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ACFAOM's new Certified Clinical Podiatric Medical Assistant Course
ACFAOM is pleased to announce the launch of the Certified Clinical Podiatric Medical Assistant (CCPMA) course. Partnering with Medinails 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 the doctor. The CCPMA provides proof, through the certification process, that the assistant has passed a course containing the professional information needed to work in a clinical assisting role in a podiatry office. This course consists of ten online learning modules with two online exams. After passing the exams, an internship in a licensed podiatrist's office is required and usually provided by the student's employer podiatrist. 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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Arch structure in children with talipes planovalgus improves with shoe inserts
Lower Extremity Review
Orthotic management of pediatric talipes planovalgus starting at an early age is associated with significant improvement in weightbearing arch structure, according to research from Saga University in Japan.
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Cushioned training shoe may negatively affect competitive performance of adolescents
Orthopedics Today
Kansas researchers have found that type of running shoe has a significant impact on biomechanics in competitive adolescent running athletes and that heavily cushioned heel training shoes may negatively affect performance.
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Poor communication ups risk of malpractice suits, patient nonadherence
With patient satisfaction increasingly being tied to reimbursement and physician compensation, the days of considering communication a "soft skill" for doctors are long gone. As a result, organizations such as the Cleveland Clinic have begun enrolling their doctors in specialized communications courses, while medical schools are targeting the issue even earlier, The Wall Street Journal reported.
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When a patient has a post-op bullous reaction
Podiatry Today
William Fishco, DPM, FACFAS, writes, "A 39-year-old female presented to my office with a chief complaint of pain surrounding both great toe joints. She had symptoms for five to six years. Prior treatment measures included wearing wider shoes and bunion pads. Her main area of pain was on the medial bony prominence at the great toe joint."
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UA researchers to study diabetic prevention technology
Daily Wildcat
Two UA researchers are teaming up to study the use of SmartSox, a cutting edge technology for the detection and prevention of diabetic foot ulcers that can lead to amputation. More than $2 million in research grants was awarded to the UA Department of Surgery's Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance, and the Interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance, as well as the Qatar-based Hamad Medical Corporation. The groups will collaborate in studying the effectiveness of socks that can help detect the development of ulcers.
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For over 30 years, PICA has been protecting and supporting podiatric physicians and the podiatric profession. We are more than just malpractice insurance. Endorsed by ACFAOM, we offer a variety of risk management tools, outstanding customer service, expert claims handling and access to other insurance products.

Diabetes: More results support use of foot orthoses to significantly decrease plantar pressures
Lower Extremity Review
Research from Sweden and Egypt provides more evidence that foot orthoses can significantly decrease plantar pressures in patients with diabetes, theoretically reducing the risk of foot ulcers and lower extremity amputation.
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Healthcare providers want faster changes in payments
USA Today
Healthcare providers are pushing the federal government to scrap the payment plan for medical services, preferring instead one payment for a patient's entire care instead of separate fees for each item.
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Female doctors more positive than males
Healthcare Finance News
In a profession full of flux and uncertainty, America's physicians say they are generally not a happy lot. But female physicians do seem to be a bit less miserable overall, according to a recent study by The Physicians Foundation.
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Pregnancy leads to lasting changes in foot structure
American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation via PubMed
Women are disproportionately affected by musculoskeletal disorders. Parous women seem to be at a particularly elevated risk for structural and functional changes in the lower limbs. The combination of increased weight on the joints with potentially greater laxity during pregnancy could lead to permanent structural changes in the feet. Although arches may become lax during pregnancy, it is unknown whether the changes persist. The objective of this study was to determine whether arch height loss persists postpartum.
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