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Still time to register for the exclusively office-based/case-based CME conference — ACFAOM 2014
There are 17 days left to decide to attend a very practical and clinical conference designed especially for office-based practices that will help you practice better and smarter — guaranteed. The focus of the conference (June 5-8; Alexandria, VA; 26 CMEs) will be on the latest in Biomechanics, Wound Care, Medicine, Imaging, and the Business of Practice, using real cases and national experts to guide you. And an optional workshop on Billing & Coding will update you for 2014 and help you begin a smooth transition to ICD-10 in 2015. For more program details and a PDF registration form click here. For online registration and hotel click here.

Registration is only $100 for ACFAOM members for 22 CMEs ($499 for non-members) (with 4 additional CMEs optional) and 1-day registrations also available. And PICA will discount premiums by 10%. Guest rooms are only $199, and the hotel is across the street from Alexandria Amtrak Station and only minutes by Metro from Reagan National Airport and the sights of Washington, DC. Early June weather is magnificent — so bring the family.

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Study: Majority of Americans experience foot pain
American Podiatric Medical Association via News-Medical.Net
The American Podiatric Medical Association announced the results of its Today's Podiatrist survey, which measures the public's attitudes toward foot health. The study, which surveyed 1,000 U.S. adults ages 18 and older, found that 77 percent of Americans say they have experienced foot pain, but only a third of those would seek expert care by a podiatrist.
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Minor lesions may predict plantar ulcer recurrence in diabetic peripheral neuropathy
Endocrine Today via Healio
In patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy, the existence of a minor lesion is the strongest predictor of a plantar foot ulcer recurrence, according to findings published in Diabetes Care. Additionally, researchers found that the use of preventive footwear was protective against the recurrence of plantar foot ulcers.
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9 things feet reveal about health
The nurse just took your temperature, checked your blood pressure and even made you step on the scale. And as she hands you the paper gown, she gives her final directive: "You can leave your socks on." When it comes to your health, that could be a big mistake. A change in your feet — whether on the skin, nails or even how they feel — can be the first sign of a potentially serious problem that, if caught early, could save your life.
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Steps — and apps — to take on the diabetes crisis
The Huffington Post
One in 3 people in the U.S. are on track for Type 2 diabetes by 2050. This looming public health crisis is being confronted by a variety of methods, but exercise and diet basics remain crucial. The Huffington Post spoke with developers and patients on the front lines in this video.
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Behind the white coats: Looking at the lifestyles of today's physicians
Dorothy L. Tengler
When we visit our physicians, we usually don't think about the commitment they made to be able to treat us — four years of medical school, three to seven years of residency, another few years of fellowship. Most likely, physicians have spent seven to 10 years of their lives preparing to practice medicine. But that across-the-board time commitment doesn't make all physicians the same. In fact, a national survey of 125,000 practicing physicians revealed intriguing differences from finances and career plans to personal lifestyles.
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Prospective study of talar resurfacing shows procedure relieves pain
Orthopedics Today via Healio
Osteochondral defects in young active patients who previously underwent ankle surgery can be effectively treated with a metal resurfacing inlay implant fixed to the talar dome with titanium screws, according to presenter Dr. Christiaan J.A. van Bergen. Bergen reported at the European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy Congress that no patients have needed a revision to date despite degenerative changes that independent observers saw on radiographs of the ankles of four of 22 patients.
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The basketball shoe designed to eliminate ankle sprains
Fast Company
Barry Katz hurt his ankle. And then he hurt it again. And again. That's how this all started. Katz played basketball seriously from high school through his freshman year of college, and he continued to dabble in the sport through his medical school graduation in 1982 and beyond. During that time, he had a series of ankle sprains.
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Mathematics to improve running
Délégation Paris Michel-Ange via ScienceDaily
How can runners improve their performance, weight and fitness? Amandine Aftalion from the Mathematics Laboratory in Versailles (CNRS/University of Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines) and Frédéric Bonnans from the Center of Applied Mathematics (CNRS/Inria/École polytechnique) have produced a mathematical model to optimize running, which could lead to personal e-coaching customized to each individual's physiological state. It also confirms a well-known fact in the sports community: runners who vary their speed spend their energy better and thus run longer. Mathematics gives them the opportunity to switch from simple statistical tools to personalized sporting advice.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    10 free tools that will help you better manage your medical practice (Physicians' Practice)
Key pearls for treating Haglund's deformity in runners (Podiatry Today)
Diabetic ulcers heal faster if skin substitute applied weekly (Medscape)
Mechanism of orthotic therapy for the painful cavus foot deformity (Journal of Foot and Ankle Research)
A compound fracture with no simple solution (Philadephia Inquirer)

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Prevention of recurrent foot ulcers with plantar pressure-based in-shoe orthoses: The CareFUL prevention multicenter randomized controlled trial
Diabetes Care
The objective is to assess the efficacy of in-shoe orthoses designed based on shape and barefoot plantar pressure in reducing the incidence of submetatarsal head plantar ulcers in people with diabetes, peripheral neuropathy and a history of similar prior ulceration. Research design and methods: single-blinded multicenter randomized controlled trial with subjects randomized to wear shape- and pressure-based orthoses or standard-of-care A5513 orthoses. Patients were followed for 15 months, until a study end point, or to study termination. Proportional hazards regression was used for analysis.
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