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Learn the latest clinical and business skills needed for a successful office-based practice at ACFAOM 2011 - Oct. 27-30, Orlando, Fla.
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Designed for the office-based DPM, the 2011 ACFAOM Clinical Conference will be held Oct. 27-30, at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, Disney World. With 21 CPME approved CE credits, you will learn everything you need to be a great clinician and a successful office-based practice owner. Program highlights include: 

 • Innovations in Medical Management: From Horses to Zebras (Drs. Jeffrey Robbins, Jonathan Labovitz, Marshall Solomon & Kathleen Satterfield) – 3.5 hrs of clinical case-based learning in small groups 

 • Advanced Biomechanics for the 21st Century Podiatrist (Drs. Kevin Kirby, Simon Spooner [U.K.] & Bruce Williams) – 3 hrs of 20 min clinical lectures plus 3 hrs 'hands-on' workshop 

Practical Applications of Current Science in Wound Care (Drs. Jason Hanft, Robert Snyder & James Stavosky) – 3.5 hrs of 20 min clinical lectures plus 3 hrs 'hands-on' workshop

Podiatric Dermatology: What Are We Missing? (Drs. Bradley Bakotic & Allen Jacobs) - 4 hrs of didactic learning and clinical demonstrations 

Plus sessions on billing & coding, ultrasound, EHRs, HIPAA compliance, research papers, an exhibition and networking. All attendees will receive a FREE copy of the just published 40-page Prescription Custom Foot Orthoses Practice Guidelines. Click here to view the program, register online, and make hotel reservations!
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Case study: Treating necrotizing fasciitis caused by serratia marcescens
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Necrotizing fasciits is an infection of the deep layers of the skin and subcutaneous tissues. The disease consists of two variants, classified as Type I and Type II. Type I is a polymicrobial infection whereas Type II is a monomicrobial infection, mainly due to Group A Streptococcus. Since 2001, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus has been the most commonly reported bacteria causing necrotizing fasciitis. Early signs of the disease, such as an erythematous or edematous extremity, may be subtle. Other signs may consist of blister formation on the affected limb or systemic signs such as nausea and vomiting. More

Meet the Masters - today at 9 p.m. ET
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Problems with scheduling, due to Hurricane Irene, means that Meet the Masters audio-conference (at 9 p.m. ET) today with host, and former ACFAOM president, Dr. Bret Ribotsky, will be an opportunity for you to share your opinions on any item of interest. One subject to be discussed will be the APMA's recent decision to not allow the membership to vote on a referendum that five states, along with PM Editor Barry Block, authored regarding setting a goal that future podiatrist would graduate with MD or DO degrees. 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. More



Hyperspectral imaging helps diagnose ulcers
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Researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science (Los Angeles) have developed algorithms that can analyze hyperspectral images of the foot to identify ulcers associated with diabetes weeks before they are visible to the eye. Diabetes affects 194 million people worldwide and is expected to increase to 439 million in 20 years. Ulcers on the foot are a major complication of the disease, affecting 15-25 percent of diabetic patients, and in 2006 was the cause for more than 88,000 limb amputations on diabetes patients. More

Conquering peroneal tendinopathy in athletes
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Alternative, less invasive treatment options for peroneal tendon disorders such as platelet rich plasma therapy and radiofrequency Coblation have emerged as potential treatments. The efficacy of these therapies in regard to peroneal tendon pathology is debatable. Further research is needed to understand how, when and where to use these treatments most effectively, if at all. More

Diabetics are more prone to bone-related conditions
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Diabetic patients suffer disproportionately from common musculoskeletal conditions in terms of increased prevalence, severity, and morbidity, according to a doctor. "The high glucose, high insulin milieu of diabetic tissues affects many of the key cells," said Dr Saleh Mohammed Kagzi, Orthopaedics Surgeon, Zulekha Hospital, Dubai. More



PFP: Vasti revisited
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Research presented in August at the annual meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics in Long Beach, Calif., adds support to the increasingly popular idea that patellofemoral pain syndrome arises from different mech­anisms - and therefore should be man­aged differently - in different sub­groups of patients. More

The other shoe drops: Most are bad for feet
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Those cute little roll-up ballet flats women carry in their purses to slide on during foot-pain emergencies have rapidly achieved most-favored streetwear status among millions of them - and worst-footwear status among podiatrists. More

Postcasting orthotic protocol retooling could improve Ponseti technique success rates
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Success rates in treatment with the Ponseti technique can be improved through a reevaluation of the postcasting orthotic protocol, according to researchers in New York. Norman Ramirez, M.D., and his team treated 73 idiopathic talipes equinovarus feet with the Ponseti technique, following patients for 48 months after the completion of cast treatment. Twenty patients (38 percent) were reported as having bilateral involvement. Manipulation and casting treatments went on for a mean of six weeks, with 38 patients requiring Achilles tenotomy. A deterioration in Dimeglio severity score that required remanipulation and casting was considered the definition for recurrence in the study. More



Don't fall victim to claims denials
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Don't let flawed billing processes deny you the revenue you've rightly earned, and that your practice needs. The best way to minimize delays and denials is to monitor your claims submission reports regularly, or designate someone on staff to do it for you. Other tips for managing claims denials: be proactive, start a claims denial log, and make your staff experts. For more, click here.



Study: Clinical effectiveness of customized sport shoe orthoses for overuse injuries in runners
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Treatment of chronic running-related overuse injuries by orthopaedic shoe orthoses is very common but not evidence-based to date. This study included 51 patients with running injuries and were treated with custom-made, semi-rigid running shoe orthoses for eight weeks. Forty-eight served as a randomised control group that continued regular training activity without any treatment. More
 
 
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