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Modern prosthetics improving amputees' daily lives
By Denise A. Valenti
It is estimated that 185,000 limbs are amputated each year in the United States. Of these, 87 percent are dysvascular amputations, often because of the abnormal blood circulation related to diabetes. Whether the amputation is related to disease or injury, and whether the victim is civilian or military, the goal of treatment and rehabilitation is for the patient to function as close to normal as possible. And recent advances in the development of prosthetic limbs are making this goal a reality.
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NEWS FROM ACFAOM


Breaking the mold in podiatric CME
ACFAOM
Have you ever wondered, while sitting in a typical conference session with the speaker droning on, and on, giving the same lecture you have heard before, that "there has to be a better way?" Then you will love ACFAOM 2014 and its interactive structure, putting you in the driver’s seat as you look at real clinical cases alongside your peers.

The program will be centered on five 4-hour interactive sessions (Biomechanics, Wound Care, Medicine/Dermatology, Imaging, and The Business of Podiatric Medicine), plus an optional 4-hour Billing & Coding workshop (that will delve into the mysteries of ICD-10 conversion). Each session will be managed by experienced clinical faculty members who are there to guide and energize the learning process. You can view our program details here.

To make things even sweeter, ACFAOM 2014 is FREE for paid-up ACFAOM members who register before May 5. That’s 21 CE credit hours in addition to a discount on your PICA premium at no cost! Outside the Hilton Old Town Alexandria ($199 single/double) you will find a colonial jewel to explore with fine restaurants and shops. The hotel is situated right across from the Metro station for a 2-stop trip from Reagan National Airport, and a few minutes to the monuments and museums of Washington and Amtrak’s Union Station. Bring your whole family for an exciting trip to the nation’s capitol and all of the history it has to offer!

Register today. ACFAOM 2014 will energize you to be a better doctor and reignite your passion for learning. We guarantee it!

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Meet Steven King, DPM - today at 9 p.m. ET
ACFAOM
Dr. Steven King 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. King has a long history of researching biomechanics for the U.S. Department of Defense and co-inventing the Spring Orthotic Device. He is managing member of Kingetics, LLC and has served on the board of directors for the Maui Medical Group and the Aloha Surgical Center. 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


Epidemiology of Achilles tendon rupture in the US
Lower Extremity Review
The etiology of Achilles tendon rupture is multifactorial, but the injury occurs most frequently in the athletic population. Clini­cians still miss 24 percent of ruptures acutely, particularly in older patients, those in whom sports was not the causative mechanism, and those with high BMIs.
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Foot ulcers double the cost of diabetes care, study finds
McKnight's Long-Term Care News & AssistedLiving
Eliminating foot ulcers would cut costs for diabetes care in half, according to researchers with consulting firm The Analysis Group. The investigators analyzed about 27,800 matched pairs of Medicare beneficiaries with and without diabetic foot ulcers. They also looked at roughly 4,500 matched pairs of privately insured diabetes patients.
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There is no 'one size fits all' with athletic shoes any longer
The Seattle Times
Shoes have come a long way since 1974 when Nike introduced the “Waffle Trainer,” the first athletic footwear designed and marketed for the recreational runner. In the 40 years that followed, running-shoe technology has become big business. Every year the major manufacturers — and there are now more than a dozen — compete for a piece of the running market.
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Amniotic membrane: Can it have an impact for DFUs?
Podiatry Today
Does amniotic membrane represent a promising technology that can speed the healing of complicated wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers? These authors take a closer look at how amniotic membranes work and offer several case study examples.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    New drug a possible breakthrough for diabetic foot ulcers? (Medscape)
3 ways to reduce no-shows (FiercePracticeManagement)
How did heel spurs become public enemy No. 1? (Podiatry Today)
The secret to physician engagement? It's not better pay (HealthLeaders Media)

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Checklists as effective, important as ever
FierceHealthcare
Doctors introduced the concept of checklists to the healthcare setting to prevent errors, especially for staff that are often fatigued and distracted. Checklists now play a large part in reducing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), Kay Temple wrote in an Infection Control Today article.
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Study finds a link between depression and obesity in girls
KYW-TV
There’s a correlation between depression and obesity in girls according to a new study. It’s not a big surprise that there would be a correlation between depression and weight issues, but Naomi Marmorstein, an associate professor of psychology at Rutgers-Camden has found depression starting in early adolescence can predict obesity several years later in girls.
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1 million people at high risk of diabetic foot disease
Diabetes.co.uk
An estimated 1 million people with diabetes across the UK are at increased risk of developing foot disease, and many of these individuals are failing to take steps to reduce this risk. That is according to Diabetes UK, who say that up to a third of all diabetes patients in the U.K. are more likely to suffer an injury to a foot which has reduced feeling or reduced blood circulation (foot attack). Left untreated, such injuries can lead to a lower limb amputation.
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Nomir Medical announces FDA clearance for Noveon NaiLaser
PRNewswire
Nomir Medical Technologies, Inc., the world leader in antimicrobial photobiology, today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration has granted clearance to the company's Noveon NaiLaser for the treatment of onychomycosis (toenail fungus). Dr. Eric Bornstein, the inventor of the Noveon and Nomir's Chief Science Officer, describes why the Noveon NaiLaser is a more effective solution than other laser options: "Noveon's onychomycosis data has been published an unprecedented three times in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association."
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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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