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ACFAOM 2014 Conference Registration Now Open
ACFAOM
All DPMs can now register online for ACFAOM's 2014 Clinical Conference in Alexandria, Va., June 5-8. Remember, the conference for all paid-up ACFAOM members is absolutely FREE if registered by May 5. That's 20 CE credit hours plus a discount on your PICA premium - at no cost.

ACFAOM 2014 will be centered around five interactive learning sessions using case studies (not the usual passive lecture-based education), starting at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 5; Biomechanics, Wound Care, Medicine/Dermatology, Imaging, and the Business of Podiatric Medicine. All sessions will focus on what the DPM in private practice faces every day – with the latest evidence-based treatment approaches. The main conference will end at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 7. On Sunday morning the popular ACFAOM 4-hour Billing & Coding Workshop by Michael Warshaw, DPM, FACFAOM, will be presented as an option for a small fee, with the 300-page 2014 Podiatry Manual included.

Put ACFAOM 2014, June 5-8, in your 2014 calendar now - and register today.
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Meet Barry Block, DPM and Bret Ribotsky, DPM - today at 9 p.m. ET
ACFAOM
Dr. Barry Block 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. Together, they will take a look back at 2013 and discuss what lies ahead for the podiatry world in 2014. 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.
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PROFESSION NEWS


Plantar fasciitis now being treated with stem cells
WebProNews
Plantar fasciitis, a chronic pain condition involving the sole of the foot, is now being treated using regenerative medicine like stem cell therapy, and offering the first form of real relief for many sufferers. Plantar fasciitis affects millions of Americans, and is a condition in which the plantar fascia – the thick tissue covering the sole of the foot – is inflamed, causing severe pain on the bottom of the foot, and impeding activities such as running and walking.
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Study to look at asthma drug for treating diabetes, obesity
Endocrine Today
Researchers will soon initiate a human study looking at the asthma drug amlexanox for treatment of diabetes and obesity. In a study published in December, Alan R. Saltiel, PhD, the Mary Sue Coleman Director of the Life Sciences Institute at the University of Michigan, and colleagues showed success with the drug in an animal model. Obese mice treated with the drug had a renewed sensitivity to catecholamines, utilized excess energy and returned to normal size, according to a press release in which Saltiel said amlexanox interferes with the expression of IKK-epsilon and TBK1, genes associated with obesity.
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Why choosing the right EMR vendor matters
EHR Intelligence
Even with a dedicated IT staff, EHR adoption is a serious undertaking. Because of their limited staff and resources, smaller physician practices have plenty at stake when choosing a particular EMR vendor and system. From meaningful use to health information exchange, physicians in small practices must rely more heavily than others on external resources to fill the knowledge gaps and remove technical obstacles in the way of a successful EHR adoption.
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Foot osteoarthritis affects 1 in 6 over 50s
Nursing Times
A painful form of arthritis in the foot affects one in six people over 50 - more than previously thought, research suggests. Experts at Keele University’s Arthritis Research U.K. Primary Care Centre studied more than 5,000 people with painful foot osteoarthritis.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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Expert pearls for treating Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
Podiatry Today
Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease is a genetically and clinically heterogeneous group of inherited disorders of the peripheral nervous system. The etiology of CMT is caused by mutations in neuronal proteins governed by various inherited patterns. The most common cause (70 to 80 percent) is the duplication on the short arm of chromosome 17 that includes the PMP22 gene. This affects mitochondrial protein coding for neuronal proteins. One can diagnose CMT through clinical symptoms, electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction velocity (NCV), peripheral nerve biopsy, and DNA testing.
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Your running shoes don't matter
Outside Magazine
If you’ve read Born to Run or you’ve found that your injuries disappear when you put on Hokas, you’d be forgiven for thinking the science of running shoes was more settled. In fact, no large-scale studies have uncovered a strong link between running shoe type and running injuries, and there’s no evidence that anything other than weight will affect your ability to run fast, as long as you remember that lighter is almost always better.
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How will Obamacare affect podiatry?
Podiatry Today
Podiatrists and patients alike may experience some confusion with the deluge of information regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This author discusses the insurance exchanges and what constitutes a "qualifying health plan" with the ACA, raises questions about potential obstacles with ACA and suggests proactive strategies to help ensure adequate reimbursement in the future.
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Food for thought: Exercise your optimism muscle
By Karen Childress
If you routinely hear phrases like "Why are you so negative?" coming from people who know you well — your spouse, practice partner, office manager or even your children — it may be time to work on building up your optimism muscle. Deep-seated optimism goes beyond simply the ability to maintain a sunny, hopeful outlook on life. You can learn to be more optimistic and doing so, according to numerous studies, can result in improved health, better relationships with others and even greater longevity.
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT PEARLS FROM AAPPM


Key components of a medical practice strategic plan
Physician's Practice
Strategic planning is a great way to outline your practice's goals and priorities in the year ahead, it's also a great opportunity to create a more formal strategic planning document outlining your practice's mission, vision, competitive advantages, and more. Here is a full list of the items that you may want to consider including in your practice's strategic planning document.
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CURRENT RESEARCH ARTICLE OF INTEREST


Effect of thong style flip-flops on children's barefoot walking and jogging kinematics
Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
Thong style flip-flops are a popular form of footwear for children. Health professionals relate the wearing of thongs to foot pathology and deformity despite the lack of quantitative evidence to support or refute the benefits or disadvantages of children wearing thongs. The purpose of this study was to compare the effect of thong footwear on children’s barefoot three dimensional foot kinematics during walking and jogging.
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