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Genetics: The future of injury prevention
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Evidence is linking genetic mutations to Achilles tendon and anterior cruciate ligament injuries as researchers try to connect complex motor control processes to small segments of DNA. But genetic testing is still a long way from becoming a clinical tool. More

Meet Oliver Foster, DPM - today at 9 p.m. ET
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Dr. Oliver Foster 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. Foster has held nearly every leadership position in CPMA, from president of the Los Angeles County Podiatric Medical Society to director on the CPMA Board, where through hard work and diligence he advanced through the chairs to become president of CPM from 1977-78. 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

Physician-owned practices crack down on costs
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Physician-owned practices are keeping a tight rein on costs, with the amount of money spent per doctor in operating expenses going up only 1.3 percent from 2010 to 2011, according to data released Dec. 12, 2012, by MGMA-ACMPE. More

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Treating a dancer with posterior 'impingement' pain
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A professional dancer presented with pain in the right plantar heel that she had for two weeks and right posterior heel pain deep in the Achilles tendon area that she had experienced for approximately four weeks. More

Health insurers raising some rates by double digits
The New York Times via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Health insurance companies across the country are seeking and winning double-digit increases in premiums for some customers, even though one of the biggest objectives of the Obama administration's healthcare law was to stem the rapid rise in insurance costs for consumers. Particularly vulnerable to the high rates are small businesses and people who do not have employer-provided insurance and must buy it on their own. More

Effect of deformities below the ankle on TKA
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Deformities of concern in the coronal plane include those in which the hindfoot is in valgus or varus. These deformities include the pes planus (ie, flat foot) and cavovarus foot. Prior to TKA, decisions should be made on whether to proceed with correction of the hindfoot deformity or the knee or to use bracing pre- and postoperatively. More
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Current concepts in addressing plantar heel pain
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Dr. William Fishco writes, "In my blog last month, I reviewed the common disorders of the posterior heel and Achilles tendon. Since we are in the neighborhood, so to speak, l will give you my cheat sheet for addressing pain syndromes of the plantar heel." More

Poll: Few Americans know all the risks of obesity
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Heart disease and diabetes get all the attention, but what about the many other ways obesity can damage your health? Carrying too many pounds may lead to or worsen some types of cancer, arthritis, sleep apnea, even infertility. But a new poll suggests few Americans realize the links. More

Medicare pay reprieve in place; next threat is 2 percent cut in March
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After another year-end nail-biter on Capitol Hill in which lawmakers made preventing a massive Medicare physician pay cut their last action before adjourning, organized medicine called on Congress to chart a more rational course on the issue in 2013. More

The importance of engaging your medical practice staff
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If you take a job at Hollingshead Eye Center in Boise, Idaho, don't expect any pats on the back from coworkers on your birthday. In fact, you should not expect to see them at all. The three-provider ophthalmology practice gives each of its 40 staff members the day off when their birthday falls during the workweek - just to say thanks. "Holidays can be really hard, because it's a loss for the company when everyone needs the day off, but birthdays are easy to celebrate," says financial and operations officer Louis Pennow. "It doesn't cost us a thing and we can easily find someone to fill in for a day." More

Evaluation of combined prescription of rocker sole shoes and custom-made foot orthoses for the treatment of plantar fasciitis
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It is a routine practice to prescribe a combination of rocker shoes and custom-made foot orthoses for patients with plantar fasciitis. Recently, there has been a debate on this practice, and studies have shown that the individual prescription of rocker shoes or custom-made foot orthoses is effective in treating plantar fasciitis. The aim of this study was to evaluate and compare the immediate therapeutic effects of individually prescribed rocker sole shoes and custom-made foot orthoses, and a combined prescription of them on plantar fasciitis. More

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