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As 2012 comes to a close, ACFAOM wishes its members, partners, and other friends in podiatric medicine a safe and happy holiday season. We trust that the Foot & Ankle Weekly, has become a friendly e-newsletter with current information you find interesting and useful. As we reflect on the past year we are providing readers of the Foot & Ankle Weekly another look at the most accessed articles in 2012. Our regular publication will resume next Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013.

Whats, whens and whys of plantar fasciitis care
Lower Extremity Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
April 17, 2012: Published guidelines for management of plantar fasciitis don't cover every detail of which interventions to try, in what order, and for how long. As a result, every practitioner tends to interpret the gray areas just a little differently. More

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More doctors leave practices for hospital
Wyoming Tribune Eagle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The days of doctors owning their practices soon may be as rare as house calls and low-cost care. More independent doctors across the U.S. now work for hospitals. The trend is happening in Cheyenne too, as more doctors are joining the staff of Cheyenne Regional Medical Center through its Cheyenne Regional Physicians Group. Doctors say joining a hospital's staff enables them to focus on medicine without worrying about the business headaches. More

Emerging evidence on treatment of the diabetic Charcot foot
Podiatry Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
March 6, 2012: Charcot foot is a devastating bone and joint disease. While it most commonly occurs in those with diabetes and neuropathy, it has been known to occur with other non-diabetic neuropathies as well. Charcot foot commonly leads to disability and premature retirement. If one is unsuccessful in treating the Charcot foot, amputation is usually the endpoint. More

A scientific look at the dangers of high heels
The New York Times Well Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Jan. 31, 2012: How shoes affect human gait is a controversial topic these days. The popularity of barefoot running, for instance, has grown in large part because of the belief, still unproven, that wearing modern, well-cushioned running shoes decreases foot strength and proprioception, the sense of how the body is positioned in space, and contributes to running-related injuries. Whether high heels might likewise affect the wearer's biomechanics and injury risk has received scant scientific attention, however, even though millions of women wear heels almost every day. More

The top 10 innovations in podiatry
Podiatry Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Aug. 7, 2012: Emerging advances in podiatry include a new system to facilitate plantar plate repair, new diagnostic tools, a topical wound care gel and the development of amniotic membrane for use in podiatric surgery. Accordingly, this author talks to various experts to get their insights on these new innovations. More
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Congress passes measure to delay Medicare physician payment cut
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Feb. 21, 2012: By a vote of 60 to 36, the U.S. Senate has passed a measure that delays a 27.4 percent Medicare physician payment cut. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill into law. Earlier, the House passed the House-Senate conference report by a vote of 293 in favor and 132 against. More

Diabetes amputations drop dramatically
Medical Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Feb. 7, 2012: The rate of foot and leg amputations as a result of diabetes have has fallen by more than half since the mid-1990s, according to new government research released recently. Amputations were once a common fate for diabetics, but health officials said that the rate of foot and leg amputations among diabetes patients aged 40 and older fell by 65 percent between 1996 and 2008, according to a data analysis by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More

Selection of amputation level in diabetic patients
Lower Extremity Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
May 29, 2012: Not all patients with diabetes and not all ulcerated limbs are amenable to salvage. When salvage is not an option, amputation can help improve patient function, but a number of factors should be considered when deciding how much of the foot - if any - should be retained. More

Taping alters ankle biomechanics
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Feb. 28, 2012: This study found that closed basket-weave ankle taping significantly affects ankle range of motion and time to peak vertical ground reaction force, which can have implications higher up the kinetic chain that appear to vary from one individual to another. More

Runners risk more foot problems if they wear heels
Medill Reports Chicago    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
March 13, 2012: Runners who wear high heels may be at a greater risk for foot, knee and back injury. Podiatrist Rodney Stuck of Loyola University Health System said high heels are the leading cause of ingrown toenails, or onychocryptosis. But for runners, the physical problems of wearing high-heels can be worsened and lead to even more severe problems than the average high-heels wearer because of additional strain. More

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