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ACFAOM and OHI collaborate on the 'Million Dollar Practice'
ACFAOM
ACFAOM is partnering with Orthotics Holding, Inc. (Langer, SafeStep, AZAFO, Apex) for a series of seminars designed to expand your ability to treat lower extremity biomechanical conditions and grow your practice at the same time. A 2-day program at the Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott on May 30 and 31 will kick off the series, with other locations planned for later in the year. This will transform your practice in a new era of healthcare. The ROI of $99 for ACFAOM members and $199 for non-members (if you register before May 1) will be substantial. Don't miss this opportunity to increase your clinical skills and improve patient outcomes, while reaping the associated financial rewards. For more information and to register click here.
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PROFESSION NEWS


Plantar flexion resistance alters knee flexion, foot strike in stroke patients
Lower Extremity Review
Increasing the plantar flexion resistance of an ankle foot orthosis (AFO) reduces knee hyperextension and changes foot strike pattern during gait in chronic stroke patients, according to research presented in February at the AAOP meeting in New Orleans. A multicenter team of investigators assessed 10 patients (two women), who were an average of six years poststroke, as they walked while wearing an experimental AFO with a steel-spring design that adjusts for different degrees of plantar flexion resistance.
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New bandage is aimed at reducing amputation rate
The News
Portsmouth is at the heart of pioneering a treatment that could reduce the number of diabetes-related foot amputations. Solent NHS Trust, which provides mental health and community health services such as footcare in the south-east Hampshire area, has been testing a new foot cast to heal damaged limbs.
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Survey reveals most physician-friendly states of 2015
FiercePracticeManagement
Physicians have much to consider when comparing practice opportunities, and location ranks high among factors that can influence a doctor's satisfaction and financial well-being. The latest survey to rank the United States by desirability to practice comes from WalletHub, which used 12 metrics to measure physicians' opportunity, competition and work environment by state.
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Peripheral arterial disease is on the rise worldwide - but a new treatment method is on its way
HealthCanal
How can future health systems deal with the rise in peripheral arterial disease? A new treatment modality allows patients with reduced circulation in their limbs to apply a non-invasive negative pressure device designed to increase blood flow to an extremity. The device uses many of the same principles as physical exercise, which is today’s gold standard for non-invasive treatment of reduced circulation due to clogged blood vessels.
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New therapy for treatment of tendon injuries
Business Standard
British scientists are investigating a new therapy for the treatment of tendon injuries such as tennis elbow and achilles tendinitis, using injection of small molecules that help regulate gene expression. Tendon injuries (tendinopathies) are common, accounting for 30-50 percent of all sporting injuries, and are usually caused by repetitive strain or major trauma.
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BiOM robotic foot and ankle offers amputees greater mobility
KING-TV
The latest technology in prosthetic limbs continues to help bridge the gap between disability and ability with bionic and robotic limbs. For the last few years BiOM tested its powered prosthetic foot in V.A. Hospitals. Today, 1,000 people have one worldwide.
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Gait evaluation, physical therapy help runners get a step ahead
KTVK-TV
There are runs and races nearly every weekend in the Valley during this time of year, from 5k's to marathons and every sprint in between. A new evaluation at Scottsdale Healthcare can help runners break down their running pattern, find the perfect shoes, prevent injuries and more.
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Double bonus: AFOs improve dual-task gait in 2 ways
Lower Extremity Review
Wearing ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) is associated with both physical and cognitive performance during dual-task gait in children with myelomeningocele, according to research presented in February at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP) in New Orleans.
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When a discolored toenail suggests a more concerning diagnosis
Podiatry Today
A 34-year-old female presented to our institution with the chief complaint of a painful, dystrophic and discolored nail plate on her left hallux. This complaint began approximately five years ago when she had a total nail avulsion without a matrixectomy. She stated that when the nail grew back, it grew back thicker.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Researchers testing two physical therapy treatments for plantar fasciitis (Loyola University Health System via Medical Xpress)
3 practice-retention strategies borrowed from hospitals (FiercePracticeManagement)
Treating posterior medial ankle pain in a juvenile patient after an ankle 'sprain' (Podiatry Today)
Efinaconazole topical solution, 10 percent: The benefits of treating onychomycosis early (Journal of Drugs in Dermatology via PubMed)
Botulinum toxin-A may be effective in painful diabetic neuropathy (Endocrinology Advisor)

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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT PEARLS FROM AAPPM


Keeping medical practice staff happy
Physician's Practice
Well-deserved praise not only induces your staff to work harder, it can make patients happy, as well. I hear many physicians complain that their staff members do not focus enough time and attention on making patients happy. Often, at the root of patient satisfaction problems are employee satisfaction problems. So as the leader of your practice, it is just as important for you to care about your staff as it is to care about your patients.
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CURRENT RESEARCH ARTICLE OF INTEREST


Patient perception on the usage of smartphones for medical photography and for reference in dermatology
Dermatologic Surgery via PubMed
With increasing use of smartphones in the practice and delivery of dermatologic care, little is known on patient perceptions regarding its applications in the clinical setting.
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