeon will be the guests on today's Meet the Masters audio-conference (at 9 p.m. ET) with host, and former ACFAOM president, Dr. Bret Ribotsky. Dr. Gudeon is President of the NYCPM Alumni Association and has been a delegate to the NYSPMA for 50 years. He is well-known for organizing the podiatric volunteer response at ground-zero in New York following the September 11, 2011 attacks. 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

Are obese patients more prone to ankle fractures?
Podiatry Today
As the American population trends toward becoming more overweight and obese, such patients may have a greater risk for musculoskeletal problems such as ankle fractures. A recent study in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery concludes that obese patients have a higher risk of sustaining a more proximal distal fibula fracture.More

Clinical assessment of ankle joint laxity
Lower Extremity Review
Ankle joint laxity can be a complicating factor in patients with acute ankle sprains or chronic instability, and testing for excessive laxity can help practitioners choose an appropriate method of treatment. However, not all tests for ankle joint laxity are created equal.More

Magnetic resonance imaging of a cystic pilomatricoma in an ankle joint
Orthopedics Today
Pilomatricoma, also known as calcifying epithelioma of Malherbe, is an asymptomatic, slow-growing, benign dermal neoplasm that originates from hair cortex cells. The most common sites are the head and neck (68.2 percent), followed by the trunk (14.4 percent) and the upper (15.3 percent) and lower (2 percent) extremities. The majority (60–70 percent) of tumors develop in the first two decades of life. A typical pilomatricoma presents as a firm, calcified, dermal nodule appearing as a solid mass in subcutaneous tissue on computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging.More

Is a group practice without walls right for you?
Podiatry Today
Economic and regulatory forces are leading to the consolidation of medical practices across the country. Hospital systems are acquiring primary care practices, multispecialty clinics are clamoring for their share of the pie and single specialty medical mega-groups are coming together to grab market share across geographic areas. It is now rare for young doctors completing their training to open up an independent office.More

Diabetes cases expected to rise 700,000 by end of the decade
PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee
New analysis by the charity Diabetes UK expects the number of people in Britain with diabetes to rise by 700,000 by the end of the decade. This indicates 4.4 million people in the U.K. alone by 2020. More

The dangers of high heels, flats and those must-have, pinch-your-toes shoes
The Express-Times
In a mall they can't be missed, and people flock to store windows just to stare. Shrines are built in closets just to house them. The average American owns 11 pairs of shoes according to a survey by Eneslow, a company that makes and sells footwear support. However, that number does not represent the amount of shoes that are typically worn. More

Severely obese Americans on the rise
Severely obese people - those with at least 100 pounds of excess weight - are the fastest-growing group of overweight Americans, according to new research. Analysts examined data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and found that from 2000 to 2010, the proportion of Americans who were severely obese rose from 3.9 percent to 6.6 percent, an increase of about 70 percent.More

Podiatrists warn on overdoing flip flops
If Florida's lingering summer has you clinging to flip flops, maybe even turning them into full-day wear, podiatrists beg you to reconsider. They won't be there for you in the long haul. They don't give the support feet need.More

Physicians inch toward boiling point
HealthLeaders Media
So, six out of 10 of you docs want to quit. Turn out the lights. Lock the door. Goodbye. Walter Ray, M.D., remembers his feelings when he shut down his Georgia pediatric practice, for good, after 35 years, and why he had to leave it behind: The 60-hour work weeks. The rolling tide of reduced reimbursements. The missed family gatherings, "the ballet recitals, the swim meets, even the funerals." Then the questions from his kids: "Dad, how long are you going to keep doing this?"More

The effect of exercise on neuropathic symptoms, nerve function, and cutaneous innervation in people with diabetic peripheral neuropathy
Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications
Although exercise can significantly reduce the prevalence and severity of diabetic complications, no studies have evaluated the impact of exercise on nerve function in people with diagnosed diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN). The purpose of this pilot study was to examine feasibility and effectiveness of a supervised, moderately intense aerobic and resistance exercise program in people with DPN. We hypothesized that the exercise intervention can improve neuropathic symptoms, nerve function, and cutaneous innervation.More