The Foot & Ankle Weekly
Dec. 10, 2013

Mark your 2014 calendar for ACFAOM's Annual Clinical Conference
ACFAOM
ACFAOM's 2014 Annual Clinical Conference will be held at the Hilton Old Town Alexandria in historic Alexandria, Va., just minutes away from Washington DC. ACFAOM members will be able to attend the conference and earn 24 CECHs for FREE, plus receive a 10 percent savings on PICA Premiums.

Focusing on the clinical conditions faced in the typical podiatric office, ACFAOM 2014 will be based on clinical cases and presented in an interactive and practical manner, with demonstrations and hands-on learning as appropriate. The program will feature five 4-hour sessions: Biomechanics, Wound Care, Medicine/Dermatology, Imaging, and the Business of Podiatric Medicine. There will also be an optional 4-hour Billing & Coding Workshop on Sunday Morning. Bring the family for a learning experience for everyone; you on how to be a more astute and capable clinician; your family on our Nation's history.

More information will be available during the coming weeks and will be posted at ACFAOM.org. Mark your calendars today! More

Meet Lee Rogers, DPM - today at 9 p.m. ET
ACFAOM
Dr. Lee Rogers 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. Rogers is Medical Director at Amputation Prevention Center at Sherman Oaks Hospital in Los Angeles, Calif., and a recent candidate for U.S. Congress in California's 25th District. 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

What ACA means for people with diabetes
Everyday Health
"People with diabetes who need to see an endocrinologist, who need a yearly eye exam, who may be on new medications, are really having a real hard time figuring out what the exchange plans will and won’t cover,” said Catherine Carver, vice president for planning and advocacy at the Joslin Diabetes Center, the world’s largest diabetes research and clinical care organization.More

Energetics of landing: Effects of ankle instability
Lower Extremity Review
A diminished capability for energy dissipation at the knee after ground impact during landing in patients with chronic ankle instability may result in greater demands on the ankle joint. Modifying landing strategies could potentially reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injury.More

Why HealthCare.gov should have been a mobile app
By Alex Bratton
Of all the problems with the HealthCare.gov site, perhaps the most baffling is why it was created as a website in the first place. The main target of the HealthCare.gov website is young, healthy millennials, those aged 18-29 years old. Since millennials don't run up big healthcare bills, their monthly premiums will subsidize the insurance benefits of nearly 4.3 million older and less healthy Americans. The problem with HealthCare.gov is that these millennials don't get their information the same way as older generations.More

High heels: Fashionably dangerous
U-T San Diego
Fashion trends in women’s footwear are almost completely at odds with comfort these days. So for all the women out there still willing to ignore the pain, here are some things to keep in mind as you plan out your holiday party wardrobe and eye those stilettos.More

Billions in healthcare law fees to hit consumers, businesses
The Columbus Dispatch
U.S. employers and consumers will bear the brunt of more than $20 billion in fees to be assessed in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act. Health insurers are passing the mandatory fees on to many people, including those who buy coverage directly from insurers or who get health benefits through their jobs. In some cases, Medicare Advantage plans and Ohio's Medicaid managed-care plans also will have to pay.More

Experts debate the validity of 'healthy obesity' studies, claims
WAOK-TV
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over a third of all American adults are considered obese. CDC researchers have traditionally expressed concern on the matter, noting that the 35.7 percent of adults in the U.S. struggling with obesity are at risk of “heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.” The issue of obesity in America is frequently discussed at medical conferences and in news reports alike, especially as the amount of people grappling with their weight increases.More

Clock is ticking: New acetaminophen combo limitations coming soon
By Jason Poquette
Beginning in January, manufacturers of combination prescription products containing acetaminophen are expected to limit their APAP content to no more than 325 mg per dose. The significance of this is that many narcotic combination products currently being dispensed will soon no longer be compliant with these guidelines. The most significant impact for this group would be the changes related to hydrocodone/acetaminophen combination products, many of which still contain 500 mg of APAP or more.More

How to handle negative online reviews
FiercePracticeManagement
As the Internet age has evolved, so too have doctors' love-hate relationships with online reviews. As a recent post from Forbes pointed out, giving patients the power to influence physicians' reputations on such a large scale, with limited ability to respond, is scary. But as we've seen by following the industry response to medical 'gag orders' once offered by companies such as Medical Justice, attempting to squelch patients' public feedback easily leads to bigger issues. Those problems include angry, litigious patients, as well as an inability to create a credible online reputation by keeping the number of reviews too small to represent the full spectrum of patient opinions.More

What medical practices need to know about whistle-blowing lawsuits
Physician's Practice
In FY 2012, the federal government recovered $2.5 billion in fraudulent healthcare payments. Sums like that attract a lot of attention from potential whistle-blowers and potential defendants. Medical practices need to understand the whistle-blower process and how the government decides who to pursue. More

Effectiveness of interventions in reducing pain and maintaining physical activity in children and adolescents with calcaneal apophysitis (Sever's disease): A systematic review
Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
Calcaneal apophysitis, also commonly known as sever’s disease, is a condition seen in children usually aged between 8–15 years. Conservative therapies, such as taping, heel lifts and orthotic intervention are accepted management practices for calcaneal apophysitis, though there is very little high quality research examining the efficacy of such treatment modalities. Previous narrative literature reviews and opinion pieces provide some evidence for the use of heel raises or orthoses. The aim of this manuscript was to complete a systemic review on the treatment options for calcaneal apophysitis as measured by pain reduction and maintenance of physical activity.More