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Interested in having your podiatric assistant certified?
An ACFAOM Certified Clinical Podiatric Medical Assistant (CCPMA) is able to perform routine nail care, pre-treatment foot exams, collect client health information correctly, setup a sterile field and much more. Click here to learn more about the course and have your assistant register online. $100 off the standard fee of $599 for assistants sponsored by an ACFAOM member. If you need more information before deciding to enroll your assistant, contact Jennifer Mulligan, at or 301-718-6534.
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Meet Phillip Ward, DPM, FACFAOM
Dr. Phillip Ward 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. Ward is the President of the American Podiatric Medical Association. He will be answering your questions and providing APMA updates. 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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Destructive pseudo-neuroarthropathy associated with calcium pyrophosphate deposition
Foot & Ankle International
Calcium pyrophosphate deposition (CPPD) disease is a metabolic disorder characterized by soft tissue calcific deposits formed primarily in articular cartilage. What can result is a crystal-induced arthropathy often referred to as pseudogout, which is variable in both presentation and severity. A particularly destructive and deforming arthritis is an uncommon but well-recognized subtype of this disease. Radiologically resembling the neuroarthropathy described by Charcot, a pattern of joint fragmentation and structural collapse occurs in the absence of peripheral neuropathy. This pseudo-neuroarthropathy is rarely reported in the foot and ankle.
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Patients with scleroderma at highest risk for pulmonary arterial hypertension
Risks for pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary arterial hypertension among patients with scleroderma were discussed by Dr. Harrison Farber at the American College of Rheumatology State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium. Farber said patients with scleroderma are at the highest risk for developing pulmonary arterial hypertension, with approximately 60 percent of patients enrolled in PAH clinical trials positive for some form of scleroderma.
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Fish oil may help with diabetic neuropathy
Nephrology News & Issues
A study published in the Journal of Neurophysiology shows that fish oil supplements can restore the condition of nerves damaged from diabetes in mice. Approximately 50 percent of patients with diabetes suffer from nerve damage, or neuropathy.
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Work-life balance in healthcare: The fundamentals
By Catherine Iste
People in careers that revolve around helping others are often the worst at maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Healthcare workers are some of the most challenged employees when it comes to self-care, yet they spend every day helping others with health challenges. Yet time and again we have all seen that if we take care of ourselves, we can actually help others more. In this three-part article, we will speak with two healthcare professionals who are experts in teaching work life balance. But first, we will set the groundwork by exploring the fundamentals.
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A closer look at the gastroc recession for plantar fasciitis
Podiatry Today
Heel pain is one of the most common complaints of patients who present to a podiatrist's office. Of the various diagnoses that could cause heel pain in adults, plantar fasciitis (fasciosis) will probably be the code that you most often enter into your electronic medical records. Estimates say at least one in 10 people will develop plantar fasciitis in their lifetime and plantar fasciitis will account for at least 1 million doctor's visits annually.
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Total ankle arthroplasty can improve outcomes in coronal plane deformity
Orthopedics Today
Although research has shown satisfactory outcomes for total ankle arthroplasty in patients with preoperative coronal plane deformity of greater than 10 degrees, it is still considered a relative contraindication; however, researchers recently reported the effective use of total ankle arthroplasty in a patient with a severe preoperative varus deformity without the need for osteotomy.
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A new triplanar paradigm for bunion management
Lower Extremity Review
The most common paradigm in bunion surgery relies on one or more metatarsal osteotomies to correct the 1-2 intermetatarsal angle and soft tissue balancing to align the first metatarsophalangeal joint, sesamoid apparatus and hallux. Additionally, the most common approach to assessing and defining the anatomy in a bunion, and subsequently choosing the corrective procedure or procedures for bunion correction, utilizes commonly accepted measurements, such as the IMA, the hallux abductus angle and the tibial sesamoid position.
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How docs should respond to patients who want to hit 'record'
There are several valid reasons a patient or family member may wish to take an audio recording of a medical visit, but many doctors are uncomfortable with being on the record in this manner. A recent article from the Washington Post discusses both sides of the issue, as well as how physicians can navigate the risks associated with either allowing or not allowing patients to hit "record."
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    4 ways to handle cyber conflict and negative reviews (Physician's Practice)
Omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil can slow or reverse nerve damage from diabetes (Medical Xpress)
Up to 65 percent of patients with chronic plantar fasciitis may benefit from shock wave therapy (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons via PRNewswire)
Management and prevention of acute and chronic lateral ankle instability in athletic patient populations (World Journal of Orthopedics)

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