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ACFAOM 2014 is just 2 months away!
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All DPMs and office staff, residents, and students can register online for ACFAOM's 2014 Clinical Conference in Alexandria, Va., June 5-8. Remember, the conference for all paid-up ACFAOM members is absolutely FREE if registered by May 5. That's 20 CE credit hours plus a discount on your PICA premium - at no cost.

ACFAOM 2014 will be centered around five interactive learning sessions using case studies (not the usual passive lecture-based education), starting at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 5; Biomechanics, Wound Care, Medicine/Dermatology, Imaging, and the Business of Podiatric Medicine. All sessions will focus on what the DPM in private practice faces every day – with the latest evidence-based treatment approaches. The main conference will end at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 7. On Sunday morning the popular ACFAOM 4-hour Billing & Coding Workshop by Michael Warshaw, DPM, FACFAOM, will be presented as an option for a small fee, with the 300-page 2014 Podiatry Manual included.

Put ACFAOM 2014, June 5-8, in your 2014 calendar now - and register today.
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Meet Thomas Chang, DPM, FACFAOM - today at 9 p.m. ET
ACFAOM
ACFAOM Fellow Dr. Thomas Chang 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. Chang is a board-certified and highly skilled podiatric surgeon with over 20 years of experience treating a wide range of foot and ankle conditions. He is a clinical professor and past chairman of the Department of Podiatric Surgery at the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco. 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


Vibration may help heal chronic wounds, researchers say
HealthCanal
Wounds may heal more quickly if exposed to low-intensity vibration, report researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The finding, in mice, may hold promise for the 18 million Americans who have type 2 diabetes, and especially the quarter of them who will eventually suffer from foot ulcers. Their wounds tend to heal slowly and can become chronic or worsen rapidly.
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FDA clears toe restoration system
Orthopedics Today
Arthrosurface Inc. received FDA clearance for its ToeMotion Total Toe Restoration System. The system consists of a metatarsal-based HemiCAP implant and a inlay metal baseplate with a poly insert for the phalangeal side of the joint. According to a company press release, the ToeMotion system provides fixation, while the inlay implants preserve bone and avoids resection of the intrinsic tissues that provide stability to the toe through implantation by milling instead of using saw cuts.
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Mobile health market poised for growth, despite obstacles
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
The biggest challenges to widespread mobile health adoption in the U.S. are reimbursement and lack of regulatory clarification. But despite these challenges, the mobile health industry is expected to experience tremendous growth over the next few years and address many of the disparities plaguing healthcare in the U.S. This is according to a new report that looked at the mobile health market in both the U.S. and China. It found that despite the challenges the mobile health industry faces in both countries, together they will account for more than one-third of the entire world market by 2017.
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A closer look at beaming the columns in the Charcot diabetic foot
Podiatry Today
Charcot neuroarthropathy is a disease that arises secondarily in patients with diabetes mellitus and peripheral neuropathy although there are cases of Charcot in which patients may or may not have diabetes or neuropathy. Due to fast food diets and eating-on-the-go lifestyles, diabetes has become an epidemic across the globe. Charcot neuroarthropathy results in structural deformities and most commonly occurs in the foot and ankle. Bony deformities of the foot can result in the development of ulcerations in areas of high pressure. Diabetic foot ulcers are a frequent cause of foot amputations.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Amniotic membrane: Can it have an impact for DFUs? (Podiatry Today)
Effect of thong style flip-flops on children's barefoot walking and jogging kinematics (Journal of Foot and Ankle Research)
There is no 'one size fits all' with athletic shoes any longer (The Seattle Times)
Foot ulcers double the cost of diabetes care, study finds (McKnight's Long-Term Care News & AssistedLiving)

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Fall in diabetic foot amputations but a rise in leg ulcers
Irish Independent
The number of people with diabetes who had to have a foot amputated fell by 21 last year despite more diabetics being diagnosed. However, there has been an increase in hospitalizations and discharges for leg ulcers due to more people having the disease. This means that health professionals involved in the care of diabetics need to ensure they are alert to make a timely referral for specialist treatment.
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Functional tests to predict lower extremity injury risk
Lower Extremity Review
Adding four functional tests to the preparticipation physical evaluations performed in student athletes may allow clinicians to identify individuals at risk for lower extremity musculoskeletal injury and implement preventive interventions to maximize safe­ty in sports participation.
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Unraveling the mystery of metatarsalgia under the second metatarsal head
Podiatry Today
Metatarsalgia under the second metatarsal head is a condition we treat on a daily basis. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to treat and manage. We are always looking for a reason why a condition occurs. Sure, it is easy to say, "It's because you are wearing high heels" or "You have a high arch so all of your weight is on the ball of your foot," or "It's because you have a bunion and the first metatarsal bone isn't weightbearing."
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Obesity surgery proves effective for treating diabetes
USA Today
Obesity surgery is an effective treatment for uncontrolled type 2 diabetes and even helps people who aren't morbidly obese, according to a new three-year study. The study, led by researchers at the Cleveland Clinic, followed 150 patients, one-third of whom were treated for their diabetes with medication and lifestyle changes alone; one-third who also got gastric bypass surgery; and one-third who had a different type of bariatric surgery called a sleeve gastrectomy.
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT PEARLS FROM AAPPM


5 ways physicians can better manage time
Physician's Practice
It's a myth to believe technology saves time — it can actually compete for your time and sometimes even win out. Getting back to basics may be the best solution to managing your time better. These five steps can put you back in the driver's seat and help you gain control.
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