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Plantar fasciitis stubborn to heal, experts say don't put off treatment
Connie Glen isn't sure what she did exactly, but in February she started getting unexplained pain in her left heel – and seven months, several practitioners and about $2,000 later, it's still not entirely healed, though she's finally seeing some improvement. Glen has plantar fasciitis, a common foot injury that can make walking even short distances an ouch-inducing exercise and one that has derailed many a planned marathon among running enthusiasts.
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Meet Gary Glick, M.D. - today at 9 p.m. ET
Dr. Gary Glick 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 Glick has practiced general and vascular surgery in South Florida for 20 years. He works at North Shore Hospital and Jackson North Hospital, and has served as Chief of Surgery at both institutions. He is an instructor in the Podiatry residency training programs and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at Florida International University School of Medicine. 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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Report shows disparities in US diabetes prevention, amputation
Reuters via Fox News
Differences in amputation rates for diabetes complications are a sign that disparities in care by region and race start much earlier, according to a new report. U.S. blacks are less likely to get routine preventive care for diabetes than other patients and three times more likely to lose a leg to amputation because of the disease, according to a new report from the Dartmouth Atlas Project, which analyzes Medicare data to see how well the healthcare system is working.
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Are we making progress in healing diabetic foot ulcers?
Podiatry Today
Acknowledging the high failure rate in healing diabetic foot ulcers and preventing lower extremity amputations, a recent study in Advances in Therapy acknowledges an "urgent need for new treatment strategies." Are we meeting that need or has our progress halted? In a recent Medscape article, study co-author Aristidis Veves, M.D., notes that "The number of cases of foot ulcerations and amputations has been the same over the past 10 to 15 years. It is a major problem, with major unmet needs and lack of progress over the past two decades.
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Do mHealth users get more out of their EHRs?
Are mHealth users better at using electronic health records – and getting more out of them – than doctors who use PCs? That seems to be one of the takeaways of a recent survey conducted by Software Advice. And it may say as much about the type of person who uses mobile devices as it does about the state of EHR adoption in the U.S. The survey of 600 users from a diverse range of medical specialties and practice sizes, collected this year by Software Advice in collaboration with Research Now, found that 76 percent still access EHRs via a desktop or laptop, while only 26 percent use a tablet or smartphone, so mobile access isn't a top priority just yet.
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Study: No link found between aspiration of ankle fractures and pain relief
Orthopedics Today
Level 1 research presented here showed aspiration of acute ankle fractures did not lead to diminished pain or decreased usage of pain medication in patients compared with placebo. “We found no significant differences between aspiration and control groups at any time point. We found no differences in secondary [outcomes],” S. Andrew Sems, M.D., said. “Based on this finding, we conclude that aspiration of isolated acute ankle fractures within 24 hours of injury does not provide any measurable clinical benefit and cannot be recommended as a standard adjunctive therapy for ankle fracture.”
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GoLaser Podiatry Laser System
Sheaumann Laser has received FDA clearance and has released its first medical laser system: the GoLaser™ for podiatric indications. This is a significant achievement in the company’s quest to supply the medical world with high quality laser systems that are reliable and compact. Learn More
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New procedure can ease pain from ankle arthritis without limiting the ankle's mobility
It's a surgery that is becoming increasingly more common. Ankle replacements usually are needed because of a bad accident or arthritis. But artificial ankles have come a long way and not all of them are the same. David Sander believes he is a walking medical marvel. "It's really a miracle," says Sanders. The miracle is that he's walking at all after he slipped on an icy city sidewalk in the middle of winter. "I lifted up my leg and my foot was backwards, and I said to myself, 'Oh my God,'" says Sander.
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Diagnosing and treating pigmented nail lesions
Podiatry Today
Presenting a guide to effective management of pigmented nail lesions due to melanocytic processes, this author offers several case studies, reviews key clinical pointers for diagnosing longitudinal melanonychia and advocates the benefits of the nail matrix shave biopsy in detecting subungual melanoma.
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Physicians warming to Affordable Care Act
After much initial backlash to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), physicians are beginning to rate the law and some of its components more favorably, according to a new survey from the Medicus Firm physician search consultancy. Most significantly, the number of physicians giving the ACA a failing grade (F) overall fell from 30.2 percent in 2013 to 22.35 percent this year. The number of physicians giving the ACA a perfect A remained low at 8.6 percent, slightly up from 6.3 percent in 2013.
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Exploring new options for physicians and patients
Physicians Practice
This issue of Physicians Practice - EXPLORING NEW OPTIONS - focuses on accepting new practice models that meet the needs of physicians and their patients, according to our Great American Physician Survey, sponsored by Kareo. Check out the issue now and get the full results from this year's survey of more than 1,300 physicians nationwide!
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Independent impact of gout on the risk of diabetes mellitus among women and men: A population-based, BMI-matched cohort study
Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Evidence on the potential independent impact of gout on the risk of diabetes is limited to a single study of men with a high cardiovascular risk profile. Our objective was to examine this relation in the general population, particularly among women. This study conducted a sex-stratified matched cohort study using data from The Health Improvement Network (THIN), an electronic medical records database representative of the U.K. general population.
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