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Mark your 2014 calendar for ACFAOM's 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 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 as appropriate. 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 on 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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Meet Jarrett Cain, DPM - today at 9 p.m. ET
ACFAOM
Dr. Jarrett Cain 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. Cain is Assistant Professor at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center at Pennsylvania State University, Hershey. His research is focused on biomechanics, foot & ankle disorders and diabetic bone healing, and will show us the 'ins and outs' of podiatric research at a top medical school. 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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Antibiotics may be as effective as surgery in treating foot osteomyelitis
DiabetesHealth
A recent study found that surgery may not always be the best course of action to treat people with diabetes who have foot osteomyelitis. An infection of the bone, osteomyelitis is the most frequent foot infection associated with diabetes, accounting for 10 to 25 percent of mild infections and almost 50 percent of severe infections.
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Key insights on treating plantar psoriasis
Podiatry Today
An anxious middle-aged caregiver presented to the clinic complaining of very painful heels. Her limping was not due to the typical heel spur syndrome we see. She had severe cracks and fissures on both of her heels. Her soles had gradually become thicker over the last six months and felt hot and painful to the touch.
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Achilles tendon rupture: The influence of gender
Lower Extremity Review
The literature suggests that women are less likely than men to experience an Achilles tendon rupture. This may be because women are less capable of generating the large eccentric contractions necessary for rupturing the tendon. Estrogen may also play a protective role.
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CMS sets 2014 pay rates for hospital outpatient and physician services
HealthLeaders Media
The Obama Administration late recently released two final rules dictating how doctors and outpatient hospital facilities will receive payment starting Jan. 1, 2014, and Jan. 1, 2015, with two key changes for physician fee schedules and outpatient payments.
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Achilles tendon injuries: The right way to treat
The Inquirer
Ross Martinson once felt invincible. One of those high-velocity land animals, he could run nearly forever and fast, finishing 23d in the Boston Marathon and three times in the top five of the Broad Street Run. Then, in 2008, he ran the Rock 'n' Roll distance run, finishing the half-marathon in 1 hour 6 minutes and 49 seconds. As he walked off the course, he felt some tightness in his calves. Two hours later, he was crippled with pain. "It felt like I was screwed up," he said with a runner's classic understatement.
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Federal guidelines for treating obesity updated by American Heart Association, College of Cardiology
KJRH-TV
Thanksgiving jumpstarts the holiday eating season, a time when most people gain five to ten pounds. This year, your doctor may step in with a warning about your waistline. For the first time in 15 years, the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology updated the federal guidelines for treating obesity. The new guidelines target your risk of illness and encourage doctors to intervene long before patients move from the overweight category to obese.
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Can orthotics have an impact on tarsal tunnel syndrome?
Podiatry Today
In a review of the literature and their clinical experience, these authors discuss the pathomechanics of tarsal tunnel syndrome, keys to the differential diagnosis and the role of functional foot orthotics in treating the condition.
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Balance-boosting footwear tips for older Americans
Journal Sentinel
Balance in all aspects of life is a good thing. We work hard but make time for fun, love our children while setting boundaries, and eat healthy to enjoy a sundae on Friday night. But mental equilibrium isn’t the only kind of balance that’s important in life. Good physical balance can help older people avoid the debilitating and potentially life-threatening complications of a fall.
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CURRENT RESEARCH ARTICLE OF INTEREST


A review of the foot functional index and the foot function index - revised
Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
The Foot Function Index (FFI) is a self-report, foot-specific instrument measuring pain and disability and has been widely used to measure foot health for over twenty years. A revised FFI (FFI-R) was developed in response to criticism of the FFI. The purpose of this review was to assess the uses of FFI and FFI-R as were reported in medical and surgical literature and address the suggestions found in the literature to improve the metrics of FFI-R.
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