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Scientific program complete for ACFAOM 2011 - this is one meeting you cannot afford to miss!
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ACFAOM's 2011 Annual Clinical Conference, Total Immersion, will be held Oct. 27-30 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, on the campus of Disney World. This year's conference features 3-hour tracks of 20-minute clinical lectures and associated 3-hour 'hands-on' workshops on the latest in wound management, orthotic therapy, dermatology, medicine...in fact everything you need to be a great clinician and successful practice owner - including billing & coding, HIPAA and EHRs. The faculty includes Drs. Jeffrey Robbins, Marshall Solomon, Jonathan Labovitz, Kevin Kirby, Simon Spooner (U.K.), Bruce Williams, Jason Hanft, Robert Snyder, Bradley Bakotic, Allen Jacobs, Barry Block, Michael Brody, Michael Warshaw and many more. 21 CMEs. For details click here! More



New research feature for Foot & Ankle Weekly
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Starting with this issue, George Wallace, DPM, FACFAOM, a member of the ACFAOM Board of Directors, will be selecting a published article each week from the multitude of medical journals to help you stay current with the latest research that will have a direct impact on providing the best patient care in your office. The first, on the effect of shoe lacing on plantar pressure distribution, is at the end of this issue with a link to the source journal (Gait & Posture) so that you can purchase the article if you wish. This weekly service to all DPMs is provided by the American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine. If you would like more information about becoming a member of the College, click here. More

Meet Dr. Paul Kinberg - today at 9 p.m. EST
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Paul Kinberg, DPM, will be the guest on today's Meet the Masters audio-conference (at 9 p.m. EST) with host, and former ACFAOM president, Dr. Bret Ribotsky. Dr. Kinberg is a coding expert with over 20 years of experience. He is board certified by ABPS and the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review, and is on the medical staff of Baylor University Medical Center. Dr. Kinberg has been on the APMA Coding Committee since 1991 and is the current Chair, and is the podiatric consultant to Trailblazer Health Enterprises, the (J4) Medicare Administrative Carrier for Texas, and is a medical reviewer and sits on committees of several major insurance companies in Texas. Dr. Kinberg knows coding and compliance, so this will be a useful hour for you and your practice. 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. More




Barefoot running: Is it here to stay or just a passing fad?
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In the debate regarding barefoot running, advocates tout many advantages. Some of these are supported by evidence and some are anecdotal or based on logic. What follows is an overview of the so-called advantages of barefoot running and the currently available literature to this effect. Nonetheless, the final word on this topic is that there is no current evidence that barefoot running either reduces injuries or improves performance. However, there is also no evidence that it does not. More



Lateral process talus fracture in a kayaking injury
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Lateral process fracture of the talus is an uncommon injury. Traditionally, high-impact falls and motor vehicle accidents have been the major causes of this injury, but the popularization of snowboarding since the 1980s has added another cause to the list and has increased the incidence. The fracture is difficult to recognize in the clinic or emergency room setting because the clinical examination may be nonfocal and radiographs of the foot and ankle may not readily reveal the fracture line. Often, patients with this injury are misdiagnosed as having an ankle sprain or soft tissue injury. More

Single podiatrist visit: $3.5 billion in US health care savings per year
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If every American at risk for developing a diabetic foot ulcer visited a podiatrist once before complications set in, the U.S. health care system could save $3.5 billion in one year. Closing this gap in podiatric care would reduce health care waste on preventable conditions, which reportedly starts at $25 billion, by 14 percent. More

Rates of diabetes-related amputation falling
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Rates of foot and leg amputations in people with diabetes may have decreased in recent years, according to a new study of patients at Veterans Affairs clinics. Total rates of amputation, taking into account the age and gender of patients, were about 7 for every 1,000 patients in 2000 and between 4 and 5 for every 1,000 in 2004. More



Key insights on wart treatment
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Warts are the most common viral infection of the skin and they are most often caused by human papillomavirus type. There are more than 120 different varieties of HPV and only certain varieties are the cause of warts. Certain virus types tend to infect specific anatomical areas such as the plantar surface of the foot. At least 50 percent of adults will be infected with verruca during their lifetime. Although the current prevalence of plantar warts in adults is unknown, plantar warts have been estimated to occur in 7 to 10 percent of adults. More

Plantar loads influence knee osteoarthritis risk
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Research suggests that redirecting ground reaction forces relative to the knee joint's rotational center, thus decreasing risk factors for medial compartment osteoarthritis, can be achieved by repositioning the foot through a number of different mechanisms. More

Many ways to treat those bumpy bunions
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Bunions can be not only painful but deforming and progressive if not corrected timely. Their causes could be genetic, acquired or the result of trauma. While corrective surgery could be the response to this condition - which can be incapacitating - it would depend in great measure on three aspects that must concur for it to be successful. The good news is that today, thanks to a nerve-blocking technique, recovery can be a lot less painful. More





The effect of shoe lacing on plantar pressure distribution and in-shoe displacement of the foot in healthy participants
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A proof of concept study to investigate the effect of shoe lacing on the plantar pressure distribution and in-shoe displacement of the foot during walking. Three randomized shoe-lacing conditions, which differed in lacing tightness (comfortable, loosened, and completely loose) were investigated in 20 healthy adults. On a 10 mile walking test, plantar pressures were assessed with the Pedar®-X in-shoe measurement system. Perceived in-shoe displacement was scored on a numerical rating scale. More

 
 
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