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From bugs to drugs to surgery at ACFAOM 2012 - Oct. 11-14, Disney World
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The opening session at ACFAOM 2012 will be in a small group, case-based learning format and will teach you how to think about patient issues in the evidence-based medicine way. You will interact with other participants for brainstorming that will reignite your love for learning in a no-pressure zone! Every patient a practicing podiatric physician sees is a case study that needs solving. But in a heavily booked office setting it can be tough to stick to EBM rather than reverting to anecdotal practice. Drs. Kathleen Satterfield, Oleg Petrov & Robert Smith will show you how to do this in a non-threatening and enjoyable way.

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 surgery track presented by ASPS. Click here to register now.

Meet Marshall Solomon, DPM, FACFAOM - today at 9 p.m.
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Dr. Marshall Solomon 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. Solomon is the Chairman of the Medical Education Committee at Botsford Hospital and is in private practice at The Foot Care Institute of Michigan in Farmington Hills, Mich. He has been involved in podiatric residency training for over 36 years and is a member of the Council of Teaching Hospitals (COTH). 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. More

Patients with obesity display greater risk of ankle fracture
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Data suggest that obesity presents a greater risk of a more severe ankle fracture, according to this study from researchers in California. Researchers reviewed the radiographs and medical records of 280 patients with an ankle fracture from January 2008 to December 2008. Patients were classified using the Weber classification, which was then associated with BMI, gender, age, diabetes, tobacco use and osteoporosis. More

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A closer look at endoscopic nerve decompression for Morton's 'neuroma'
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The interdigital neuroma is a common source of forefoot pain that podiatric foot and ankle surgeons see in their practices every day. The characteristic symptoms have been well known since Morton first described them in 1876. Even though Morton believed the problem was located at the fourth metatarsophalangeal articulation, his name has been associated with the pathology for over a century. Peripheral nerve surgeons have chosen to avoid the term "neuroma," opting instead for "interdigital neuritis," which better describes the problem. More

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3 steps to quality pay for physicians
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Physicians, both employed and independent, need to take steps to ensure they are receiving the appropriate share of pay-for-performance or value-based purchasing bonuses, medical consultants say. Whether the quality pay program is from a health system, insurer, accountable care organization, patient-centered medical home or some other model, physicians need to understand what metrics they have to meet. In addition, doctors need to determine how to meet them and ensure they have the tools to do so. More

Dialysis treatment takes toll on diabetic foot care
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A convergence of comorbidities means diabetic patients on dialysis have an even higher risk of foot ulcers and amputation than those without renal disease. The potential for preventing these complica­tions at dialysis centers is too often underappreciated by practitioners. More

Foot problems pervasive in the US, linked to obesity, sedentary lives and diabetes, says new IPFH/NPD study
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A staggering 78 percent of U.S. adults age 21+ report they have had one or more problems with their feet at some time in their lives, according to The National Foot Health Assessment 2012, a survey conducted for the Institute for Preventive Foot Health by The NPD Group. The most common foot maladies, plaguing both men and women, were ankle sprains (reported by roughly one in three respondents), followed by blisters, calluses, foot fatigue, cracked skin and athlete's foot. More

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Wireless shoe insert senses foot numbness that can lead to diabetic ulcers, amputation
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A Canadian startup company is developing a wireless shoe insert that will help people with diabetes manage peripheral nerve damage and hopefully prevent amputations that often stem from diabetic foot ulcers. More

Pediatric obesity weighs on growing bones, joints
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Exercise is the standard prescription for obesity. But alterations to joint biome­chan­ics, gait, and anatomical structure in overweight children and teens mean that physical activity comes with its own risks, which practitioners must factor into any clinical recommendations. More

Outpatient treatment puts bunion back in its place
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A bunion on Diane Frame's left foot bothered her for several years. It became so painful it was difficult for her to wear shoes. Thanks to the mini-tightrope, a procedure designed by Dr. George Holmes, the 61-year-old Naperville woman is back to walking comfortably. "I can wear regular shoes," Frame says. "I have no problem with anything I want to do now." More

How senior friendly is your medical practice?
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Every single day, an estimated 10,000 people in this country are turning 65. If you haven't made your practice senior-friendly, now is the time. The following is a partial list of things to consider. More

Use of MRI for volume estimation of tibialis posterior and plantar intrinsic foot muscles in healthy and chronic plantar fasciitis limbs
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Due to complexity of the plantar intrinsic foot muscles, little is known about their muscle architecture in vivo. Chronic plantar fasciitis may be accompanied by muscle atrophy of plantar intrinsic foot muscles and tibialis posterior compromising the dynamic support of the foot prolonging the injury. Magnetic resonance images of the foot may be digitized to quantify muscle architecture. The first purpose of this study was to estimate in vivo the volume and distribution of healthy plantar intrinsic foot muscles. The second purpose was to determine whether chronic plantar fasciitis is accompanied by atrophy of plantar intrinsic foot muscles and tibialis posterior. More


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