The Foot & Ankle Weekly
Nov. 11, 2014

Ankle, knee strength generation slower with diabetic neuropathy
HCPLive
When walking up and down stairs, patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) are slower at generating strength at the ankle and knee compared to control participants, which may increase the risk of falls, according to a study published online Oct. 14 in Diabetes Care.More

Impact of AFO design on calf circumference
Lower Extremity Review
Preliminary research suggests the use of a kinetic return ankle foot orthosis is associated with small but significant short-term increases in calf circumference, which in turn suggests this type of device might reduce or protect against the risk of disuse muscle atrophy.More

Regenerative medicine may offer new standard of advanced treatment for foot and leg ulcers
News-medical.net
These are exciting times for regenerative medicine. Unlike conventional medicines, the regenerative approach can potentially work to restore the lost functionality of tissues or organs—the major reason for intensive focus on research and development in the field. The global market is projected to reach $67.6 billion by 2020, up from $16.4 billion in 2013, according to a report released in summer 2014 by market intelligence company Allied Market Research. More

AMA calls on CMS, policymakers to streamline federal programs
Orthopedics Today
The American Medical Association announced it has issued a letter to CMS expressing concern over the effect of Medicare incentive programs on physicians and their practices. In the letter, the AMA asks for simplification of CMS’ policies regarding several of its programs, including Meaningful Use (MU), the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and the Value-based payment Modifier (VBM), and offers recommendations to improve each.More

Minimalist running shoes tread lightly, more naturally, experts say
Reuters via euronews
Enthusiasm for minimalist running shoes may have waned since the barefoot running craze that sparked them but fitness experts say the idea of minimalism has left a lighter, flatter, more natural footprint on the running industry, which is a good thing.More

Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the US, much of it preventable
New York Daily News
Endocrinology, Diabetes and Nutrition at Mount Sinai Saint Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt hospitals, Dr. Jeanine Albu specializes in diabetes treatment and prevention. November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Almost 10 percent of American adults are living with diabetes, and another 86 million are considered pre-diabetic. "Diabetes is defined as elevated blood glucose, or blood sugar," says Albu. "With proper medical treatment, diabetes can be kept in check, and in many cases it can be prevented in the first place."More

Telehealth gets more coverage from CMS
HealthLeaders Media
Among the new rules are provisions that will pay for remote chronic care management. "The combination of the chronic care management code and being able to use it in conjunction with monitoring of those chronic conditions is a big step forward," says the American Telemedicine Association.More

Why aren't more people choosing a career in podiatric medicine?
Podiatry Today
In 2007, the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) commissioned a study to investigate concerns of a pending shortage of podiatric physicians. According to the report entitled the "Podiatric Medicine Workforce Study" (prepared by the State University of New York, Albany), the number of graduating podiatrists needed to triple by 2014 in order to meet the health demands of an increasingly older, heavier and diabetic population.More

The best ways to show gratitude to patients and staff
Physician's Practice
Sharing kind words with patients and staff is critical to building strong relationships. Here are six ways to show gratitude more effectively. Thanksgiving is a special time of year. Families, friends, colleagues, and even strangers go out of their way to gather together to share gratitude, reminisce about positive accomplishments, and feast on the bounties of life. More

Operative versus non-operative treatment for closed, displaced, intra-articular fractures of the calcaneus: randomized controlled trial
The BMJ
The aim of this study is to investigate whether surgery by open reduction and internal fixation provides benefit compared with non-operative treatment for displaced, intra-articular calcaneal fractures.More