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Not board certified? You still may be eligible to join the specialty College that represents the scope of practice of most DPMs
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While most members of the American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine (ACFAOM) are Fellows, as they are board certified by ABPOPPM, and use the designation 'FACFAOM' after their DPM on business cards and promotional material, podiatric physicians who have an interest in expanding their education in orthopedics and medicine but are not board certified also are welcome to join ACFAOM as a Member. Being a Member of the College is for doctors who did not complete a two-year non-surgical residency or who never became board certified due to the lack of appropriate residency training. If you would like to learn more about becoming a Member of ACFAOM, and the benefits of membership in the College, click here. More

Graftjacket® regenerative tissue matrix

Graftjacket® regenerative tissue matrix is a thin, fenestrated, human acellular dermal matrix that supports host tissue regeneration. For superficial and deep wounds such as DFUs.

Can compact lasers have an impact for onychomycosis?
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Onychomycosis has been a historic problem because fungi are hardy and robust organisms with spores and hyphae that can survive under conditions and at temperatures more extreme than most human cells can tolerate. Many species are anaerobic or require little oxygen, and most flourish under the conditions of warm temperature and high moisture. Regions beneath the nail plate and within the nail bed and matrix form a nearly ideal environment, providing fungal colonies the ideal environment for growth. More

Meet Dr. Elliot Udell - today at 9 p.m. ET
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Elliot Udell, 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. Udell is a frequent contributor to PM News, and is the president of the American Society of Podiatric Medicine, and a board member of the American Society of Podiatric Dermatology. He is a NYCPM graduate and completed a residency at the Maimonides Medical Center. Prior to his career in podiatric medicine, Dr. Udell graduated from rabbinical school and now is a board member of the Association of Orthodox Jewish Scientists. 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

Prefabricated foot orthoses improve some balance measures but not all
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A study from Northern Illinois University (NIU) mirrors the conflicting evidence regarding foot orthoses and balance, finding that prefabricated orthoses significantly improved some but not all postural control measures in healthy volunteers. Hamid Bateni, Ph.D., an assistant professor of physical therapy at NIU, and colleagues analyzed postural control variables in 12 healthy young adults as they stood as quietly as possible on a force platform with and without prefabricated foot orthoses. More

Treating flexor hallucis longus tendon dysfunction in dancers
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Professional dancers place a large amount of stress on their bodies, especially their lower extremities. In particular, ballet dancers are prone to developing foot and ankle problems. Dancing en pointe or demi-pointe is a particular technique that many female ballet dancers perform and it can cause foot and ankle injuries. The ability to dance en pointe requires the dancer to undergo many years of training to build up her physical strength, balance and coordination. The technique involves excessive plantarflexion of the ankle and often puts the flexor hallucis longus under a lot of strain, leading to tenosynovitis of the FHL tendon. More

Largest study on diabetes and foot ulcers
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What's crucial for a diabetic's foot sore to heal is that the ulcer is superficial, blood circulation is normal, and the person has had diabetes for short time. This is shown in the world's largest diabetes study regarding foot ulcers, which has been carried out by the researcher Magdalena Annersten Gerhater at Malmö University in Sweden. More

Off-the-shelf orthotics offer relief of running injuries
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It's one of those debates that pits clinicians in the trenches against scientists in the lab: Can sticking a specially shaped insert into your running shoe really cure injuries? "Clinically, we know that it works, we know that it relieves pain," says Reed Ferber, a University of Calgary kinesiology research and director of the university's Running Injury Clinic. "But the question is: How?" More

Improving superficial thrombophlebitis care
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Superficial thrombophlebitis is a common and controversial condition largely overshadowed by its big brother, deep vein thrombosis. Frequent reports of concomitant STP and DVT, with or without pulmonary embolus, align the two pathophysiologies closely. Superficial thrombophlebitis is associated with an array of presentations. Despite the knowledge that has emerged over the past 20 years, a gap in venous education in the U.S., based on established and inaccurate dogma associated with STP, leads many unknowing providers to prescribe a recipe for thrombus extension, the growth of thrombus burden. Thrombus extension can lead to complications of DVT, pulmonary embolus, or both. More

Efficacy and safety of antioxidant treatment with α-lipoic acid over 4 years in diabetic polyneuropathy
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In a multicenter randomized double-blind parallel-group trial, 460 diabetic patients with mild-to-moderate DSPN were randomly assigned to oral treatment with 600 mg ALA once daily (n = 233) or placebo (n = 227) for 4 years. Primary end point was a composite score (Neuropathy Impairment Score [NIS]–Lower Limbs [NIS-LL] and seven neurophysiologic tests). Secondary outcome measures included NIS, NIS-LL, nerve conduction, and quantitative sensory tests (QSTs). More
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