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The ACFAOM 2013 Annual Clinical Conference in Las Vegas, July 21-25
ACFAOM
ACFAOM has designated the APMA 2013 Annual Scientific Meeting (The National) as its annual meeting this year. ACFAOM members who attend The National will receive a $100 rebate on their registration fee directly from ACFAOM following confirmed participation and attendance at the meeting.

The ACFAOM highlights at the conference will be a preconference hands-on ultrasound workshop, ACFAOM membership meeting/reception, and a special session "Applying Biomechanics to Patients' Surgical Evaluation, Radiographic Assessment, Wound Care, Rehabilitation, and Pedorthics." This session will be presented by Drs. Kathleen Satterfield, Stephen Albert, Daniel Evans, Jason Harrill, and Kirk Geter.

Early-bird registration ends March 22 (next Friday), so register now and save $400, $300 off the onsite rate PLUS a $100 rebate from ACFAOM. Can you afford to miss The National?

Register today!
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Meet Orlando A. Mercado, DPM - today at 8 p.m. ET
ACFAOM
Dr. Orlando A. Mercado will be the guest on today's Meet the Masters audio-conference (at 8 p.m. ET) with host, and former ACFAOM president, Dr. Bret Ribotsky. Dr. Mercado was Professor of Surgery at the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine and for over twenty-five years headed the Podiatric Surgical Residency Program. He is an internationally acclaimed lecturer and has written six books, including Atlas of Podiatric Anatomy and An Atlas of Foot Surgery, Vols. I & II. 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


Footwear properties and football injuries
Lower Extremity Review
Excessive rotational traction that occurs at the interface between the shoe and the playing surface, as well as shoe properties such as rotational stiffness, may have the potential to influence the high incidence of lower extremity injuries in athletes.
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Down syndrome associated with increased radius and tibia fragility
Orthopedics Today
Adolescents with Down syndrome are at higher risk of fractures. In this study, researchers found these individuals either have reduced resistance to load bending of bone or greater torsion in the tibia and radius, which increases their fragility.
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Hemiplegic CP: Effects in the uninvolved limb
Lower Extremity Review
In patients with spastic hemiplegic CP, practitioners and researchers tend to focus primarily on the hemiplegic limb. But hemiplegia also leads to impairments in the uninvolved limb, which are important to consider when designing a therapeutic approach.
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Can bracing have an impact for the Charcot foot?
Podiatry Today
Although surgical reconstruction can be effective for patients with Charcot, not every patient is an appropriate candidate for surgery. Accordingly, this author explores the potential of employing various forms of bracing, including ankle foot orthoses and patellar tendon bracing, in patients with Charcot foot.
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Looming physician shortage prompts medical turf wars
Sun Sentinel
With more people likely to seek access to healthcare under the Affordable Care Act, medical professionals and legislators are worried that there won't be enough physicians in Florida to treat patients. And that is spurring turf battles in Tallahassee about who can provide various treatments, and more importantly, whether they need a medical degree to do so. "I believe if you want to practice medicine, go to medical school," said Senate Budget Chief Joe Negron, R-Stuart, who is also leading a committee debating implementation of the Obama healthcare law.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Medicare reverses the height requirement for AFO devices (Podiatry Today)
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Shoe orthoses reduced diabetes-related amputations (Orthotics Business News)

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Physicians brace for 2 percent sequester pay cut
American Medical News
Physicians caring for Medicare patients said their practices will find keeping up with government mandates and the increasing demand for services more difficult once a 2 percent rate cut hits starting April 1.
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Sen. Johnson: Obama health law will 'lead to rationing'
The Hill
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., warned that President Obama's healthcare law could lead to rationing of medical services. "I think the costs associated with 'ObamaCare' are grossly understated," said Johnson in an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "I think far more Americans are going to lose their employer sponsored care because there are incentives for employers to drop coverage and make their employees eligible for huge subsides in the exchanges."
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Oxygen treatment may not help foot ulcers
Retuers Health
Despite past clinical trials demonstrating that exposure to pure oxygen can help stubborn wounds heal, a large new study of diabetes patients with severe foot ulcers finds no benefit from oxygen treatments and possibly some harm.
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New survey tracks US obesity rates: Where does your state stack up?
CBS News
The most obese state in the country has almost double the proportion of plus-sized citizens than the least obese state, according to a new survey. The newly-released Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index shows Colorado has the fewest obese citizens in the country, with 18.7 percent of its population obese. On the other side of the belt loop, West Virginia reported the highest obesity rate, with 33.5 percent of its population being obese.
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT PEARLS FROM AAPPM


Key areas of federal healthcare fraud investigations
Physician's Practice
The government examines the same areas in every healthcare fraud investigation. In light of that, there are some things that a physician can do in order to minimize their liability if they find themselves under audit or investigation.
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CURRENT RESEARCH ARTICLE OF INTEREST


Neuropsychiatric symptoms and problems among children with idiopathic toe-walking
Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics
Idiopathic toe-walking is a condition in which otherwise healthy children walk on their toes. The diagnosis is a diagnosis of exclusion. The aim of this study was to elucidate the occurrence of neuropsychiatric symptoms among 5- to 13-year-old children with ITW.
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