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ACFAOM Member Dr. Robert Spalding to make appearance on Anderson Cooper Live this Friday, Feb. 1
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Be sure to tune in this Friday as Robert Spalding, DPM, an ACFAOM Member and author of Death by Pedicure, is interviewed by Anderson Cooper on his daytime talk show Anderson Cooper Live. Dr. Spalding will be discussing the dangers of nail salons and outlining important ways clients can protect themselves from hidden health risks.

Dr. Spalding is a practicing podiatrist in Chattanooga, Tenn., and is founder of the Area Podiatry Centers and has spent 10 years lecturing on the problems in the nail salon industry. He is also the co-founder of the Medinail Learning Center and has been working closely with ACFAOM to establish an online Clinical Podiatric Medical Assistant Certification Program due to be launched in February.

Anderson Cooper Live airs on different channels at various times, depending on your location. Click here and enter your zip code find your local listing for Friday, Feb. 1. Click here for more information about ACFAOM.

Meet James McGuire, DPM - today at 9 p.m. ET
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Dr. James McGuire 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. McGuire is the director of the Leonard S. Abrams Center for Advanced Wound Healing and an associate professor of the Department of Podiatric Medicine and Orthopedics at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia. He has lectured both nationally and internationally in the areas of wound healing, diabetic foot management, off-loading, and biomechanics of the at-risk foot. 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

Ankle arthritis: To fuse or not to fuse?
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Given that our current political leaders cannot seem to agree on much, let us look at what has divided podiatry into two parties: the "Fusion" party and the "Replacement" party. Today, a debate exists whether to fuse or replace an ankle joint. Both procedures are indicated for arthritis that occurs from normal joint degeneration, a traumatic event or inflammatory arthritis. More

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Few Americans know obesity risks, poll finds
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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

Proposed meaningful use stage 3 criticized as hasty and too strict
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Criteria floated for the final stage of the federal electronic health record incentive program would be extremely difficult for physicians to meet, causing those using the systems at their practices to fall short of requirements and exposing them to lower Medicare payments, organized medicine groups say. More

Scaffolding-based treatments for ankle lesions are promising, but more research is needed
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An increasing number of studies in the literature on using scaffolding as a treatment for cartilage repair are indicative of this technique's potential as a therapeutic option for treating osteochondral lesions of the talus. However, more research is needed, according to this study. More
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Study: People with diabetes need to wear protective shoes indoors too
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Diabetic patients too often walk without wearing their custom-made shoes designed to prevent foot sores that can lead to infections and amputations, new research finds. More

Study: Botulinum toxin A decreases plantar fasciitis pain more than steroids
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Researchers from Mexico have found that injections of botulinum toxin A applied intramuscularly were more effective than steroids in the treatment of plantar fasciitis, according to this study. "We found that a combination of BTX-A [botulinum toxin A] applications into the gastroc-soleus complex and plantar fascia stretching exercises yielded better results for the treatment of plantar fasciitis than intralesional steroids," Carlos Acosta-Olivo, M.D., Ph.D., from the Autonomous University in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, stated in a press release. More

Young people also weigh surgery to relieve ugly, painful bunions
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Grandma isn't the only one with bunions. Just 26 years old, Kacey Barker, of Haverhill, Mass., found herself with a painful joint jutting out from the base of her left big toe. "Mine got progressively worse over the years," she says. "With all the sports and wear and tear…anything and everything was bothering it." More

New Medicare AFO requirements: Making the best out of a bad ruling
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Doug Richie Jr. DPM, FACFAOM, FACFAS writes, "Medicare has mandated new height requirements for ankle-foot orthoses in a policy statement issued in July 2012. All practitioners must now dispense ankle-foot orthoses that reach a height within 4 cm of the head of the fibula. As a clinician who uses AFO devices regularly, I find this mandate challenging. As an owner of an AFO company, I view this challenge as a bewildering nightmare." More

A pilot study to assess the effectiveness of orthotic insoles on the reduction of plantar soft tissue strain
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Plantar ulcers pose a frequent serious complication in the neuropathic foot. Previous studies suggested that ulcer initiation occurs within the plantar soft tissue rather than on the plantar surface. This study investigated the effectiveness of different shaped silicone insoles on the reduction of both plantar soft tissue strain and pressure. The authors have found no previous experimental studies on the effectiveness of insole shape on reducing plantar soft tissue strain during standing. More

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