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Special invitation to attend ACFAOM's Annual Clinical Conference @ The National
If you have already registered for APMA's "The National," you are invited to attend ACFAOM's 2015 Annual Clinical Conference on July 22. During this 1-day pre-conference (8 CECHs) you will be an engaged and active participant in the whole learning process. The content will be "Case Based, Evidence Based, and Office Based." The faculty members will act as coaches and encourage participants to discuss their own ideas about the cases presented. No long tedious lectures. Adult learning at its best!

The response to this NEW form of podiatric CME at ACFAOM's annual conference last year was extremely positive. "A better way to learn" said one participant. "Why don't we have more educational programs like this" said another. The morning session will focus on:
  • BIOMECHANICS (Posterior Tibial Dysfunction; Geriatric Patient; Biomechanical and Gait Evaluation); the afternoon on
  • MEDICINE (Differentiating Acute Charcot from Osteomyelitis; Calcaneal Fracture; Painful, Swollen, Red Lower Extremity; Puncture Wounds).
The conference is FREE to ACFAOM and FPMA members, and non-members are welcome for a very nominal fee of $99. Sponsored breakfast (Bako), lunch (Langer) and reception (BioMedix) included. To add this option to your current registration, use the paper registration form available here.
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Meet Drs. Patrick DeHeer and Nick Campitelli — today at 9 p.m. ET
Drs. Patrick DeHeer and Nick Campitelli will be the guests on today's Meet the Masters audio-conference (at 9 p.m. ET) with host, and former ACFAOM president, Dr. Bret Ribotsky. 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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Evaluation of peripheral neuropathy of unknown origin in an outpatient foot and ankle practice
Foot & Ankle International
The foot and ankle surgeon can see peripheral neuropathy in the treatment of foot and ankle conditions. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the demographics and presenting complaints of patients diagnosed with idiopathic peripheral neuropathy during an examination by a foot and ankle surgeon and to identify the type and frequency of subsequent diagnosis of medical causes of neuropathy.
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Study proposes new risk score to predict amputation
Podiatry Today
The severity of diabetes mandates vigilance against risk factors for amputation and a new study in Diabetes Care devises a new risk score to further physicians' efforts at preventing complications. The study focused on 575 patients with infected diabetic foot ulcers, 28 percent of whom went on to amputation. The authors validated the prognostic value of the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot and also developed a new risk score for physicians to use in practice, one for any amputation and one for amputations excluding the lesser toes.
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Extracorporeal shock wave therapy had clinically relevant effect size in plantar fasciitis treatment
Orthopedics Today
Treatment of recalcitrant plantar fasciitis with focused extracorporeal shock wave therapy without local anesthesia had a success rate between 50 percent and 65 percent, according to study findings. Researchers randomly assigned 250 patients with plantar fasciitis to receive focused extracorporeal shock wave therapy or placebo intervention, with three session of 2,000 impulses in weekly intervals. Primary outcomes included the percentage change of heel pain on the VAS composite score and the Roles and Maudsley score at 12 weeks after the last intervention compared with baseline scores.
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Study identifies risk factors for suicidal ideation in lower extremity amputees
O&P News
Patients with lower extremity amputations have an increased risk of developing suicide ideation, according to results of a study published in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Depression screenings are important — especially when dealing with limb loss — to better identify patients who struggle to cope with disability, Aaron P. Turner, PhD, director of Rehabilitation Psychology at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, and associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington, told O&P News.
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Stem cell injections improve diabetic neuropathy in animal models
Medical News Today
There is no curative therapy for diabetic neuropathy, but a recent study carried out by a team of researchers in the U.S. and Korea has found that laboratory animals modeled with DN can experience both angiogenesis (blood vessel growth) and nerve re-myelination following injections of mesenchymal stem cells derived from bone marrow.
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Study: Disconnect between patients and physicians on use of online communication tools
The News Medical
A large number of patients use online communication tools such as email and Facebook to engage with their physicians, despite recommendations from some hospitals and professional organizations that clinicians limit email contact with patients and avoid "friending" patients on social media, new research suggests.
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3 ways physicians can balance work and relationships
We've discussed in FiercePracticeManagment before how the demands of running a medical practice can strain not just the individuals exposed to the stress, but their key relationships as well. And that can be a scary dynamic, considering that those relationships can be key sources of joy, support and respite in an otherwise unforgiving world. But how do you maintain harmony when day-to-day life is so hectic and hard?
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Case series: Glomus tumors in the foot (Foot & Ankle Specialist)
Dual-task gait: The potential influence of orthotic devices (Lower Extremity Review)
When a plantar pigmented lesion increases in size with irregular borders and drainage (Podiatry Today)
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Disabling infection-fighting immune response speeds up wound healing in diabetes (Medical News Today)

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