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Mark your calendars for ACFAOM's 2014 Annual Clinical Conference in Old Town Alexandria, Va., June 5-8, 2014
ACFAOM
ACFAOM is excited to announce the details for ACFAOM's 2014 Annual Clinical Conference, which will be held at the Hilton Old Town Alexandria in historic Alexandria, Va., just minutes away from Washington DC. ACFAOM members will be able to attend the conference and earn 24.5 CECHs for FREE, plus receive a 10 percent savings on your PICA Premium.

Focusing on the clinical conditions faced in the typical podiatric office, ACFAOM 2014 will be based on clinical cases and presented in an interactive and practical manner, with demonstrations and hands-on learning. The program will feature five 4-hour sessions: Biomechanics, Wound Care, Medicine/Dermatology, Imaging, and the Business of Podiatric Medicine. There will also be an optional 4-hour Billing & Coding Workshop on Sunday Morning. Bring the family for a learning experience for everyone; you on how to be a more astute and capable clinician; your family learning about our Nation’s history.

More information will be available during the coming weeks and will be posted at ACFAOM.org. Mark your calendars today!
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PROFESSION NEWS


Diabetes-linked amputations declining, study finds
U.S. News & World Report
Many fewer foot and leg amputations are being performed on people with diabetes, even as rates of the disease are rising in the United States, a new study finds. Drastic diabetes-related amputations were cut by nearly half over the past decade, researchers report in the July issue of the journal Foot & Ankle International.
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How to treat recalcitrant plantar warts
Podiatry Today
Treatment for recalcitrant plantar warts can be time-consuming and the options for treatment have differing levels of success. Accordingly, the authors share pearls and case studies from their clinical experience as well as insights from the literature on modalities ranging from topical agents and surgical excision to oral therapies and pulsed dye lasers.
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Study: Endoscopic procedure yields better results than open procedure to treat ankle impingement
Orthopedics Today
Researchers conducted a systematic review of the literature and concluded that an endoscopic method is superior to an open surgical procedure to treat patients with ankle impingement, according to results of this study.
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Obesity a disease? How fitness professionals can help
By Dr. Georgene Collins
The blogosphere is abuzz since the American Medical Association made a landmark decision to label obesity a disease in June. This decision opens the door for scientific anti-obesity treatment for Medicare patients. While not the trailblazers, the AMA's decision presents an opportunity for doctors to screen and treat patients in the fight against obesity. Fitness professionals may wonder what impact, if any, this decision will have on their future. Clearly, there are social and financial implications of this decision.
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Relieving pain in patients with diabetic neuropathy
Lower Extremity Review
Given the limitations of pharmacotherapy options for treating painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy, practitioners are also considering the merits of cognitive therapy, orthotic management, and combination therapies to relieve patients' pain.
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Age and body mass index linked to heel pain
Healthcare Global
A new study published in the journal Foot and Ankle Specialist by physicians at Weil Foot & Ankle Institute demonstrates that body mass index and age may play significant roles in the development and treatment of Achilles tendonitis.
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Is health IT reaching a plateau?
American Medical News
There's been no lack of evidence backing up assertions by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology that the meaningful use incentive program to date is having the intended impact on health IT adoption. But some health professionals are questioning whether the current path will get the nation to full adoption of electronic health records.
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Are you treating heel pain like a specialist?
Podiatry Today
Doug Richie Jr., DPM, FACFAS writes, "I often read and listen to colleagues describing their preferred treatment for plantar heel pain. I am surprised at how many podiatric physicians follow the same protocols typical of primary care providers. This raises a question: Why aren't foot and ankle specialists really practicing like foot and ankle specialists?"
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT PEARLS FROM AAPPM


5 biggest medical collections mistakes
By Aubrey Westgate
Marsha Sosebee remembers her first day as a billing and collections team leader very clearly — but not very fondly. "I started my first day there with a 100-page [accounts receivable] report," says Sosebee of the three-physician orthopedic practice. "Collections, I couldn't even begin to tell you the percentages out, but by standards it was atrocious."
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CURRENT RESEARCH ARTICLE OF INTEREST


Load response of the medial longitudinal arch in patients with flatfoot deformity: in vivo 3-D study
Clinical Biomechanics via PubMed
The acquisition of flatfoot by an adult is thought to primarily be caused by posterior tibial tendon dysfunction, although some other causes, such as congenital flexible flatfoot or an accessory navicular, may also be responsible. The objective of this study was to evaluate the bone rotation of each joint in the medial longitudinal arch (MLA) and compare the response in healthy feet with that in flat feet by analyzing the reconstructive three-dimensional (3-D) CT image data during weightbearing.
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