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Get a refresher in the basic ABCs of clinical biomechanics at ACFAOM 2012 - Oct. 11-14, Disney World
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Chaired by Douglas Richie, DPM, FACFAOM, the Biomechanics Track at ACFAOM 2012 will present the latest on the biomechanics of barefoot running (and minimalist shoes) and orthotic therapy for diabetic foot ulcers, adult acquired flatfoot, bunions, and ankle instability and falls in 3 hours of short clinical lectures on Oct. 12. On Oct. 13, a 3-hour workshop will show you how to make orthotic adjustments and fix failures, treat adult acquired flatfoot, and select the appropriate orthotic therapy for first ray pathologies. Joining Dr. Richie as faculty will be Drs. Christopher MacLean and Robert Daryl Phillips. This lecture session plus associated hands-on workshop will help you improve your day-to-day podiatric practice with new and important clinical biomechanics and sport medicine knowledge and skills. The conference will be held Oct. 11-14, at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista located directly across from Downtown Disney. The focus of the ACFAOM conference will be Wound Management, Medicine, Dermatology/Pathology, and Biomechanics using both didactic and hands-on workshop learning, with additional sessions on billing & coding, and the latest technologies for podiatric imaging. New features this year include an exciting survey of Lasers in Podiatric Practice: Pros and Cons, plus a sawbones surgical track presented by ASPS. Save $100 by registering before July 16. More

ACFAOM 2012 abstract deadline is July 13
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The deadline to submit an abstract for poster presentation at ACFAOM 2012 is this Friday, July 13. This is your opportunity to present original research at the 2012 ACFAOM Annual Clinical Conference in Disney World, Fla., and have it published in an international journal. Accepted abstracts will be published in an issue of The Foot (ACFAOM's official journal published by Elsevier). All podiatric research topics will be considered for presentation, including retrospective, prospective and meta-analyses. Only abstracts submitted online will be considered for presentation. Click here to submit an abstract for poster presentation.

Meet Laurence Rubin, DPM - today at 9 p.m.
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Dr. Laurence Rubin 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. Rubin is a past president of the Richmond Academy of Podiatric Medicine, and practices at Foot & Ankle Specialists of VA in Mechanicsville, Va. He is an international author and lecturer and is on the editorial board for Clinics in Podiatric medicine and Surgery. 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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Exercises for healthy feet
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Exercising your feet on a regular basis not only improves overall foot health, but may also reduce your risk for injury. Walking is the best overall foot exercise. When you walk, you put your foot through its full range of motion, from the time your heel hits the ground until you lift off with your toes. Moreover, walking is one of the best forms of exercise for your entire body. It improves your cardiovascular health and can help your circulation, muscle tone, and mood. More

Correlates of diabetic foot complications identified
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For patients with diabetes, increased poly(ADP-ribose) immunoreactivity, reduced abundance of type 1 procollagen, and impaired skin structure correlate with foot complications. Abd A. Tahrani, MD, from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, and colleagues examined whether high-risk patients exhibit skin structural and metabolic deficits that predispose to foot complications. Participants included nine control patients with diabetes, 16 patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) alone, 21 with recurrent diabetic foot ulceration (DFU), and 14 controls without diabetes. Intraepidermal nerve fiber density, structural analysis, type 1 procollagen abundance, tissue degrading matrix metalloproteinases, and PAR immunoreactivity were measured using skin punch biopsies from the upper and lower leg skin. More

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Effects of ankle bracing on athletic performance
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Ankle braces help prevent injury by restrict­ing motion, but those restrictions don't necessarily result in negative effects on athletic performance. Evidence sug­gests that while agility may be affected with use of an ankle brace, vertical jump and balance skills may not. More

Adult acquired flat foot has several causes
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Adult acquired flat foot was first described in the late 1960s as something that occurred after trauma, as a result of a tear to the tibial posterior tendon. However, by 1969 two doctors called Kettlekamp and Alexander described cases in which no trauma had taken place. They referred to the condition as "tibial posterior tendon dysfunction" and this became known as the most common type of adult acquired flat foot. More

Ankle instability patients exhibit landing kinematics suggestive of ACL injury risk
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Sagittal plane landing kinematics in patients with chronic ankle instability mimic those associated with risk of anterior cruciate ligament injury, sug­gest­ing that similar neuromuscular control deficits may be involved in both processes, according to research from the University of Toledo in Ohio presented in late May at the ACSM meeting. More

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Treating a calcaneal avulsion fracture in a patient with poor bone quality
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A 59-year-old male presented to the emergency department after injuring his right foot and ankle. The patient described a fall resulting in sudden, forceful dorsiflexion of his ankle. He immediately experienced significant pain on the posterior lower leg along the distal Achilles tendon and posterior calcaneus. More

The Supreme Court's healthcare decision: What it does - and does not - mean
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Dr. Anthony Komaroff writes, "The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (which I'll just call the Law) in 2010 was regarded as a landmark event in U.S. history. The recent ruling by the Supreme Court, which largely upholds the Law, should also be viewed as a landmark event - whether one agrees with it or not." More

Going toe to toe with nail fungus
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Most people will walk the equivalent of three times around the earth in their lifetime. That's a huge amount of wear and tear on your foot's many bones, joints, tendons, ligaments and muscles - and, more to the point, it increases the potential that you'll develop a very painful and/or unsightly case of toenail infection. More

Ankle arthrodesis shows good outcomes for patients with Charcot osteoarthropathy
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Patients who underwent ankle arthrodesis in the coalescence or remodeling stages of Charcot osteoarthropathy before the onset of joint instability, severe deformity and ulcer formation had satisfactory outcomes, according to study published in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery. More

3 steps in improving physician productivity
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Susanne Madden writes, "'Help, my partner won't perform!' It's a cry I hear over and over again here at the Verden Group. Not only can it be a source of frustration and limiting to the growth of the practice, but these days payer contracts are becoming increasingly based on performance. If you have certain metrics and goals in place that need to be reached in order to receive maximum compensation, having a partner who simply won't comply can really hamper your practice." More


REGISTRATION OPEN! October 11-14 - Disney World. Total Immersion in Wound Management, Medicine, Biomechanics, Surgery (by ASPS), Dermatology/Pathology, Imaging, HIPAA/EHRs, Billing/Coding, PICA premium discount. 21 CE Credit Hours. MORE

Correlation of radiographic and pedobarograph measurements in planovalgus foot deformity
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Planovalgus foot deformity is common in children with cerebral palsy. Several pathologies contribute to the deformity. It begins with the lateral displacement of the navicular and the talar head becomes uncovered and prominent in the medial side of the midfoot. The purpose of this study was to assess the correlation between the radiographic and the pedobarographic measurements and the ability to predict foot pressure components using radiographic measurement. More

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