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'What You Need to Know About Wound Care in 2014' at ACFAOM 2014 - June 6
ACFAOM
This session, using real cases, will explain what to put on and take off wounds, advanced and emerging techniques for difficult wounds, imaging and other studies to evaluate wounds, infection and other things that impede healing, and what to do both when the wound heals or does not heal. Also, bring your own cases for help or to 'stump the faculty.' This session will be sponsored by MiMedx. Drs. Rosemay Michel, Lee Rogers, and James Stavosky will be the faculty for this 4-hour session.

ACFAOM 2014 (June 5-8; Alexandria, Virginia; 26 CMEs) will also present 4-hour interactive learning sessions using case studies (not the usual passive lectures) on Biomechanics, Medicine, Imaging, and Business of Practice plus the optional and popular 4-hour Billing & Coding Workshop by Dr. Michael Warshaw, with his 300-page 2014 Podiatry Manual included. All breakfasts and lunches will be hosted by selected companies, with guest speakers including Dr. Warren Joseph (Onychomycosis Update), Mr. Jason Kraus (Podiatry Reimagined), and Dr. Eric Bornstein (inventor of the new FDA approved nail laser based on photobiology).

All paid-up ACFAOM members can attend for only $100, non-members for $499 ($23/CME). One-day registration is available. Full Program details here. Registration here.
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Paul Kesselman, DPM - today at 9 p.m. ET
ACFAOM
Dr. Paul Kesselman 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. Kesselman has a regular monthly column appearing in Podiatry Management and has published articles in other medical publications. He is an expert panelist to various on-line forums including Codingline.com and PM News. 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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Diabetic ulcers heal faster if skin substitute applied weekly
Medscape
Almost twice as many persistent diabetic foot ulcers that underwent allografting with dehydrated human amnion/chorion membrane (EpiFix, MiMedx Group, Marietta, Georgia) completely healed, on average, with a weekly application vs once every other week, according to the results of new small trial. More frequent grafting not only healed the chronic ulcers 1.7 weeks more quickly than biweekly application, it did so without significantly increasing the number and cost of grafts, according to study coauthor Robert J. Snyder, DPM, from Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine, Miami Shores, Florida.
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Amniotic membrane wound graft effective treatment for diabetic foot ulcers
Medical News Today
Investigators are reporting high healing rates with dehydrated human amniotic membrane allografts for the treatment of chronic diabetic foot ulcers. Their data, presented at the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care/Wound Healing Society Spring 2014, also show that wounds treated with weekly application heal nearly twice as fast as wounds treated with biweekly application.
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Motor strategy patterns study of diabetic neuropathic individuals while walking: A wavelet approach
Journal of Biomechanics
The aim of this study was to investigate muscle's energy patterns and spectral properties of diabetic neuropathic individuals during gait cycle using wavelet approach. Twenty-one diabetic patients diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy, and 21 non-diabetic individuals were assessed during the whole gait cycle.
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Key pearls for treating Haglund's deformity in runners
Podiatry Today
Pain in the posterior portion of the heel can result from various pathologies such as Haglund's deformity, retrocalcaneal bursitis, insertional Achilles tendinopathy and posterior calcaneal exostosis. Many times, the pain is secondary to a combination of the aforementioned conditions, which can lead to challenges in therapy, especially in choosing the correct surgical pathway if necessary.
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Increasing cases of running injuries reported
The Asian Age
In today’s hectic lifestyle, many people have taken up running to stay in shape. Most people are very passionate about their running, but are doing so without the instructions of an experienced trainer, due to which injuries have become commonplace. Most doctors in the city are increasingly getting cases related to orthopedic and muscular problems.
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If you can roll up your flip-flops like a burrito, they're not good for your feet
KyForward
The name says it all. For many – men and women – warm weather means flip-flops, and for some, the flappier and flimsier the better! Wearing flimsy flip-flops can be a real problem for your feet, however. With only the smallest bit of material holding your foot in place, your toes are forced to grip the flip-flops, struggling to keep them on. After a while, this constant gripping can result in an unhealthy usage of your muscles which can cause tendinitis or tendon inflammation.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    When a basal cell carcinoma occurs on the plantar foot (Podiatry Today)
Peripheral neuropathy and injuries causing nerve damage may be healed with new technique (Medical Daily)
Diabetic neuropathy more harmful to the brain than expected (Diabetes.co.uk)
Foot and ankle strategies for patients at risk for falls (Lower Extremity Review)

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A compound fracture with no simple solution
Philadephia Inquirer
A construction worker in his 40s fell eight feet from a scaffold and had a compound fracture of his right leg. No one could have imagined where that would lead. At the hospital, the fractured leg, which was covered with soil from the ground, was cleaned. The patient was put on preventive antibiotics to combat bacteria that may have contaminated the wound, and he underwent a series of surgeries.
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Extended analysis confirms ironic effect of diabetic foot cost cutting
Lower Extremity Review
An Arizona state Medicaid policy change designed to cut costs by eliminating podiatry services for diabetic foot infection had the opposite effect, according to a March presentation that included an extended analysis of previously reported data.
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT PEARLS FROM AAPPM


10 free tools that will help you better manage your medical practice
Physicians' Practice
We know how busy you are, so one of our top priorities at Physicians Practice is to provide you with resources that will make your job easier. Here, we've listed ten of our most popular "tools" that will help you manage your practice in a more efficient and compliant manner. From a sample patient dismissal letter to an RVU calculator, read on to see what free and useful resources are right here at your fingertips.
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CURRENT RESEARCH ARTICLE OF INTEREST


Mechanism of orthotic therapy for the painful cavus foot deformity
Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
People who have extremely high arched feet or pes cavus often suffer from substantial foot pain. Custom-made foot orthoses (CFO) have been shown to be an effective treatment option, but their specificity is unclear. It is generally thought that one of the primary functions of CFO is redistributing abnormal plantar pressures. This study sought to identify variables associated with pain relief after CFO intervention.
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