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Abstracts being accepted for presentation at ACFAOM 2014
ACFAOM invites you to submit an abstract of unpublished original work for poster presentation on Friday, June 6 at the 2014 ACFAOM Annual Clinical Conference, in Alexandria, Va., (just outside DC). Accepted Abstracts will be published in a 2014 issue of The Foot. All podiatric research topics will be considered for presentation, including retrospective, prospective and meta-analyses. Students only may also submit case studies for consideration.

ACFAOM 2014 will be presented as five 4-hour interactive learning sessions using case studies (not the usual passive lecture-based education); Biomechanics, Wound Care, Medicine/Dermatology, Imaging, and the Business of Podiatric Medicine. Following the main conference, the popular ACFAOM 4-hour Billing & Coding Workshop by Michael Warshaw, DPM, FACFAOM, will be presented on Sunday morning as an option for a small fee, with the 300-page 2014 Podiatry Manual included.

Program details here. Registration here. Remember, for all paid-up ACFAOM members ACFAOM 2014 is absolutely FREE if you register by May 5. That's 20 CE credit hours plus a discount on your PICA premium - at no cost. One-day registration also available.
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Meet Harry Goldsmith, DPM, FACFAOM - today at 9 p.m. ET
ACFAOM Fellow Dr. Harry Goldsmith will be the guest on today's Meet the Masters audio-conference (at 9 p.m. ET) with host, and former ACFAOM president, Dr. Bret Ribotsky. Dr. Goldsmith is CEO of Codingline and is Director of Coding Resource Management, LLC. He is a consultant to the APMA's Health & Practice Department and writes a monthly column in Podiatry Management magazine. 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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5 simple habits can help doctors connect with patients
John Henning Schumann writes, "I pulled back the curtain, ready to meet the next patient on my hospital rounds. 'Why are you standing there?' she asked me. 'Come, have a seat, let's talk.' Lenore could have been my grandmother. She was 77 years old, and all of 93 pounds. What she lacked in girth, she more than made up for in chutzpah. She was one of the patients from intern year who I'll never forget. After four years of medical school, I could recite biochemical pathways, genetic mutations and the ways all sorts of drugs work. But all the cramming suppressed most of my common sense. Perhaps manners, too."
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3 ways physicians can improve their adaptability skills
By Clint Hubler
Doctors who travel to new practices face a host of complex challenges. They interact with new colleagues and patients and often work with new tools and processes. Adaptability is one of the most important qualities a locum provider can possess. There are three tools that can help a doctor become more adaptable to new surroundings.
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How will EMRs grow in the next 5 years?
Patient portals, clinical data warehousing/mining and radiology bar coding applications are the EMR applications that HIMSS Analytics expects will dominate first-time sales in hospitals over the next five years. The HIMSS Analytics Database contains data from over 5,300 hospitals, and market share data for over 130 software applications and technologies. The report, called the Essentials of the U.S. Hospital IT Market, Winter 2013 Edition, looked at all of the applications associated with the EMR adoption model and examined historical information and the trajectory of sales.
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Robotic device could help rehabilitate patients with ankle-foot disorders
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard University, the University of Southern California, MIT and BioSensics have developed a soft, wearable robotic device powered by pneumatic artificial muscle actuators for the rehabilitation of patients with ankle-foot disorders, such as drop foot.
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Nerve decompression and diabetic neuropathy
Lower Extremity Review
Advocates of surgical nerve decompression in a subset of patients with diabetic neuropathy have published some impressive outcomes, but critics of the procedure point to the conspicuous absence of randomized trials. The issue has become one of the most contentious in diabetes care.
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How do walking boots affect balance?
Podiatry Today
We commonly prescribe walking boots, sometimes referred to as controlled ankle motion (CAM) walkers, for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcerations, fractures and tendon injuries of the lower extremity. Clinicians continue to be baffled and frustrated by the fact that, in spite of the significance of these pathologies, patients have very poor adherence in wearing these devices that are a vital part of the treatment plan.
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Ill-fitting shoes could lead to big foot problems
If our feet could talk, a lot of them would be begging for mercy by the end of the day. And by the time patients get to Dr. Rami Calis at the Emory Orthopedic and Spine Center, their foot pain has evolved into either Achilles tendonitis – or painful band of tightening on the bottom of the foot known as plantar fasciitis. A key warning sign for both is pain when you get up after resting.
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Foot treatment has 99 percent success rate - without surgery
Sioux City Journal
More than 14 years ago, Multicare Health Clinic brought together medical doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists and massage therapists under one roof. "We have essentially proven that there is no one profession alone which can treat all problems better than the rest. By working together, we can provide a broader array of services to our patients in order to more efficiently and effectively get better results,” said Dr. Scott Sneller, clinic administrator of Multicare Health Clinic.
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Effectiveness of interventions in reducing pain and maintaining physical activity in children and adolescents with calcaneal apophysitis (Sever's disease): A systematic review
Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
Calcaneal apophysitis, also commonly known as sever’s disease, is a condition seen in children usually aged between 8–15 years. Conservative therapies, such as taping, heel lifts and orthotic intervention are accepted management practices for calcaneal apophysitis, though there is very little high quality research examining the efficacy of such treatment modalities. Previous narrative literature reviews and opinion pieces provide some evidence for the use of heel raises or orthoses. The aim of this manuscript was to complete a systemic review on the treatment options for calcaneal apophysitis as measured by pain reduction and maintenance of physical activity.
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