FREE webinar on P.A.D. and diabetic care - 8 p.m. ET, today
Supported by an educational grant from BioMedix™, ACFAOM is presenting a 1 CME-credit Webinar titled In-office Testing for P.A.D. - The 1st Line of Defense in Maintaining the Diabetic Patient on Tuesday, June 14 (8 - 9 p.m. ET) FREE to all DPMs. Faculty will be John Guiliana, DPM, and Kirk Geter, DPM. At the conclusion of this Webinar, participants will be able to articulate the connection between P.A.D. and diabetics, and the patient care principles to identify and care for this growing, yet underserved, population in the United States. This educational program has been designed for podiatrists in general practice and is sponsored by the American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine, which is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a sponsor of continuing education in podiatric medicine. To register for this free Webinar click here. More
Registration open for ACFAOM 2011 - Early Bird deadline is Aug. 22
ACFAOM's Annual Clinical Conference: Total Immersion, Oct. 27-30, at Disney World, will be a comprehensive learning experience for podiatric physicians looking to enhance clinical skills in the areas of Biomechanics, Wound Care, Medicine and Dermatology. This year's meeting offers a full spectrum of 6-hour tracks fundamental to the office-based practice of podiatric medicine with in-depth lectures and "hands-on" workshops. Other special features are workshops on Billing & Coding, EHR & HIPAA Compliance, and Ultrasound in Podiatric Practice. If you are not a member of ACFAOM, please review the conference program and consider joining ACFAOM so that you can attend at a special membership rate of $199 - and earn 21 CME credits for less than $9/credit. For the latest Program, Online Registration, Call for Abstracts, Hotel Reservations, and Disney World tickets click here. More
New Practice Management Feature - presented by AAPPM
ACFAOM is delighted to announce that starting with this issue our sister organization, the American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management (AAPM), will be presenting a practice management pearl every other week. Recently, a section was added to provide access to a relevant clinical research paper (see below) and this new practice management section is another step to expand the relevance of the Foot & Ankle Weekly for all DPMs. See the new section below under "Practice Management Pearls from AAPPM."
Dorsiflexed AFO alignment improves gait variables in post-stroke patients
Lower Extremity Review Share
An ankle foot orthosis that orients the ankle in slight dorsiflexion may help improve knee flexion during gait and reduce the risk of heel ulcers in post-stroke patients, according to research from Marquette University in Milwaukee. Investigators performed gait analysis on eight patients with impaired mobility following a stroke, as they walked while wearing an experimental AFO set for three different ankle alignment conditions. The three AFO conditions (5° of plantar flexion, neutral, and 5° of dorsiflexion) were tested in random order. More
Can low-level laser therapy have an impact for small fiber neuropathy?
Podiatry Today Share
Diabetic neuropathy is the most common diabetes-related comorbidity. Diabetic neuropathy impacts between 60 to 70 percent of all patients with diabetes. The burden to treat this disorder will only intensify as current trends predict that more than 360 million individuals worldwide will be diagnosed with diabetes by the year 2030. More
Meet Dr. Mozena - today at 9 p.m. ET
John Mozena, 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. Mozena is a graduate of CCPM and is board certified by ABPS and is a former residency director of the Portland Podiatric Surgery program. He is a four time Ironman finisher and has completed over 20 Marathons. 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
Foot doctors look for a leg up
The Sacramento Bee Share
Podiatrists, tenders of corns, bunions and other troubles of the humble foot, are classified as second-class citizens in the medical world – a rung below full-fledged M.D.s. But with the surge in people with diabetes, they're playing a particularly vital role these days in preventing amputations. And there's a move afoot to boost their official status as well. More
Short-term study shows better results with PRP vs. cortisone for plantar fasciitis
According to a presentation, an injection of platelet-rich plasma resulted in better foot and ankle scores than cortisone in patients with severe chronic plantar fasciitis. "I decided to apply the use of platelets and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) technology in this type of refractory case," Raymond R. Monto, M.D., said at the 12th EFORT Congress 2011. "How does it work? We are probably seeing modulation at least of angiogenesis of collagen turnover and some tissue healing." More
Toe touching accurately predicts foot-ulcer risk
Irish Medical Times Share
Lightly touching the toes of a patient with diabetes is an effective way to assess the risk of foot ulcers, research shows. A U.K. study noted that in the absence of neurologic devices such as monofilament, many doctors "touch the feet with cotton wool or even their fingers." The team from Ipswich Hospital in Norfolk, Ireland, formalized the method into a technique they called the 'Ipswich Touch Test.' More
Diabetes-related foot infections reduced through new imaging technique
A new study has found that combining two different imaging agents with accurate molecular imaging techniques can offer patients with type 2 diabetes an effective screening method to deal with foot infections. Since diabetes can bring problems such as nerve damage and reduced blood flow to the feet, people suffering from the metabolic condition are open to possible infection. More
How high is too high for heels?
The Cincinnati Enquirer Share
No doubt about it: High heels look great. A pair of 5-inch stilettos can lengthen the legs, thrust the hips forward for a sexier silhouette and turn any woman into a statuesque beauty. But at what cost? Podiatrists can rattle off the physical tolls caused by repeatedly wearing towering heels. More
'In-Office Dispensing' courtesy of AAPPM
The American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management (AAPPM) is honored to contribute regular practice management content to ACFAOM's Foot & Ankle Weekly. To show our appreciation, we decided to share one of our flagship presentations, "In-Office Dispensing" that is always a favorite at our conferences. This presentation was recorded as one of our monthly member-exclusive Webinars and is presented by Dr. Hal Ornstein, AAPPM Chairman, and Dr. Bill McCann, AAPPM Past-President. To view this presentation click here (requires Windows Media Player). More
Study: Why do physicians order unnecessary preoperative tests?
Family Medicine Share
During pre-surgical evaluations, physicians frequently order a battery of tests. Preoperative laboratory testing in the United States costs at least $18 billion annually. The value of routine preoperative testing has been challenged. In fact, preoperative tests rarely change management and may cause harm to patients. Up to 93 percent of preoperative tests are not indicated. More