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Happy Holidays
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The American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine (ACFAOM) extends its warmest wishes to you and your family for a wonder holiday season and a personally and professionally successful 2013. This is a period of reflecting on the year gone by (way too fast!) and the challenges facing us next year. Thanks for being a loyal reader of Foot & Ankle Weekly in 2012. If you are not yet a member of ACFAOM, we invite you to join us to help assure that podiatric biomechanics and medicine in its fullest scope remains the base of contemporary podiatric practice in 2013. Please visit our website at to learn more about the College. More

Is there a place for topical NSAIDs in podiatric sports medicine?
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Musculoskeletal injuries are one of the most common, if not the most common, condition we see in podiatric sports medicine practices. While the injuries can be acute or chronic, there are multiple treatment modalities podiatrists can use to resolve the condition and return the athlete to sport. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are the most common prescribed medications and are a cornerstone in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain management. They are well known for their analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antipyretic properties, but they also known for adverse effects, specifically cardiovascular risk and gastrointestinal toxicity. More

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Tibial bone health asymmetries persist in stroke survivors despite use of AFOs
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Tibial bone mineral density in stroke survivors who use ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) remains significantly higher in the unaffected limb than the affected limb after more than a decade, according to research from the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. More

Computer adaptive testing represents new paradigm for assessing patient outcomes
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Using a computerized adaptive testing approach to select questions from a lower extremity item bank reduced patient burden and improved precision compared with two commonly used foot and ankle scales. More

Long-term income growth slow for physicians
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Since 1987, physicians' income growth has been exceeded by other healthcare professionals, according to an analysis of survey data from the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Data from the Current Population Survey show that adjusted annual income for physicians rose 9.6 percent from 1987-1990 to 2006-2010, compared with increases of 54 percent for physician assistants, 44 percent for pharmacists, and 24 percent for registered nurses, said Seth A. Seabury, Ph.D., of the Rand Corporation in Santa Monica, California, and his associates. More
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Bunionplasty: A plastic foot surgery craze?
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Move over comes bunionplasty. That's right. Bunionplasty equals plastic surgery for a bunion. Due to the rise of cosmetic foot surgery, it's now time to don the "-plasty" suffix for the cosmetic correction of bunions. Bunionplasty can now join the ranks of rhinoplasty, abdominoplasty and blepharoplasty. More

The dangers of 'declaring' diagnoses
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Dr. Allen Jacobs writes, "Let me present two instances from this past year in which I had the opportunity to serve as an expert defense witness. Both cases went to court. Both cases came back as defense verdicts. Both cases were characterized by a foot and ankle orthopedist acting as the expert witness for the plaintiff. In both cases, the suit began when an orthopedist 'declared' a diagnosis." More

Medical practice costs creep higher
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A year-to-year comparison of cost increases at both physician- and hospital-owned medical practices shows senior executives and administrators are increasingly being called on to build efficiencies. MGMA-ACMPE (formerly the Management Group Medical Association) released on Wednesday its annual report on cost data gathered from member and nonmember practices. Published since the mid-1950s, the Cost Survey for Multispecialty Practices: 2012 Report Based on 2011 Details, is a 300-page benchmark report used by practices to measure how their spending and cost increases compare with their peers. More

Doctor bets best defense to legal woes is a good offense
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Facing federal criminal charges of defrauding Medicare and three insurance companies out of millions of dollars, an Oak Brook dermatologist has filed a civil suit against Humana Inc.'s health plan, one of the alleged victims of the scheme. More

Engaging patients through mobile devices
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In 2012, the term "patient engagement" entered the spotlight, as physicians were urged by Congress, payers, healthcare consultants, and even their closest friends to "engage patients" in their own healthcare. Preferably in an electronic, HIPAA-compliant way. More

Pressure-reduction and preservation in custom-made footwear of patients with diabetes and a history of plantar ulceration
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This study aims to assess the value of using in-shoe plantar pressure analysis to improve and preserve the offloading properties of custom-made footwear in patients with diabetes. More

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