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ACFAOM's Live Learning Center
ACFAOM is pleased to announce the opening of our 'Live Learning Center' as another great benefit for all ACFAOM members. We believe it will help you fulfill the basic goal of ACFAOM's mission, to assure that lower extremity biomechanics and medicine remain the cornerstone of podiatric practice. ACFAOM firmly believes that an emphasis in these areas of the scope of podiatric practice will not only enhance the quality of your services to your patients but will also help you build a financially successful office. Both sessions from ACFAOM 2015, BIOMECHANICS (Posterior Tibial Dysfunction; Geriatric Patient; Biomechanical and Gait Evaluation); and MEDICINE (Differentiating Acute Charcot from Osteomyelitis; Calcaneal Fracture; Painful, Swollen, Red Lower Extremity; Puncture Wounds) were videotaped and will be available on ACFAOM's Live Learning Center at in mid-August.

For more details about this important development in ACFAOM's services to our members and the profession, click here.
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Comparison of barefoot walking and shod walking between children with and without flat feet
Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
We sought to investigate the effect of wearing shoes on joint range of motion, ground reaction force, and muscle activity (electromyography) in children with flat and normal feet during walking. Nine children with flat feet and 12 children with normal feet aged 5 to 11 years were recruited. Each child was instructed to walk on a walkway in the barefoot and shod conditions. Joint range of motion, GRF, and electromyographic data within one gait cycle were collected simultaneously. Two-way analysis of variance was performed to evaluate the effects of foot type and shoe condition on the response measures.
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Total ankle arthroplasty: Defining its clinical niche
Lower Extremity Review
Research generally upholds total ankle arthroplasty as a viable alternative to the traditional first-line surgical treatment, ankle arthrodesis, for correctly selected patients with end-stage ankle arthritis. But complication rates associated with ankle arthroplasty remain an area of concern.
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Study assesses injuries and injury rates among barefoot and shod runners
Podiatry Today
A recent study found fewer overall musculoskeletal injuries in barefoot runners but similar injury rates between barefoot and shod runners. The prospective survey in the British Journal of Sports Medicine encompassed 107 barefoot and 94 shod adult runners. The study authors noted there were fewer diagnosed musculoskeletal injuries overall among barefoot runners although injury rates were not statistically different between the groups.
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More research links sedentary time to diabetes
People who are inactive for hours on end each day may be more likely to develop diabetes than people who spend more time moving around, a study confirms. Researchers gave accelerometers to about 2,000 people to track their movements during waking hours for one week. Five years later, compared to people who were sedentary for less than six hours at the start of the study, those who had been inactive for at least 10 hours a day had almost four times higher odds of being diabetic.
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After 30 years, has podiatry changed for the better?
Podiatry Today
Some of the changes within podiatry have been good but other changes have not been so good for our profession. One of the positives that has occurred is that podiatrists have become a more integral part of the medical community than three decades ago. The second factor that has elevated the podiatric profession is the improved medical and surgical training of the podiatry students and podiatric residents who have eventually become members of our medical community over the past three decades.
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Diabetes, lower-extremity amputation and death
Diabetes Care
The goal of the study was to determine whether complications of diabetes well-known to be associated with death such as cardiovascular disease and renal failure fully explain the higher rate of death in those who have undergone a lower-extremity amputation.
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Maximizing your EHR: 5 strategies
Physician's Practice
An EHR is not the product itself — it is the way we learn to use it. Here are five strategies to reduce user frustrations.
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