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ACFAOM's Certified Clinical Podiatric Medical Assistant (CCPMA) Course
Partnering with Medinail Learning Center, ACFAOM now offers podiatric medical assistants the opportunity to learn important clinical background information about working with patients’ feet, and bringing them to a higher level of clinical expertise so they can provide more clinical support to the doctor, such as nail debridement and routine foot care. The CCPMA provides proof, through the certification process, that the assistant has passed a course containing the professional information needed to work in a clinical assisting role in a podiatry office. This course consists of ten online learning modules with two online exams. After passing the exams, an internship in a licensed podiatrist's office is required and usually provided by the student’s employer podiatrist. On receiving verification that the student has had instruction on particular skills and finished the internship program, a certificate is awarded.

Click here to learn more about the course and to have your Assistant register online for $599. A $100 fee discount is available for Assistants taking this course if they are sponsored by an ACFAOM member.
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Meet Lowell Weil, Jr., DPM, MBA and Terry Philbin, DO - today at 9 p.m. ET
Drs. Lowell Weil, Jr., and Terry Philbin will be the guests on today's Meet the Masters audio-conference (at 9 p.m. ET) with host and former ACFAOM president, Dr. Bret Ribotsky. Large groups of foot and ankle providers are facing unique challenges and these successful practitioners will reveal their secrets for incredible practice growth. 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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Comfort shoes aren't necessarily good for you
The Washington Post
Buying shoes from a store specializing in comfort shoes doesn’t guarantee that they will be comfortable or good for you. What makes a shoe a “comfort shoe”? Generally speaking, it means cushioning under the foot and supportive features such as arch support. Birkenstock sandals, another comfort line, have a molded foot bed with an indented heel cup and a bump under the forefoot — the metatarsal pad, which deflects pressure away from the ball of the foot. “They’re a really comfortable choice for many people,” says Erika Schwartz, a podiatrist with DC Foot and Ankle.
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'Alarming' physician shortages lie ahead
HealthLeaders Media
While the reasons for the projected doctor shortage are clear - population health issues, shrinking physician reimbursements, workforce issues, and residency training insufficiencies - the path toward a solution is not. Perhaps you've seen reports saying that physician shortages may not be as bad as once feared. Maybe you believe that a greater push toward using mid-level providers is reason for hope among healthcare execs. It's no surprise that scope of practice laws are being challenged in several states.
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New obesity treatment guideline released
The Boston Globe
A new guideline for obesity treatment, released by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology, provides a solid road map for doctors challenged with helping overweight patients achieve a healthier weight. Insurance coverage for weight-related counseling, such as helping patients plan new menus with fewer calories or outline a realistic fitness program, could improve under this new recommendation. More importantly, the panel of physicians and weight researchers outlined which interventions are the most effective based on clinical trials.
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New treatment may help patients with nerve damage in feet
There is hope for people who have nerve pain or no feeling in their feet. A Pennsylvania podiatrist is using a new treatment to help patients with nerve damage. Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy is damage to the nerves in the feet and legs and according to Dr. Eric Ricefield President of Your Next Step in Ardmore, Pa., it can leave patients unable to feel temperature or pain.
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Obesity linked to mobility problems in older women
NBC News
Maintaining a healthy weight after menopause may improve women's chances of living into their mid-80s while keeping their health and mobility, a new study shows. Women tend to put on weight after menopause. But not much was known about how extra pounds affect their ability to get around in old age.
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New therapy developed for non-healing wounds
U-T San Diego
Vaporous Hyperoxia Therapy (VHT) is a new mobile wound treatment therapy developed after seven years of research to heal all types of wounds including diabetic foot sores, burns, punctures and infected war wounds of veterans. Adrian Pelkus is the San Diego inventor and founder of the newly patented two-step process which delivers moisturizing vapor and oxygen directly to the wound. The vapor can also deliver an anti-microbial medication to the affected area. This O2Misly VHT heals by opening up micro capillaries to encourage blood flow and blood vessel growth.
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Poor balance a predictor of ankle sprains
Runner's World
Good balance can help exercisers avoid ankle sprains, according to a study in the Scandanavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports. Researchers evaluated the balance of 125 university students who exercised at least twice a month and had not suffered an ankle sprain in the past month. They then followed the students for a year, comparing the initial balance scores of the students who sprained their ankle with those who did not.
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Technology and medicine: Applying Google Glass in the medical field
By Rosemary Sparacio
Every day, new strides in technology make headlines in all kinds of areas. Nowhere is it is more prevalent or exciting than in the medical field. And one of the most talked about new tech "gadgets" to come onto the scene and into the consciousness of just about everyone who follows the news is Google Glass. Proponents see the potential for the device's use over a wide range of medical applications, from cutting down the time a physician has to do paperwork — thus giving the physician more time to focus on the patient's problem — to assisting in surgery.
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