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Dr. Robert Spalding made a splash on Anderson Live
ACFAOM
This past Friday, Dr. Robert Spalding, ACFAOM Member and author of Death by Pedicure, joined Anderson Cooper on his daytime talk show Anderson Live. Dr. Spalding discussed the dangers of nail salons and outlined important ways clients can protect themselves from hidden health risks. Click here to watch a clip of Dr. Spalding’s appearance on the show.

Dr. Spalding is a practicing podiatrist in Chattanooga, Tenn., and is founder of the Area Podiatry Centers and has spent 10 years lecturing on the problems in the nail salon industry. He is also the co-founder of the Medinail Learning Center and has been working closely with ACFAOM to establish an online Clinical Podiatric Medical Assistant Certification Program due to be launched in February.
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Meet Harry Goldsmith, DPM, FACFAOM - today at 9 p.m. ET
ACFAOM
Dr. Harry Goldsmith 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. Goldsmith has over 20 years of active experience in the areas of medical review, quality assurance, practice management, reimbursement management, managed care, as well as medical-legal issues. He has been a consultant to many national third party payers including Medicare (Southern California), Blue Cross of California, managed care companies, and unions/trusts, and is a noted lecture and author on topics of managed care, reimbursement, coding/billing, practice management and fraud/abuse. 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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INDUSTRY NEWS


Achilles tendon lengthening shows benefits for diabetic foot
News-medical.net
Researchers report that the addition of Achilles tendon lengthening to procedures for managing diabetic forefoot and midfoot ulceration seems warranted. The results showed that Achilles tendon lengthening decreased the relative risk for ulcer recurrence by 94 percent, after taking into account factors such as ulceration type, the need for vascular intervention, and end-stage renal disease, cardiopulmonary disease, and osteomyelitis.
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New tort reform law a 'tremendous win' for doctors
American Medical News
Physicians are praising a refurbished tort reform package signed into Michigan law in January that they say strengthens protections against frivolous cases. The Patients First Reform Package enhances reforms approved in 1993 by improving how jury awards are calculated and clarifying which claims fall under noneconomic damages, said Colin J. Ford, senior director of state and federal government relations for the Michigan State Medical Society.
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Lower extremity effects of detraining in athletes
Lower Extremity Review
Evidence suggests that when an athlete stops or tapers his or her training, the resulting effects on endurance, strength, balance, and lower extremity biomechanics may increase the risk of injury. Understanding these effects can help prac­ti­tioners minimize injury risks.
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Lesser metatarsalgia: Are lesser metatarsal osteotomies necessary?
Podiatry Today
Carefully considering the biomechanical factors that contribute to lesser metatarsalgia, these authors advocate and offer insights on combining a modified Hibbs procedure and a Girdlestone-Taylor procedure to maximize outcomes without the complications of a metatarsal osteotomy.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    New Medicare AFO requirements: Making the best out of a bad ruling (Podiatry Today)
Proposed meaningful use stage 3 criticized as hasty and too strict (American Medical News)
Ankle arthritis: To fuse or not to fuse? (Podiatry Today)
ACFAOM Member Dr. Robert Spalding to make appearance on Anderson Cooper Live this Friday, Feb. 1 (ACFAOM)
Scaffolding-based treatments for ankle lesions are promising, but more research is needed (Orthopedics Today)

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In US, Obesity rate stable in 2012
Gallup
Americans were as likely to be obese in 2012 as they were in 2011. But the 26.2 percent who were obese in 2012 remains slightly higher than the 25.5 percent recorded in 2008. Another 36.1 percent of Americans were overweight in 2012 and about as many were a normal weight - 35.9 percent.
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Prescription footwear underused for foot ulcer prevention
Medscape
Even if the shoe fits, it cannot help diabetes patients if they don't wear it. In a study published online Jan. 15 in Diabetes Care, Roelof Waaijman, MSc, from the Department of Rehabilitation at the University of Amsterdam, and colleagues found lower-than-optimal adherence to wearing custom-made footwear among patients who were at risk for diabetic foot ulcers.
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Revisiting the consensus recommendations of the International Task Force on the Charcot Foot
Podiatry Today
Lee. C. Rogers DPM writes, "In February 2011, 18 Charcot foot experts from six different countries gathered in Paris at the La Salpetriere Hospital to achieve a consensus on the diagnosis and treatment of this debilitating condition. I was honored to co-chair this historic meeting with Robert Frykberg, DPM. Both the American Diabetes Association and the American Podiatric Medical Association sanctioned the International Task Force on the Charcot Foot. The proceedings were jointly published in Diabetes Care and the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association."
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Shoe inserts cut diabetes amputations
Newsmax Health
Swedish researchers have identified a simple way to reduce diabetes-related amputations by half: Shoe inserts that minimize the risk of foot ulcers. Medical investigators with the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, noted health statistics indicate every 30 seconds a doctor performs an amputation as a result of foot complications due to diabetes somewhere in the world.
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT PEARLS FROM AAPPM


Stay interviews: How to keep medical practice staff on the job
Physician's Practice
Even Americans who are lucky enough to be working in this economy are becoming unhappy with their jobs. According to 2011 version of the Conference Board Job Satisfaction Survey, in which researchers interviewed 5,000 households, only 47 percent of Americans are satisfied with their work. To make matters worse, many employers take their employees for granted by saying they should be grateful to have any job in this economy.
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CURRENT RESEARCH ARTICLE OF INTEREST


A pilot study to assess the effectiveness of orthotic insoles on the reduction of plantar soft tissue strain
Clinical Biomechanics via PubMed
Plantar ulcers pose a frequent serious complication in the neuropathic foot. Previous studies suggested that ulcer initiation occurs within the plantar soft tissue rather than on the plantar surface. This study investigated the effectiveness of different shaped silicone insoles on the reduction of both plantar soft tissue strain and pressure. The authors have found no previous experimental studies on the effectiveness of insole shape on reducing plantar soft tissue strain during standing.
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