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Save 10 percent on PICA premium at ACFAOM's 2012 Annual Clinical Conference, Oct. 11-14, at Disney World
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At ACFAOM 2012, a special lecture sponsored by PICA will entitle you to a 10 percent reduction on your premium if you have PICA insurance. During this session you will be presented with three cases that went wrong: a diabetic, one who developed CRPS, and one with a malignancy. You will be taken through each of these cases by an experienced malpractice defense attorney who will to show you what could have been done to prevent serious legal challenges, and how to apply reasonable risk prevention strategies to all your patient encounters.

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 Gary Kaplan, DPM, FACFAOM - today at 9 p.m.
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Dr. Gary Kaplan 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. Kaplan is a past president of ACFAS and is head of the Kaplan Clark Golf Tournament for PPAC. 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

Essential keys to a pre-op biomechanical evaluation
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Emphasizing the importance of proper biomechanical assessment as a foundation for successful surgical outcomes, this author discusses key measurements such as the resting calcaneal stance position and offers pertinent evaluation pearls that can make an impact in flatfoot and hallux valgus surgery. More

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High-tech heel pad tissue analysis: Orthotic implications
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The use of technology to improve orthotic design is not limited to CAD-CAM applications, as demonstrated by University of Salford researchers in two presentations at the Orthotics Technology Forum. Daniel Parker, a doctoral student in the university's School of Health Sciences, and colleagues have developed a machine that replicates the forces that occur under the heel during the gait cycle and assesses tissue response to those forces. More

Hemodialysis foot ulcer risk not confined to diabetes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Hemodialysis patients with and without diabetes are at risk for foot ulceration, say UK researchers who believe preventive resources must be directed toward both patient groups. "Current CKD [chronic kidney disease] guidelines and recommendations fail to recognise the association between haemodialysis and the development of foot ulceration," say Stephen Riley (University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff) and co-workers. More

Flip flop fracture: Summer favorite can cause foot problems
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Sarah Mitchell has a hitch in her get along - and a foot brace that she'd like to give the boot. In early spring her left foot started killing her - she thought it was a bunion but then it got swollen so she went to the doctor. More

Small practices may be least able to take new Medicaid patients
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A recent federal survey underscores the struggles some primary care and small practices face in taking on new Medicaid patients. Most doctors - 96 percent - continue to accept new patients, Sandra L. Decker, Ph.D., an economist at the National Center for Health Statistics, found in polling more than 4,300 licensed, office-based physicians. But in comparing acceptance rates among various payment sources in 2011, Medicaid trailed behind Medicare and private insurance. More

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For over 30 years, PICA has been protecting and supporting podiatric physicians and the podiatric profession. We are more than just malpractice insurance. Endorsed by ACFAOM, we offer a variety of risk management tools, outstanding customer service, expert claims handling and access to other insurance products. more

Spray-on skin speeds healing of venous leg ulcers
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According the U.K.'s National Health Service, one person in 50 over the age of 80 will develop venous leg ulcers. The ulcers occur when high blood pressure in the veins of the legs causes damage to the adjacent skin, ultimately resulting in the breakdown of that tissue. While the ulcers can be quite resistant to treatment, a team of scientists is now reporting success in using a sort of "spray-on skin" to heal them. More

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New foot and ankle nonunion risk assessment tool developed
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Researchers recently presented a new tool designed to assess the risk of nonunion for patients undergoing foot and ankle surgery. "Quantitative nonunion risk assessment is a novel and valuable tool to better estimate the degree of patient risk," Gowreeson Thevendran, M.D., and colleagues wrote in their abstract. More

Selective plantar fascia release assists healing of recalcitrant forefoot ulcers
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Korean surgeons have developed an alternative to Achilles tendon lengthening for reducing plantar pressure and promoting wound healing in patients with diabetic foot ulcers. In the July issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, the group reported on a simpler, less morbid procedure they've developed, selective plantar fascia release, which involves transection of plantar fascia fibers that insert into the affected toe. The surgeons followed 60 patients with nonhealing diabetic forefoot ulcers who underwent SPFR for a mean of 23.5 months after surgery. More

Childhood obesity growing at alarming rate
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Obesity is not just a personal problem but a public health epidemic that affects educational achievement, economic productivity and state budgets, the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University believes. The center released a policy brief in May, which states in the last 20 years, obesity rates - irrespective of age, sex, race, socioeconomic status, education level or geographic region - has noticeably increased. More

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Creating a culture for success at your medical practice
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Owen Dahl writes, "Talking about the concept of 'culture' and 'creativity' in reference to medical practices can be both intriguing and scary. Most practices want a culture of stability, not one that faces constant change! However, while the old adage says two things are certain - death and taxes - I would add a third - change." More

Diagnosis of diabetes
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A 42-year-old asymptomatic man with hypertension presents for his annual physical examination. His medications include atenolol combined with chlorthalidone. Both parents had type 2 diabetes mellitus later in life. He does not smoke cigarettes. His body-mass index is 32.3, and his blood pressure is 130/80 mm/Hg. Would you screen the patient for diabetes, and if so, how? More


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