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There is still time to register for ACFAOM 2011 - Oct. 27-30, Disney World
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Are you looking for a podiatry meeting that: 
• Covers the conditions you treat in your office on a daily basis?
• Is taught by top faculty with real world experience?
• Approaches teaching by respecting you as an experienced doctor?
• Combines didactic and hands-on workshop learning?
• Awards 21 CMEs for less than $15/credit?
• Allows you and your family to experience Halloween at Disney World and Universal Studios?

This conference has everything you need to be a great clinician and successful practice owner. It features the latest in Biomechanics, Medicine, Wound Management, Dermatology, Pathology, Ultrasound, Billing & Coding, HIPAA and EHRs. Daily registration is available if you cannot attend the whole conference ($99 members and Federal Service, $149 non-members). To view the program and register, click here. If you have any questions call 1-800-265-8263 Ext. 6536 or contact Nick Hurwit at

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Attend the Dr. Barry Block roast at ACFAOM 2011 FREE - Oct. 28, 6 p.m., Disney World
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The "Meet the Masters Celebrity Roast" of Barry Block, DPM, JD, on Friday evening, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m. will kick off the ACFAOM President's Reception in the Exhibit Hall. The MC for this event will be the host of "Meet the Masters" and former ACFAOM president, Dr. Bret Ribotsky. Joining Dr. Ribotsky will be several of Dr. Block's long-term friends and colleagues, who will share anecdotes, and a few laughs, about this important figure in the profession's evolution. After being "roasted," Dr. Block will receive the ACFAOM Lifetime Achievement Award from Dr. Kirk Geter, ACFAOM's president. He will have earned it! If you would like to be present to honor Dr. Block and attend the reception FREE, but you are not planning to attend the ACFAOM 2011 conference, call ACFAOM at 1-800-265-8263 Ext. 6536 for a special pass to the exhibit hall for that evening only. For full information about the conference click here. More

Hypermobile flatfoot and pediatric obesity: What you should know
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Almost daily, you can turn on your TV or open your favorite newspaper and learn about the "national health crisis" that is obesity. There is also a tremendous amount of literature concerning the long-term health pitfalls of morbid obesity and how it can affect the heart, liver, kidney and lymphatic system. Obviously, obesity can also lead to diabetes and a whole host of other health-related issues. More

Obesity rate declines slightly, study finds
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The percentage of Americans of "normal weight" has slightly increased in the past year, but overweight and obese people still command a solid majority, according to a new study. In the third quarter of 2011, 36.6 percent of Americans were of normal weight, compared with 35.6 percent a year ago, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey found. More

Meet Dr. Giurini - today at 9 p.m. ET
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John Giurini, DPM, 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. Giurini is a graduate of California College of Podiatric Medicine, and did his residency and fellowship at Deaconess Hospital in Boston. In 1991 he joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School, and today is one of podiatry's giants in the field of diabetes. 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

Pregnancy and falls
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Pregnancy changes gait and balance, and in ways that increase the risk of falling in certain women. Research suggests falls aren't caused by environmental differences and that exercise confers a protective effect, according to investigators from West Virginia University in Morgantown, W. Va., whose most recent data appeared in the August issue of Gait & Posture. More

Keys to treating tarsal coalitions
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A tarsal coalition exists when an abnormal union causes restricted motion or absence of motion between two or more tarsal bones. Tarsal coalitions often produce a dramatic symptom complex, which one may ultimately identify as rigid peroneal spastic flatfoot. More

15 in 100 diabetics will develop foot ulcers
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Experts say that diabetics should take special care of their feet as 15 out of every 100 diabetics develop ulcers. "We call it the rule of 15 and 50," said Dr. A.K. Das, senior health specialist and president of Diabetic Foot Society of India. "Fifteen percent of all diabetics develop ulcers in their feet. In 50 percent of these cases, the infection gets out of hand. So much so, the limb has to be amputated. In the majority of cases, amputations are above the knee." More

Stress fractures of the lateral rays in the cavovarus foot
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Lateral ray stress fractures are a known complication of the cavovarus foot deformity. Malpositioning of the forefoot and hindfoot leads to increased pressure on the heel and lateral rays, resulting in significant morbidity. Patients with nonprogressive deformities can be managed surgically or nonsurgically in an attempt to decrease adverse events. It is often difficult to predict which patients will benefit most from a surgical intervention. More

When marathon runners leave a toenail behind
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A few weeks before her first marathon, Kristel Crame bought a trendy purple polish to cover her toenails, one of which she'd bruised on a long training run. But as she started her at-home pedicure, "I noticed a toenail seemed a bit loose. It seemed like the bottom part was connected and the top part was all lifted up," she said. Even stranger: A new, normal toenail was growing underneath the unhinged one. More

Dealing with staff conflict
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Something felt constantly off course at the Cincinnati ophthalmology practice where Jessica Graves is the clinical operations manager. She describes the discord witnessed between front- and back-office staff. "There seemed to be ongoing, underlying resentment between the teams that started with incidents between individuals and then spread to a crisis level. It impacted whole sections of staff and even patients." More

The Charcot foot in diabetes
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The diabetic Charcot foot syndrome is a serious and potentially limb-threatening lower-extremity complication of diabetes. First described in 1883, this enigmatic condition continues to challenge even the most experienced practitioners. Now considered an inflammatory syndrome, the diabetic Charcot foot is characterized by varying degrees of bone and joint disorganization secondary to underlying neuropathy, trauma, and perturbations of bone metabolism. An international task force of experts was convened by the American Diabetes Association and the American Podiatric Medical Association in January 2011 to summarize available evidence on the pathophysiology, natural history, presentations, and treatment recommendations for this entity. More

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