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ACFAOM's Certified Clinical Podiatric Medical Assistant Course
ACFAOM
ACFAOM recently launched the Certified Clinical Podiatric Medical Assistant (CCPMA) course. Partnering with Medinail Learning Center, ACFAOM now offers podiatric medical assistants the opportunity to learn important clinical background information about working with patients' feet, and bringing them to a higher level of clinical expertise so they can provide more clinical support to the doctor, such as nail debridement and routine foot care. The CCPMA provides proof, through the certification process, that the assistant has passed a course containing the professional information needed to work in a clinical assisting role in a podiatry office. This course consists of ten online learning modules with two online exams. After passing the exams, an internship in a licensed podiatrist’s office is required and usually provided by the student’s employer podiatrist. On receiving verification that the student has had instruction on particular skills and finished the internship program, a certificate is awarded.

Click here to learn more about the course and to have your Assistant register online for $599. A $100 fee discount is available for Assistants taking this course if they are sponsored by an ACFAOM member.
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Meet Vickie Driver, DPM; Robert Snyder, DPM; and Richard Pollak, DPM - today at 9 p.m. ET
ACFAOM
Drs. Vickie Driver, Robert Snyder and Richard Pollak will be the guests on today's Meet the Masters audio-conference (at 9 p.m. ET) with host, and former ACFAOM president, Dr. Bret Ribotsky. Dr. Driver, Director of Clinical research, Endovascular, Vascular and Foot Care Specialists at Boston Medical Center, will join Dr. Snyder, Director of the Barry University Paul & Margaret Brand Research Center, and Dr. Pollak, accomplished clinical researcher and practicing DPM at SA Podiatry Associates, to discuss the future of research in podiatry. 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


Are acellular dermal matrices more effective than fibroblast-derived dermal substitutes?
Podiatry Today
In today's wound care market, the clinician has many choices of products. Both human acellular dermis and fibroblast-derived dermal substitutes require the patient to have adequate vascularity and be free of clinical signs of infection.
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Diabetic foot problems are one of the most serious complications of the disease
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
More than a decade of type 2 diabetes has left George Weber without feeling in the bottoms of his feet. "My biggest problem is at night, when I take the weight off my feet," said the 67-year-old Green Tree man who said his weight tops 300 pounds. "When I'm lying down, they ache." The good news? Weber still has his feet and he's anxious to keep them.
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Healthcare blame game: What hospitals charge vs. what they get paid
By Dr. Jonathan Kaplan
A recent article by The Washington Post discusses a new era in price transparency at first glance. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that pays hospitals and doctors for services rendered to patients, released the prices hospitals charge for the 100 most common inpatient procedures.
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Bunions - family not footwear to blame
BBC News
The risk of developing bunions - bony growths on the big toe - is linked to your family, not your shoes, a U.S. study has shown. The Framingham Foot Study looked at 1,370 adults and found strong family histories of the condition.
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Poststroke bone changes in patients who use AFOs
Lower Extremity Review
The medical literature suggests that changes in bone density and other bone characteristics after stroke persist after patients have regained ambulatory status. Whether ankle foot orthoses have a shielding effect on bone remodeling, however, remains unclear.
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Mesenchymal stem cells aid healing in older patients in treatment of osteochondral lesions of the talus
Orthopedics Today
Mesenchymal stem cells in combination with arthroscopic bone marrow stimulation in older patients have produced encouraging results for the treatment of osteochondral lesions of the talus, according to this study.
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Which US workers have the highest obesity rate?
Detroit Free Press
Does this job make me look fat? If you are a bus driver, the answer is probably yes. The news is also bad for manufacturing and production workers, as well as installation or repair workers, according to a survey for the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.
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A closer look at emerging research on plantar fasciitis and plantar fibromatosis
Podiatry Today
Knobloch and Vogt utilized high-energy focused extracorporeal shockwave therapy in six patients for the treatment of plantar fibromatosis. Three of the six patients had recurrent lesions following surgical excision. Physicians applied extracorporeal shockwave therapy utilizing a Storz Duolith SD1 device at 2,000 impulses, 3 Hz, 1.24 mJ/mm2 in two sessions separated by one week between applications. Following therapy, pain was dramatically reduced in the patients at 14 days with softening of the nodules reported in all patients.
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CURRENT RESEARCH ARTICLE OF INTEREST


Neuropathic midfoot deformity: Associations with ankle and subtalar joint motion
Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
Neuropathic deformities impair foot and ankle joint mobility, often leading to abnormal stresses and impact forces. The purpose of our study was to determine differences in radiographic measures of hind foot alignment and ankle joint and subtalar joint motion in participants with and without neuropathic midfoot deformities and to determine the relationships between radiographic measures of hind foot alignment to ankle and subtalar joint motion in participants with and without neuropathic midfoot deformities.
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