The Foot & Ankle Weekly
Nov. 27, 2012

Charcot neuroarthropathy and bone mineral density
Lower Extremity Review
Research indicates that in diabetic patients with Charcot neuroarthropathy, peripheral bone mineral density decreases over time, which can contribute to risks of hardware failure, loss of correction, delayed union, and nonunion in patients with advanced disease.More

Meet Barry Block, DPM - today at 9 p.m.
Dr. Barry Block 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. Block, editor of Podiatry Management and publisher of PM News, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from ACFAOM last year at the 2011 conference and is a household name in the field of podiatry. 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

Reducing prevalence of diabetes mellitus
Business Day
Diabetes mellitus occurs throughout the world, but it is more common in developed countries. However, it has been predicted that the greatest increase in prevalence is expected to occur in Asia and Africa due to the trend of urbanization and lifestyle changes, mostly the adoption of 'western style' diet. More

Can midfoot nerve blocks get hallux valgus patients back on their feet quicker?
Podiatry Today
In order to address possible pain after hallux valgus surgery, surgeons have used sciatic nerve blocks for anesthesia and post-op analgesics. However, a new study in the French journal Annales Françaises d'Anesthésie et de Réanimation notes that in a percutaneous approach to bunion surgery, a midfoot block may promote quicker postoperative ambulation.More

Supreme Court revives 'Obamacare' challenge
The Washington Times
A lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's healthcare law will be heard again in a federal appellate court, the Supreme Court ruled recently. The ruling "breathes new life" into the challenge to the Affordable Care Act, said Mathew Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, which represents the petitioners. More

Obesity rates among US children triple in past 30 years
Winona Daily News
Between 1980 and 2008, the number of overweight U.S. children has tripled among 6- to 11-year-olds and more than tripled among 12- to- 19-year-olds, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.More

Study: Number of US kids with diabetes could skyrocket
U.S. News & World Report
If the current trends in diabetes for young people stay the same, rates of Type 2 diabetes will rise by 49 percent by 2050, and rates of Type 1 diabetes will increase by 23 percent, according to new government estimates. And that's not even the worse-case scenario.More

Self-selected gait speed: A critical clinical outcome
Lower Extremity Review
When treating patients who are going through rehabilitation, clinicians may be overemphasizing gait distance and over­looking the importance of gait speed. Clinical assessment of gait speed is sim­ple and inexpensive but can be a significant indicator of functional recovery.More

Administration affirms key mandates of healthcare law
Los Angeles Times
The Obama administration reaffirmed key requirements of the new healthcare law recently, setting out how insurance companies will cover nearly all Americans, even if they are already ill, and provide plans with minimum benefits.More

'Stiletto Surgery' alters pinky toe for better fit
Fox News
These days, some women will do just about anything to fit into their favorite pair of high heels - including surgery. A growing number of women are paying thousands of dollars to surgically alter their feet just to make wearing heels a more comfortable experience.More

Why you need a medical practice cancellation policy
Physician's Practice
Over the next two months, there are several holidays which may wreak havoc on your schedule. Are you prepared with a solid cancellation policy? You should be. There are several options to help deter patients from not showing up for their appointment, or calling and canceling. Obviously, there are emergencies that arise which are legitimate reasons to cancel. However, handling those not-so-emergency phone calls takes a good policy and a little bit of front-office training.More

Epigenetic mechanisms in the pathogenesis of diabetic foot ulcer
Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications
The incidence of diabetes mellitus, a chronic metabolic disease associated with both predisposing genetic and environmental factors, is increasing globally. As a result, it is expected that there will also be an increasing incidence of diabetic complications which arise as a result of poor glycemic control. Complications include cardiovascular diseases, nephropathy, retinopathy and diabetic foot ulcers. The findings of several major clinical trials have identified that diabetic complications may arise even after many years of proper glycemic control. More