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Present your research 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ACFAOM invites you to submit an abstract of unpublished original work for poster presentation on Friday, June 6 at the 2014 ACFAOM Annual Clinical Conference, in Alexandria, Va.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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When a high arched patient has dorsal foot pain with orthoses
Podiatry Today
A fairly common complication for patients with cavus foot type who begin wearing orthosis is to develop pain on the dorsum of the foot secondary to shoe pressure. Without orthotic devices, the foot is allowed to collapse somewhat and this will decrease pressure on the dorsum of the foot. This collapse does, of course, often lead to the symptoms that brought the patient into your practice in the first place and clinicians often treat these symptoms with foot orthoses. However, by placing an orthosis under the arch of the foot, particularly one that conforms well to the arch, it can have the effect of increasing pressure on the dorsum of the foot.
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4 ways to thrive in the new payment environment
HealthLeaders Media
Reduced reimbursements are the most-cited threat to healthcare organizations, but strategic leaders can find ways to mitigate the potential harm by shoring up collections and getting serious about analytics. When Robin Norman, senior vice president and CFO at Virginia Hospital Center, a 334-bed institution in Arlington, Va., looks ahead to the rest of 2014, the glaring issue she sees on the horizon for her organization is declining reimbursements.
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CT characterizing the anatomy of uninjured ankle syndesmosis
Orthopedics
Although it is expert opinion that transsyndesmotic screws are placed obliquely 30° from posterolateral to anteromedial in the transverse plane, this has not been formally studied, and there is inconsistency regarding the congruency of the distal tibiofibular joint. Thirty-eight computed tomography (CT) scans of the lower extremity were used to examine the rotational profile of the axis of the syndesmotic joint in relation to the femoral transepicondylar axis and to describe the congruency of this joint.
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Early childhood obesity may predict weight in the teen years
Forbes
Kids who are overweight or obese at five years old tend to stay that way into their teen years – and possibly beyond – according to a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine. There’s some evidence that the childhood obesity crisis has improved or at least leveled off in the last decade. But the new research suggests that it’s still a serious concern. And it pointed to one reality in particular: Weight problems begin at a much earlier age than we’d thought – likely in the preschool years – which means that weight loss “interventions” will have to be shifted to reflect this.
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Use analytics to unkink patient flow
FiercePracticeManagement
Managing the patient-visit cycle gives practices the most potential for profitability and efficiency over any other initiative. In addition, smoother patient flow enhances care and improves safety, according to research from the Commonwealth Fund. But to fix inefficiencies, institutions need to first analyze their staffing, availability and patterns, Anne-Marie Audet, vice president for the Delivery System Reform Program at the Commonwealth Fund, told Healthcare Finance News.
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Foot binding, American style
Newsweek
Billy Joel may love you "just the way you are," but many Americans have doubts about their appearances. More than 1.5 million people had cosmetic procedures in 2012 and nearly 15 million more had noninvasive, like Botox injections. But one little-known surgical procedure promises perfection right down to your toes: cosmetic toe-shortening. Never heard of it? That's probably because toe-shortening - which involves removing a knuckle, then pinning the toe back together to re-fuse the bones - is still relatively new as an aesthetic treatment and is performed exclusively by podiatrists, a field generally associated less with Hollywood glamour, and more with Aunt Myrtle's bunions.
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Majority of physicians use mobile devices, but not mobile EHRs
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
Among physicians, mobile devices have become as ubiquitous as lab coats and stethoscopes. Mobile connectivity is becoming increasingly important as physicians find new ways to incorporate the use of mobile devices into their daily lives. One area of medicine that mobile technology hasn't completely infiltrated, however, is electronic health record systems. A recent survey found 78 percent of physicians use smartphones in their professional lives and 51 percent use tablets. But only 8 percent access their EHRs with a smartphone and 17 percent access them with a tablet.
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Switch trials: Shoe use, striking affect risk in runners
Lower Extremity Review
Switching between different pairs of shoes may help prevent running-related injuries, but switching from a rearfoot strike pattern to a nonrearfoot strike pattern may not, according to two separate studies from Luxembourg and Iowa State University. In a study of 264 recreational runners, researchers from the Public Research Centre for Health in Luxembourg found that those who used multiple pairs of running shoes over a 22-week observation period had a significantly lower risk of running-related injury than those who played favorites.
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CURRENT RESEARCH ARTICLE OF INTEREST


The effectiveness of footwear as an intervention to prevent or to reduce biomechanical risk factors associated with diabetic foot ulceration: A systematic review
Journal of Diabetes and Complications via ScienceDirect
Footwear interventions are used within clinical practice in an effort to reduce ulcerations however the effectiveness of these interventions is unclear. The aim of this paper was to conduct a systematic review which examined the effectiveness of footwear as an intervention for prevention of diabetic foot ulcers or the reduction of biomechanical risk factors for ulceration and to discuss the quality and interpret the findings of research to date.
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