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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. 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.

PMAs and MNTs already certified by Medinails can also become an ACFAOM CCPMA by completing and passing the ACFAOM CCPMA Bridge Examination and paying a $75 exam fee.
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Meet Joseph Caporusso, DPM and Robert Chelin, DPM - today at 9 p.m. ET
ACFAOM
Drs. Joseph Caporusso and Robert Chelin 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. Caporusso is the Immediate-past President of the APMA and practices at Complete Family Foot Care in McAllen, Texas. Dr. Chelin is President of the Federation of International Podiatrists and has practiced in Ontario, Canada for almost 30 years. 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


Orthotic management of Charcot-Marie-Tooth
Lower Extremity Review
Ankle foot orthoses can help compensate for muscle weakness and accommodate related structural deformities in patients with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, but practitioners are constantly looking for ways to improve suboptimal compliance rates.
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When should you biopsy?
Podiatry Today
When facing a skin condition or wound that can be challenging to identify, a biopsy can be an invaluable tool in illuminating a path for diagnosis and treatment. This author details the protocol for when to perform a biopsy and which technique to choose for which clinical presentation.
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New implants among ways to treat painful hammertoe
Plain Dealer
Social worker Cynthia Pittman-Osula recalls the days when each step triggered a bolt of sharp, aching pain in her feet during her long walks for work-related home visits. "It felt like when my feet hurt, my entire body hurt," the 51-year-old Maple Heights, Ohio, resident says. The excruciating pain worsened, causing her to consider early retirement.
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Obesity and diabetes: Your age matters
Medscape Today
The aims of the current study were to assess the influence of timing and duration of obesity on diabetes. The finding that diabetes is undiagnosed in at least one half of young adults with this disease is cause for concern.
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  Protect Your Practice with PICA

For over 30 years, PICA has been protecting and supporting podiatric physicians and the podiatric profession. We are more than just malpractice insurance. Endorsed by ACFAOM, we offer a variety of risk management tools, outstanding customer service, expert claims handling and access to other insurance products.
 


More time in gym class cuts likelihood of obesity
American Medical News
Increasing the amount of time elementary school students spend in gym class reduces the probability of obesity, said a study posted online May 9 in the Journal of Health Economics. Adding 60 minutes of physical education in school per week decreases the risk of obesity among fifth-graders by 4.8 percent, the study said. There was no evidence that more time in gym class negatively affects academic achievement test scores.
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Discovery of a novel medicine for the treatment of chronic wounds
ScienceDaily
Every 20 seconds, a limb is lost as a consequence of diabetic foot ulcer that does not heal. To date, medical solutions that can change this situation are very limited. In his doctoral thesis Yue Shen from the Industrial Doctoral School and the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics at Umeå University presented a novel medicine for chronic wound treatment that may completely change the lives of millions of patients.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Ankle replacement revisited: Positive outcomes include younger patients (Lower Extremity Review)
Do foot orthoses cause muscle weakness? (Podiatry Today)
Increase in doctors' pay for Medicaid services off to a slow start (The Washington Post)
The effect of flexor tenotomy on healing and prevention of neuropathic diabetic foot ulcers on the distal end of the toe (Journal of Foot and Ankle Research)
5 ways to get claims paid at your medical practice (Physician's Practice)

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Medicare fund future still grim
HealthLeaders Media
The Medicare program's current forecast is slightly less bleak than last year's, but the fund is headed for insolvency in 2026, say the trustees of the Medicare's Hospital Insurance Trust Fund. This isn't exactly dance-in-the-street news but the federal Medicare program is heading for insolvency at a slightly slower pace than previously forecast.
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Diabetes and altered gait: The role of neuropathy
Lower Extremity Review
Researchers have identified gait alterations in patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy but also in diabetic patients with normal sensation, raising questions about the extent to which factors other than neuropathy might also be affecting gait.
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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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