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ACFAOM endorses the FootMate® System
Not often does a product come along that can benefit many people with a wide range of foot problems. It is for this reason that the American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine (ACFAOM) is pleased to endorse the FootMate® System made by Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc. This collaboration also allows ACFAOM to purchase the FootMate® System for re-sale to their patients at a special wholesale price. Stephen Albert, DPM, FACFAOM, President of ACFAOM, noted, "we have evaluated the FootMate® System and believe that it will provide significant benefits to people with foot and ankle issues, the elderly, or people with mobility problems. We also think that the FootMate® System can benefit people with tired and sore feet or for anyone wanting a way to clean and massage their feet."
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Meet Leon Kircik, MD and Anthony Polito, DPM - today at 9 p.m. ET
Drs. Leon Kircik and Anthony Polito 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. Dr. Leon Kircik is a Board Certified Dermatologist who currently teaches as Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Indiana University Medical Center as well as at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Anthony Polito has over 24 years of experience in Podiatric Medicine and earned his medical degree from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. Tonight will be a great opportunity to learn, ask questions, and develop your own algorithms from a leading researching dermatologist and practice management expert along with a leading podiatric surgeon. 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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A pilot study of a plantar sensory evaluation system for early screening of diabetic neuropathy in a weight-bearing position
IEEE Explore
The purpose of this study is to develop smart equipment to quantify plantar tactile sensibility for the early diagnosis and tracking of peripheral neuropathy caused by diabetes mellitus. In this paper, we offer a new testing system that is composed of a plantar tactile stimulation platform with a small moving contactor to stretch the skin tangentially, a response switch for each tactile stimulus, a motor control box, and a personal computer (PC) for psychophysical data processing.
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How a culture of forgiveness promotes staff retention
When it comes to employee retention, one concept that is frequently left out of the conversation is the idea of forgiveness. Yet forgiveness is a key ingredient of a healthy corporate culture, explained David K. Williams, chief executive officer of software company Fishbowl, in a recent post for Forbes.
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Night shift work may increase diabetes risk for black women
Medical News Today
Researchers suggest that black women who work night shifts are at a higher risk of developing diabetes compared with women who have never worked the night shift. A new study also reports that the risk increases as more years are spent working through the night.
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Recommendations for conservative treatment of second MPJ pathology
Podiatry Today
Pain in and around the second metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ) is a common complaint of patients presenting to podiatric physicians. While the actual pathology may be due to a variety of conditions such as capsulitis or collateral ligament attenuation, researchers have now recognized tearing of the plantar plate as a primary cause of pain and swelling of the second MPJ.
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Many gout patients undertreated
Renal & Urology News
Only a minority of gout patients receive recommended urate-lowering treatment, despite their eligibility for it, a new study finds. With undertreatment comes a potential for consequences from high uric acid levels.
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States forge ahead with telehealth coverage
Healthcare IT News
Licensed providers in one Mid-Atlantic state will now be able to reimburse for telemedicine services from private insurers, joining 21 other states that have made the move thus far. New York's Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law a telemedicine bill, which took effect Jan. 1, that requires private insurers to cover telemedicine services offered by certain providers. Among providers the law applies to are physicians, PAs, social workers, dentists and psychologists.
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Shocking wearable could quell your chronic pain
Cult of Mac
Not every wearable launched this year will get slapped on your wrist. Quell, a new electrical-stimulation device designed to help alleviate chronic pain, gets wrapped around the wearer’s calf. “I like to say it’s like a USB port into your central nervous system,” said Frank McGillin, SVP and general manger of Quell.
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Great toe necrosis predicts an unfavorable limb salvage prognosis
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery via PubMed
The initial location of necrosis may affect the limb salvage rate. This study of 130 patients with chronic toe ulcers or gangrene was performed to assess whether the location of initial necrosis in the toes affected limb salvage prognosis. The patients were divided into 2 groups according to whether the initial necrosis was in the great toe or in other toes.
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