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Mark your calendars for ACFAOM's 2014 Annual Clinical Conference in Old Town Alexandria, Va., June 5-8, 2014
ACFAOM is excited to announce the details for ACFAOM's 2014 Annual Clinical Conference, which will be held at the Hilton Old Town Alexandria in historic Alexandria, Va., just minutes away from Washington DC. ACFAOM members will be able to attend the conference and earn 24 CECHs for FREE, plus receive a 10% savings on your PICA Premium.

Focusing on the clinical conditions faced in the typical podiatric office, ACFAOM 2014 will be based on clinical cases and presented in an interactive and practical manner, with demonstrations and hands-on learning. The program will feature five 4-hour sessions: Biomechanics, Wound Care, Medicine/Dermatology, Imaging, and the Business of Podiatric Medicine. There will also be an optional 4-hour Billing & Coding Workshop on Sunday morning. Bring the family for a learning experience for everyone; you on how to be a more astute and capable clinician; your family learning about our Nation's history.

More information will be available during the coming weeks and will be posted at Mark your calendars today!
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Meet Michael G. Warshaw, DPM, FACFAOM, CPC - today at 9 p.m. ET
Dr. Michael G. Warshaw will be our guest on today's Meet the Masters audio-conference (at 9 p.m. ET) with host and former ACFAOM president, Dr. Bret Ribotsky. Dr. Warshaw, a Fellow of ACFAOM, is a practicing podiatrist and a certified coder with over 25 years of successful coding, management, and training experience for podiatric practices. This unique prospective provides him with the ability to provide solutions to insurance and coding problems from 'real world' experience. Dr. Warshaw is committed to assisting practices in learning to code appropriately and avoiding the wrath of the carriers. 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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Do shoes trigger foot problems or do your feet trigger shoe problems?
The Huffington Post
Dr. Steve Rosenberg writes, "Every day thousands of women ask themselves that question when their feet start hurting. Is it my shoes or is it my feet? The answer to that question is that both statements are correct. Over the past 30 years of practice I have come to the conclusion that depending on the shape of the foot and all its curves and bumps it is just as much a culprit in making ones shoes uncomfortable as wearing a pair of shoes that are too tight, too small or too high."
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Increased running cadence simulates some advantages of going barefoot
Lower Extremity Review
The acute effects of increased running cadence are similar to those of barefoot running, according to two studies that looked at the two techniques in a single group of runners. Researchers from the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City analyzed five healthy runners, all rearfoot strikers, who ran overground under three conditions: shod at self-selected cadence, shod at a cadence 10 percent above preferred, or barefoot at a self-selected cadence. All participants typically trained in neutral running shoes.
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Fixing ankle problems helps athletes improve performance
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Ankles seem like an insignificant joint when compared to the power and strength of the hip or shoulder. Believe me, they do have their tasks and they can affect your performance in a major way. If you have an ankle issue, it may be simple to correct with a little ankle pre-hab. Pre-hab describes things you can do to help prevent major injuries. These things may include stretches, foam rolling and even strength and stability exercises.
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Anteriorly translated talus restored to anatomical position 6 months after total ankle arthroplasty
Orthopedics Today
Researchers found the anteriorly translated talus in patients with osteoarthritis was relocated to an anatomical position at 6-month follow-up after three-component total ankle arthroplasty, according to results of this study.
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Small-fiber neuropathy common at 40 years of Type 1 diabetes
After 40 years of living with type 1 diabetes, nearly all patients have small-fiber sensory neuropathy and a majority also has large-fiber nerve dysfunction, a small prospective study has found. Results of the trial, one of the first to distinguish among affected nerve-fiber types in diabetic polyneuropathy, were published online September 11 in Diabetes Care by Dr. Kari Anne Sveen from Oslo University Hospital, Norway, and colleagues.
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    Does your foot type predict your type of foot problem? (Runner's World)
Toenail topical shows efficacy in trials (Lower Extremity Review)
Plantar fasciitis: Unique challenges in basketball (Lower Extremity Review)
Emerging advances in ankle cartilage repair (Podiatry Today)
Effect of rocker shoe design features on forefoot plantar pressures in people with and without diabetes (Clinical Biomechanics)

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Healthcare reform could launch despite a federal shutdown
Reuters via The Christian Science Monitor
U.S. State officials behind the launch of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform on Oct. 1 say they could weather a federal government shutdown, though the scenario would add new pressure to the political attacks and technical issues that have weighed on the program's introduction.
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Utilizing semi-custom orthotics for neuromas
Podiatry Today
Too often, physicians prescribe custom fabricated orthoses to treat a forefoot issue when they can address the problem through the use of a semi-custom orthotic. Do we need to cast, mold and scan the foot, et cetera, to produce a custom rearfoot shell, which we can attach to the forefoot device? Do we need to control the rearfoot to help the forefoot pathology? The debatable answer is that it depends on the pathology.
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Healthcare costs projected to outpace economic growth
The nation's health spending will bump up next year as the Affordable Care Act expands insurance coverage to more Americans, and then will grow by an average of 6.2 percent a year over the next decade, according to projections by government actuaries. That estimate is lower than the typical annual increases before the recession hit. Still, the actuaries forecast that in a decade the health care segment of the nation's economy will be larger than it is today, amounting to a fifth of the gross domestic product in 2022.
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Experimental evidence supporting isometric functioning of the extrinsic toe flexors during gait
Clinical Biomechanics via ScienceDirect
The extrinsic toe flexors, flexor hallucis longus and flexor digitorum longus, play an important role in stabilizing the longitudinal arch and supporting high forefoot loads during the stance phase of gait. It was hypothesized that these muscles function isometrically during stance, a strategy thought to provide efficient energy transfer across adjoining body segments, but one for which there is little direct experimental evidence in vivo or in situ.
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