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Abstracts being accepted for presentation at ACFAOM 2014
ACFAOM
ACFAOM invites you to submit an abstract of unpublished original work for poster presentation on Friday, June 6 at the 2014 ACFAOM Annual Clinical Conference, in Alexandria, Va (just outside DC). Accepted Abstracts will be published in a 2014 issue of The Foot. All podiatric research topics will be considered for presentation, including retrospective, prospective and meta-analyses. Students only may also submit case studies for consideration.

ACFAOM 2014 will be presented as five 4-hour interactive learning sessions using case studies (not the usual passive lecture-based education); Biomechanics, Wound Care, Medicine/Dermatology, Imaging, and the Business of Podiatric Medicine. Following the main conference, the popular ACFAOM 4-hour Billing & Coding Workshop by Michael Warshaw, DPM, FACFAOM, will be presented on Sunday morning as an option for a small fee, with the 300-page 2014 Podiatry Manual included.

Program details here. Registration here. Remember, for all paid-up ACFAOM members ACFAOM 2014 is absolutely FREE if you register by May 5. That's 20 CE credit hours plus a discount on your PICA premium - at no cost. One-day registration also available.
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Meet Jordan Grossman, DPM, FACFAOM - today at 9 p.m. ET
ACFAOM
Dr. Jordan Grossman 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. Grossman is the current President of the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons and is Chief of Podiatry in the Department of Orthopaedics at Akron General Medical Center in Akron, Ohio. 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


Diabetic peripheral neuropathy: An unmet clinical need
Medscape
Pharmaceutical options for diabetic peripheral neuropathy are sorely required, says one expert in the field. Speaking at the International Diabetes Federation World Diabetes Congress 2013 in Melbourne last month, Rayaz A. Malik, MBChB, FRCP, Ph.D., from the Central Manchester University Teaching Hospitals and University of Manchester, United Kingdom, said: "We have no licensed treatment for diabetic neuropathy. We have witnessed failure after failure of numerous clinical trials despite great experimental data. None of these drugs has been translated into therapies we can prescribe to our patients."
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Are bouncy running strides more economical?
Runner's World
Running economy, often explained as the equivalent of gas mileage for runners, is a bit of a black art. There are plenty of theories about what influences it, and one famous study showed that Paula Radcliffe managed to improve her economy over a five year period — but no one is really sure how to reliably boost it. A recent Spanish study, just published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, takes a look at a parameter I hadn't seen discussed before, which they call "stride angle."
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Patient-generated data likely to grow as meaningful use moves forward
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
Stage 3 of the meaningful use incentive program will almost certainly expand the collection and use of patient-generated data, which could give a boost to technology such as home-monitoring devices and patient portals. The Health IT Policy Committee, the body that provides policy guidance to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, said it will recommend that hospitals and health systems be required to expand their collection and use of patient-generated data to qualify for stage 3 of the meaningful use incentive program.
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Age is a main factor for length of stay after primary elective ankle surgery
Orthopedics Today
Age is a significant factor in indicating patients who will have lengthier inpatient recoveries after primary elective total ankle replacement or ankle arthrodesis, according to a recently published data. In the study, Dr. Hossein Pakzad and colleagues studied 343 patients who underwent open or arthroscopic ankle fusion or total ankle replacement for end-stage ankle arthritis from 2003 to 2010. The researchers concluded that with every yearly increase in age, the length of stay increased by 1%. The median length of stay was 75 hours.
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Key insights on conservative care for adult flatfoot
Podiatry Today
Although a variety of surgical treatments are available for adult flatfoot, conservative treatments such as night splints and orthoses can be effective in managing the deformity. These authors provide keys to a thorough clinical exam of these patients, insights on accessing the severity of the flatfoot deformity and a review of conservative treatment options.
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Early days of ACA easier than feared
FiercePracticeManagement
Despite physicians' concerns that their offices would become overwhelmed with questions and confusion about the official rollout of the Affordable Care Act this week, the volume of newly insured patients seeking appointments has so far been modest, Reuters reported. Concerns about glitches with HealthCare.gov, verifying coverage and payment grace periods persist, however, so some practices have used the ACA's slow start as an opportunity to ensure claims get paid correctly the first time.
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Study sheds light on foot arthritis
Times of Malta
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 UK Primary Care Centre studied more than 5,000 people with painful foot osteoarthritis. The condition is caused by inflammation in and around the joints, damage to cartilage and swelling. People can suffer a range of symptoms including pain, stiffness and difficulty moving and often have osteoarthritis in other joints, such as hips or knees.
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Overweight and obesity in developing countries 'alarming'
Medical News Today
The 'alarming' rise in overweight and obese adults in developing countries is growing into a huge public health burden, says one of the authors of a new report from a U.K. think tank. The 130-page report, Future Diets, from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), which shows a comprehensive analysis of what the world eats, estimates one in three adults around the world is now either overweight or obese, and criticizes governments for failing to tackle the crisis.
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CURRENT RESEARCH ARTICLE OF INTEREST


Developing an evidence-based clinical pathway for the assessment, diagnosis and management of acute Charcot Neuro-Arthropathy: A systematic review
Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
Charcot Neuro-Arthropathy is one of the more devastating complications of diabetes. To the best of the authors' knowledge, it appears that no clinical tools based on a systematic review of existing literature have been developed to manage acute CN. Thus, the aim of this paper was to systematically review existing literature and develop an evidence-based clinical pathway for the assessment, diagnosis and management of acute CN in patients with diabetes.
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