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Drs. Harkless and Ward to give state of the profession talks at ACFAOM 2010
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Lawrence Harkless, DPM, FACFAOM, Founding Dean, College of Podiatric Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, Calif., and international expert on diabetes and would management, will give the keynote address to open ACFAOM 2010 (Aug. 26-29, Orlando, Fla.) His talk, 'Innovation and Integration: The Future of Podiatric Medical Education' at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 26, will present the latest approaches to podiatric medical education as an integrated health profession consistent with the goals of Vision 2015. To end the afternoon, following a track on basic surgical skills, Phillip Ward, DPM, FACFAOM, an APMA Trustee, will provide a complementary report on 'The Future of Podiatric Medicine' as seen by the profession's national association. ACFAOM's Annual Clinical Conference, designed by doctors for doctors, will be held at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel, Buena Vista Lake, Fla., across from Downtown Disney. Eight-hour tracks on Chronic Wound Management, Recent Advances in Orthotic Therapy, Basic Surgical Skills, and focus sessions on Skin Biopsy & Plastic Surgery Techniques, Diagnostic Ultrasound, EMRs & HIPAA, and Billing & Coding. See program here. To register, click here. More

A comparison of electrosurgery and sharp debridement in the treatment of chronic neurovascular, neurofibrous and hard corns, a pragmatic randomized controlled trial
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The Foot is pleased to be able to offer this article free of charge to readers of the Foot & Ankle Weekly electronic newsletter (click here). A subscription to The Foot is one of the benefits of membership in the American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine (ACFAOM) as The Foot is the official journal of the College. Additional membership information can be found here ( This international peer-reviewed journal covers all aspects of scientific approaches and medical and surgical treatment and aims to provide a multidisciplinary platform for all specialties involved in treating disorders of the foot. Subscriptions to The Foot include 24/7 access to the online version of the journal, where you'll find the full text of each issue as soon as it publishes, plus valuable archived back issues. To subscribe to The Foot you can click here More

Minor claims raise health insurance premiums
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Consumers have been extremely upset as their health insurance companies have been jacking up their premiums and even denying their claims completely for minor conditions. From toe nail fungus to stress management, health insurance companies seem to be finding ways to say these medical conditions are much more serious than they actually are. More

Is it OK for diabetic to use corn remover on feet?
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Most family physicians and internal medicine specialists are qualified to care for uncomplicated type 2 diabetes. Physicians encourage the patients to follow a strict diet in which carbohydrates are restricted and patients measure their blood sugar several times a day, and generally will do several other blood tests several times a year. More

Diabetics urged to confer with their doctor about Avandia use
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One day after a U.S. advisory panel recommended that the controversial diabetes drug Avandia stay on the market -- albeit with added restrictions -- several medical organizations are urging patients not to change their medications before consulting a health care professional. More

New study proves care by podiatrists dramatically decreases lower limb amputation
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Essential foot care by a podiatrist has now been statistically proven to reduce hospitalization and amputation in adults with diabetes, according to a first of its kind study conducted by Thomson Reuters. The study was conducted by Vickie R. Driver, MS, DPM, during the recent American Podiatric Medical Association's (APMA) 98th Annual Scientific Meeting. The presentation will highlight the dramatic impact that as few as one visit to a podiatrist can have on patients with diabetes. More

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Congenital foot deformities: A guide to conservative care
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The early recognition and treatment of congenital foot deformities is essential in order to ensure optimal functioning of the foot. In regard to joint deformities caused by contracture of muscles and capsule, one can achieve correction via methods including: repeated gentle manipulation stretching of the tight structures; cast immobilization of the joints in the position of correction; and shoe/splint therapy. These forms of conservative therapy are of particular value in the correction of such congenital deformities as talipes equinovarus or clubfoot, metatarsus adductus and talipes calcaneovalgus. More

Why women can wear high heels for hours 'solved by scientists'
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Researchers found women who regularly wore high heels for extended periods suffered more aches because their muscles were overstretched and could not relax. They found that wearing a pair of shoes shortened fibers in their calve muscles as the heel of the foot was elevated. The scientists at Manchester Metropolitan University located in Manchester, U.K.,  then discovered the Achilles' tendon became thicker and stiffer meaning it was harder to stretch the feet out to walk. More

Students, meet your new teacher, Mr. Robot
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The boy, a dark-haired 6-year-old, is playing with a new companion. The two hit it off quickly -- unusual for the 6-year-old, who has autism -- and the boy is imitating his playmate's every move, now nodding his head, now raising his arms. "Like Simon Says," says the autistic boy's mother, seated next to him on the floor. More

Recognizing amelanotic melanoma in the lower extremity
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In days gone by in the podiatric literature, the reporting of melanoma of any type on the lower extremity, particularly the feet, was a relatively uncommon occurrence. Most of these reports in the podiatric literature were "surprise" diagnoses. More accurately, treatment for some lesion would begin and based on non-response to treatment, someone decided to do a biopsy, yielding the true nature of the lesion as melanoma. More

Should you exercise through pain?
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Anyone who exercises has felt a burn, twinge, stitch or ache. Rightly so, fitness experts say. "The body adapts to the stress we put on it, which is good," says Christopher Ray, a certified personal trainer and assistant professor of kinesiology at the University of Texas at Arlington. "Soreness is just a sign the body is healing itself." More

Osteoarthritis troubles
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Tom Schwartz reads this column in the Blackduck (Minn.) News. Not long ago, he emailed to provide information about knee walkers, one of which he had used for two months after recent ankle fusion surgery due to degenerative joint disease, or osteoarthritis. But first, his story: "Arthritis in my (ankle) joint was diagnosed in the early '90s," said 55-year-old Schwartz in a telephone interview. "The joint didn't have any integrity, so if I stepped on a sidewalk crack, for example, the joint would roll out on me." More

$8 million device saving life and limb
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A device produced by a small company in St Leonards, NSW, Australia offers hope for people who face losing a limb due to peripheral vascular disease. After six years and $8 million of research and development, the product has already saved, in a pilor study, seven legs and a hand from being amputated. Worldwide, 1000 legs are amputated each day - and 40 percent of those amputees die within a year of surgery. Smoking and diabetes are the primary causes. More
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