5 New Guidelines From The AOFAS, The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society

Posted by on Monday, August 17th, 2015

The latest series of guidelines to come down the pipeline from the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society urge caution and restraint in treating a number of conditions.1http://www.aofas.org/medical-community/health-policy/Documents/Choosing_Wisely_FINAL_9.5.14.pdf Podiatrists may be too quick to offer prescriptions or therapies, telling patients what they want to hear — rather than judiciously recommending treatments based on symptoms and trying the most conservative options first. While this may be frustrating to patients — especially ones who have recently switched foot doctors — sometimes less is best in this industry. Here’s what the society recently had to say about everything from bunions and flat feet to plantar fasciitis and Morton’s neuromas.

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The AOFAS now recommends placing weight on the foot during x-rays. | Image source: Flickr CC user ElizaIO

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1. http://www.aofas.org/medical-community/health-policy/Documents/Choosing_Wisely_FINAL_9.5.14.pdf