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ACFAOM's New Certified Clinical Podiatric Medical Assistant Course
ACFAOM
ACFAOM is pleased to announce the launch of 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 their DPM and perform many routine foot care procedures under the supervision of a DPM. This course consists of ten online learning modules with two online exams. After passing the exams, an internship in a DPM’s office is required and usually provided by the student’s employer. 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 Biomechanics Masters; Howard Dananberg, DPM, FACFAOM, Robert Phillips, DPM and Kevin Kirby, DPM, FACFAOM - today at 9 p.m. ET
ACFAOM
Three biomechanics Masters 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. They will discuss their passion and share success without the knife. Drs. Dananberg, Phillips and Kirby have truly spent their careers mastering patient results without leaning on surgery. In today's world of lower reimbursement, a commanding understanding of biomechanics may be the strategy for financial success. 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


New procedure may relieve pain foot and leg pain for baby boomers
YNN
Leg and foot pain may affect many of us as we age, and with more and more baby boomers hitting the golden years, a now less-complicated procedure may relieve the pain of those with the worst symptoms. YNN's Erin Billups filed the following report.
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Pronating feet to blame for back pain
Rheumatology Update
Rolling your feet inwards when walking could be the cause of lower back pain, but only if you're a female, researchers say. The latest findings from almost 2,000 people taking part in the Framingham Foot study found that pronating feet when walking was significantly associated with low back pain in women, even after adjusting for age, weight, smoking and depression.
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Lower body mechanics bolster overhead throws
Lower Extremity Review
Lower extremity biomechanics can significantly affect the risk of upper extremity injury in overhead throwing athletes, such as baseball and softball pitchers and catchers, and the functional stability of the lumbopelvic-hip complex is essential to preventing those injuries.
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Managing patients' pain improves satisfaction, revenue
HealthLeaders Media
Pain represents a growing patient concern and a flourishing service line for healthcare. Hospitals are creating pain management centers with a focus on chronic and acute pain, relying on interventional and multidisciplinary procedures targeting long-term pain.
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Feng shui: Creating the right environment for your medical office
By Jessica Taylor
Take a minute to look around your office. Is it appealing to your patients? Does it promote well-being? Believe it or not, your office layout affects your work life as well as your patients; feng shui can also affect you, your patients and staff. How a space feels affects how people respond at a conscious and unconscious level, says feng shui consultant and lecturer Linda Varone, RN, MA, CFS .
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Do shoes trigger foot problems or do your feet trigger shoe problems? (The Huffington Post)
Utilizing semi-custom orthotics for neuromas (Podiatry Today)
Increased running cadence simulates some advantages of going barefoot (Lower Extremity Review)
Experimental evidence supporting isometric functioning of the extrinsic toe flexors during gait (Clinical Biomechanics via ScienceDirect)
Fixing ankle problems helps athletes improve performance (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

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Keys to identifying and treating vamp disease
Podiatry Today
Shapiro and Gibbs originally described vamp disease as a commonly occurring problem in which the patient can develop inflammatory swelling on the dorsal aspect of the base of the hallux, secondary to the irritation from the vamp of the shoe. This can cause painful callus formation, irritating the extensor hallucis longus tendon with potential to cause infection in the area.
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Jenny Howell prevails against Regal Nails for a $2 million judgment in the Howell vs Regal Nails lawsuit
PRWeb
The superficial nerve fibers on Howell's feet were so damaged in a pedicure at a Regal Nails salon that a spinal stimulator had to be surgically implanted to enable her to walk. The damage is permanent and affects every aspect of her life.
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Diabetes ups mortality risk across ethnicities
Medscape
Diabetes increases the risk of all-cause, cardiovascular, and cancer death in postmenopausal women by 2 to 3 times regardless of ethnicity, according to a new analysis of the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) published online Sept. 17 in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
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Obesity up 25 percent in NYC
New York Post
Reduce the obesity rate in New York City? Fat chance! More New Yorkers than ever are living large, despite Nanny Bloomberg's war on sugary drinks and fast foods, statistics obtained by The Post reveal. The city's obesity rate among adults has skyrocketed 25 percent since Mayor Bloomberg took office in 2002, city Health Department figures show.
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT PEARLS FROM AAPPM


Revenue cycle management is more than billing patients
Physician's Practice
Revenue cycle management is the lifeblood of any practice — private or nonprofit. Effective patient registration, insurance and benefit verification, charge capture, and claims processing are essential to maintaining practice viability. Before you can improve any process, you need to assess where you are now. In this article are some questions you should think about.
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CURRENT RESEARCH ARTICLE OF INTEREST


Is the foot striking pattern more important than barefoot or shod conditions in running?
Gait & Posture
People have advocated barefoot running, claiming that it is better suited to human nature. Humans usually run barefoot using a forefoot strike and run shod using a heel strike. The striking pattern was thought to be a key factor that contributes to the benefit of barefoot running. The purpose of this study is to use scientific data to prove that the striking pattern is more important than barefoot or shod conditions for runners on running injuries prevention.
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