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Save the dates for ACFAOM's 2012 Annual Clinical Conference, Oct. 11-14, in Orlando, Fla.
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The American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine's annual clinical conference will be held Oct. 11-14, at the Hilton in the Disney World Resort ( located directly across from Downtown Disney. The focus of the ACFAOM conference will be Wound Management, Medicine, and Biomechanics, using both didactic and hands-on workshop learning, with additional sessions on billing & coding, HER, HIPAA compliance, and other issues relevant to office-based practice. A new feature this year will be a special surgical track presented by the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons (ASPS), ACFAOM's sister APMA Affiliated Specialty Organization. The ACFAOM annual clinical conference has grown since its debut in 2008, and details of the 2012 program will be available at the ACFAOM Web site later this month. Enter Oct. 11-14 into your new 2012 calendar now, and make a New Year's resolution to attend the most clinically relevant and practical conference in 2012. You cannot afford to miss it. More

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Bespoke for stroke: Temporary custom shoe improves gait
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Recent research from the Netherlands suggests that a custom-made orthopedic shoe designed for temporary use can enhance early mobilization after stroke, improving functional mobility, walking speed, and gait. More

3 health care decisions to watch for in 2012
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Many doctors are hoping that Congress finally delivers the fatal blow to the sustainable growth rate formula this year. Recently, after some last-minute political wrangling, Congress passed a bill that includes a two-month freeze on the 27 percent Medicare reimbursement cut to physicians that was scheduled to go in effect in January, courtesy of the SGR. But come March, these cuts will loom again. More

Heel-drop exercise program improves pain scores for Achilles tendinopathy patients
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A heel-drop exercise program improved pain scores at five-year follow-up when used by patients in the conservative treatment of chronic midportion Achilles tendinopathy. More

Addressing a gangrenous fifth digit
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In a case study involving a gangrenous fifth digit in an 88-year-old patient, this author discusses the use of a minimum incision ray resection and fillet of toe flap after appropriate revascularization to facilitate more expeditious healing and limb salvage. More

Experts stress selectivity in advanced ulcer care
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Despite the expense associated with advanced wound care technologies, evidence suggests that switching from standard care makes both clinical and economic sense if a diabetic foot ulcer has not experienced a 50 percent reduction in wound area after four weeks. More

Tackling the 10 myths of barefoot running
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Barefoot running, minimalist running and natural running are all terms that describe running in a manner that allows our foot to function the way it was designed (or has evolved). This happens through the use of little or no shoe at all. Many runners suffering from chronic injuries are adopting this way of running and are experiencing relief of symptoms to find themselves running with enjoyment and a more relaxing form. More

Health care reform will continue evolving in 2012    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The most substantial terms and conditions of the Affordable Care Act do not take effect until 2014 with the scheduled implementation of the individual mandate and insurance co-ops. Some noteworthy developments will occur in 2012, however, the most important of which is arguments before the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the mandate. More

Making your practice more efficient means fewer staff, more tools
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Dr. Craig Koniver writes, "Recently, I began telling you how I have created an incredibly lean medical practice that I manage 100 percent by myself. Now, I want to give you some practical advice about how you can start creating your very own lean medical practice to start you thinking about how you can manage your practice on your own, by yourself." More

A 5-year follow-up study of Alfredson's heel-drop exercise program in chronic mid-portion Achilles tendinopathy
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There are many conservative treatment options for chronic Achilles tendinopathy. Systematic reviews showed that the heavy load eccentric exercise program has the most evidence of effectiveness in the treatment of chronic mid-portion Achilles tendinopathy. More
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