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Want to achieve a 'Million Dollar Practice'? ACFAOM & OHI can help you!
ACFAOM is partnering with Orthotics Holding for a series of seminars designed to expand your ability to treat lower extremity biomechanical conditions and grow your practice at the same time. A 2-day program at the Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott on May 30 and 31 will kick off the series, with other locations planned for later in the year. No CMEs; instead the keys to delivering life-altering care and unlocking the financial levers hidden in your practice. Don't miss this opportunity to increase your clinical skills and improve patient outcomes, while reaping the associated financial rewards. Early Bird deadline extended to May 7! For more information and to register, click here.
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Meet Jeffrey Ross, DPM, MD - today at 9 p.m. ET
Dr. Jeffrey Ross 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. Ross is an expert in sports medicine, wound care and reinventing oneself for a changing medical market place. 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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The epidemiology of fifth metatarsal fracture
Foot & Ankle Specialist
A paucity of data exists studying the epidemiology of fifth metatarsal fractures. While a number of studies exist focusing on specific fracture patterns and patient populations, a large comprehensive epidemiologic study on the general public does not. This study reviewed 1275 fifth metatarsal fractures treated at a multicenter orthopaedic practice attempting to classify mechanism of injury and patient demographics as they pertain to specific fracture patterns.
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Habitual foot-strike patterns may persist in older runners after switch from shoes
Lower Extremity Review
Experienced runners older than 30 years are less likely than adolescents to change foot-strike pattern when switching from traditional running shoes to barefoot running, which may increase their risk of injury, according to a study from the University of Kansas in Kansas City. Researchers analyzed 26 runners (16 men), all of whom were older than 30 years and had more than 10 years of shod running experience, as they ran on a treadmill at various speeds while barefoot and while wearing conventional running shoes.
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Examining the potential of collagen powders in the diabetic foot
Podiatry Today
While collagen powders are not new to the market, they have recently become among the more commonly used advanced wound care products, especially among podiatric physicians. As more physicians and wound care specialists are looking for more rapid and economical alternatives to enhance wound healing, collagen powders can be extremely effective.
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Ankle function declines following joint distraction
Orthopedics Today
Following joint distraction, ankle function was observed to decline over time, according to study results published in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. A clinical investigator evaluated 36 patients who underwent ankle distraction surgery between December 2002 and October 2006. Patients completed the Ankle Osteoarthritis Scale (AOS) and SF-36 surveys. At follow-up visits, researchers obtained radiographs, as well as CT and MRI scans of the ankles. Overall, the researchers followed 81 percent of the patients for a minimum of 5 years and found 55 percent of the patients still had the native ankle joint, and 45 percent and had undergone either ankle arthrodesis or total ankle arthroplasty.
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Study: Topical platelet growth factor does not improve healing of diabetic foot ulcers
O&P News
A study of the efficacy of topical platelet derived growth factor in the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers found that it did not appear to significantly improve healing in comparison with a placebo, according to results published in Wounds. Researchers conducted a randomized, controlled trial of 46 patients with Wagner grade I ulcers and a wound area of 1 cm² to 16 cm². A fiberglass cast was applied to all participants at randomization with a window slightly larger than the study wound dimensions. Study therapy was conducted for 4 months, with a final follow-up visit scheduled after healing or 10 months after randomization if the wound was not healed at 4 months.
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Amputation risk of missed diabetes foot checks
Hundreds of thousands of people with diabetes in England are not having their feet checked every year, increasing their risk of amputations, Diabetes UK is warning. Using NHS data, the charity says an estimated 414,784 people are skipping annual foot checks. This equates to 27.7 percent of people with type 1 diabetes and 13.3 percent of those with type 2 diabetes, they say.
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High hopes, unfulfilled promise: Healthcare groups look beyond portals
By Christina Thielst
The patient portal is sometimes envisioned by healthcare leaders as the one-stop shop for patient-facing technologies. However, the patient portals of most electronic health record vendors today were not designed to accommodate all of the business and functional requirements needed for population health, meeting meaningful use requirements and truly engaging patients to improve outcomes and build loyalty. The healthcare delivery system currently being transformed is moving us much closer toward longitudinal health and a virtual care team approach.
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Papers identify effective and cost-effective treatments for complex wounds
Medical Xpress
Deciding how to treat a complex wound is a bit like shopping at a supermarket: there's a lot to choose from. Complex wounds are a significant burden on patients and on the economy, costing the North American healthcare system $10 billion a year. That doesn't include indirect costs such as patient or caregiver frustration, economic loss and decreased quality of life.
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Associations between toe grip strength and hallux valgus, toe curl ability, and foot arch height in Japanese adults aged 20 to 79 years: A cross-sectional study
Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
The associations between toe grip strength (TGS) and foot structure are not well known, although foot structure is inferred to affect TGS. This study investigated the associations between TGS and hallux valgus angle (HVA), toe curl ability, and foot arch height (FAH). Methods This study analyzed 227, 20 to 79-year-old, community-dwelling participants. TGS, HVA formed by the first metatarsal bone and the proximal phalanx of the hallux, toe curl ability (percentage) calculated as (foot length–flexed foot length)/foot length, and FAH (percentage) calculated as navicular height/truncated foot length were measured.
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