Save the dates for ACFAOM 2012 - Oct. 11-14, in Downtown Disney, Fla.
This year's ACFAOM annual clinical conference will be held Oct. 11-14, at the Hilton in the Disney World Resort (www.hiltonorlandoresort.com). The focus of the conference will be the traditional ACFAOM hallmark content of Biomechanics, Medicine, Wound Management, and Dermatology/Pathology, using adult didactic and hands-on workshop learning, PLUS a special surgery track presented by the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons. The conference will provide a balanced education in all aspects of full-scope contemporary podiatry, with additional sessions on billing & coding, EHRs, HIPAA compliance, imaging, and other critical issues facing office-based practice. Mark off Oct. 11-14 on your practice calendar and plan on attending the most clinically relevant and practical conference you cannot afford to miss in 2012. More
Will US amputation rates continue to fall in people with diabetes?
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There may be some good news in regard to amputation rates in patients with diabetes in the United States. A recent study in Diabetes Care found that nontraumatic lower extremity amputation rates have decreased in patients with diabetes over age 40. Lin and colleagues found the amputation discharge rate per 1,000 people with diabetes was 3.9 in 2008 - down from 11.2 in 1996. More
Biomechanical analysis of ankle sprain 'copers'
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Researchers are investigating why some people develop chronic ankle instabilty after a sprain while others seem to heal normally. Biomechanical differences between the two cohorts may offer clues to the mechanisms underlying CAI and enhance preventive efforts. More
Meet Dr. Zuckerman - today at 9 p.m. ET
David Zuckerman, 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. Zuckerman is the medical director of Excellence Shockwave Therapy and Clearly Beautiful Nails Mobile Laser. Having practiced podiatry in New Jersey for 32 years, he is a trailblazer among the first podiatrists to adopt new technologies, such as Shockwave therapy, Pain Management, and use of lasers for onychomycosis. 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: PRP more effective than cortisone for severe chronic plantar fasciitis
Patients with severe chronic plantar fasciitis who received a platelet-rich plasma injection had a more durable response than patients who received a cortisone injection, according to a presenter here. "Platelet-rich plasma is significantly more effective than cortisone both in the short-term and the long-term treatment of these difficult patients. I think to speculate, this is probably the result of modulation of the local angiogenesis collagen turnover," Raymond R. Monto, M.D., said at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2012 Annual Meeting. More
Health IT managers say tablets can cause problems
As the popularity of tablet use among physicians continues to grow so too has the challenges that come with integrating these devices into the health IT enterprise. That's what a new study that polled 100 health IT managers reveals, with 74 percent of respondents saying tablets such as the iPad present challenges for entering data into enterprise healthcare applications and 66 percent say they believe providing technical support on consumer-grade tablets raises IT costs. More
Does patient age influence first ray procedure selection?
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Hallux abducto valgus is the most common pathology involving the first ray that we see as podiatric surgeons. In regard to the prevalence of this deformity in the general population, one study reported a 38 percent prevalence while another study cited a 58 percent prevalence. While epidemiologic studies of HAV tend to focus on adults over the age of 30, researchers have documented that this ubiquitous deformity occurs in both pediatric and geriatric populations with an increased incidence in older patients and females. More
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Recent research confirms that peak shear and peak pressure points occur at different locations under the foot, shedding some light on the role of shear in diabetic foot ulceration. More
A treatment option to heal your heel pain
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Heel pain affects nearly two million Americans each year and is one of the primary complaints heard by physicians who specialize in footinjury, according to the Plantar Fasciitis Organization. Heel pain, typically caused by faulty foot structure such as flat feet or high arches, can rangefrom mild to debilitating and is often treated through non-surgical procedures, including stretching exercises, shoe modifications, medication, orthotic devices, splints, or injection therapy. More
Declining rates of hospitalization for nontraumatic lower-extremity amputation in the diabetic population aged 40 years or older: US, 1988-2008
The objective of this study was to assess trends in rates of hospitalization for nontraumatic lower-extremity amputation in U.S. diabetic and nondiabetic populations and disparities in NLEA rates within the diabetic population. More