The Foot & Ankle Weekly
Nov. 22, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving
The American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine (ACFAOM) extends it warmest wishes to you and your family for a wonder Thanksgiving holiday. Despite the many issues facing our profession, we are incredibly fortunate to be able to serve others in a meaningful way every day of the week. ACFAOM also thanks you for being a loyal reader of Foot & Ankle Weekly.More

Better nutrition boosts diabetic foot outcomes
Lower Extremity Review
The evidence documenting the role of nutrition in improving wound healing and neuropathy symptoms hasn't been widely publicized, particularly among lower extremity health care practitioners. But getting that information to your diabetic patients could help save their feet.More

Orthotic management of the pes cavus foot
Lower Extremity Review
Published studies on pes cavus are in short supply, making evidence-based orthotic management a challenge. This author proposes a theory of pes cavus etiology based on muscle imbalances and reactions, which may support the concept of early orthotic intervention.More

What happened to continuing education for podiatric biomechanics?
Podiatry Today
Doug Richie Jr., DPM, FACFAS, writes, "While doing background research for this blog, I originally intended to focus on the reasons why topics relating to biomechanics have vanished from presentations at major podiatric conferences around the country. I wanted to review the lecture schedules from last year as well as upcoming meetings in 2012 to make sure that I was correct regarding the dearth of biomechanics lectures."More

Meet Dr. Edwin Harris - today at 9 p.m. ET
Edwin Harris, DPM, 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. Harris is a pediatric podiatrist in private practice in Westchester, Ill. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, and a member of the teaching and clinical faculty of the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine. He has lectured extensively on topics related to children's podiatric medicine and surgery, has authored many articles and book chapters, and has served as Section Editor for the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery. Special interests include reconstruction of congenital deformities, pediatric trauma, neuromuscular disease, and pain management. 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

Study measures effectiveness of orthotics
Physical Therapy Products
Researchers at the University of Calgary Running Injury Clinic, Alberta, Canada, examined the effectiveness of orthotics, publishing their findings in the June 2011 issue of the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research. More

Supplementing diabetic wound care with hyperbaric medicine
Podiatry Today
As the diabetes mellitus epidemic continues to grow, so does the number of diabetic wounds in the lower extremity. Researchers have estimated that the number of individuals with diabetes mellitus who eventually develop a lower extremity ulceration may be as high as 25 percent.More

Hispanics with diabetes urged to get yearly foot care
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Hispanics are the focus of a campaign to promote foot care among people with diabetes, says the American Podiatric Medical Association. Hispanics are 66 percent more likely than whites to be diagnosed with diabetes, which can result in foot ulcers and lower limb amputations. Leading causes of type 2 diabetes include poor diet, lack of exercise and genetics, risk factors that are especially high among Hispanics, according to the association.More

Increased graft survival in foot and ankle surgery aided by negative pressure wound therapy
When used in conjunction with reticulated open cell foam, negative pressure wound therapy significantly increases split-thickness skin graft survival in foot and ankle reconstructive surgeries compared to conventional therapy, according to a study published in the International Wound Journal.More

Location, location, location: Geographic clustering of lower-extremity amputation among Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes
DiabetesCare (subscriber only)
Lower-extremity amputation is common among persons with diabetes. The goal of this study was to identify geographic variation and the influence of location on the incidence of LEA among U.S. Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes.More