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Looking to present your original research at a national conference?
ACFAOM invites you to submit an abstract of unpublished original work for poster presentation on Friday, June 6 at the 2014 ACFAOM Annual Clinical Conference, in Alexandria, Va. (just outside DC). Accepted Abstracts will be published in a 2014 issue of The Foot. All podiatric research topics will be considered for presentation, including retrospective, prospective and meta-analyses. Students only may also submit case studies for consideration.

ACFAOM 2014 will be presented as five 4-hour interactive learning sessions using case studies (not the usual passive lecture-based education); Biomechanics, Wound Care, Medicine/Dermatology, Imaging, and the Business of Podiatric Medicine. Following the main conference, the popular ACFAOM 4-hour Billing & Coding Workshop by Michael Warshaw, DPM, FACFAOM, will be presented on Sunday morning as an option for a small fee, with the 300-page 2014 Podiatry Manual included.

Program details here. Registration here. Remember, for all paid-up ACFAOM members ACFAOM 2014 is absolutely FREE if you register by May 5. That's 20 CE credit hours plus a discount on your PICA premium - at no cost. One-day registration also available.
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David Freedman, DPM - today at 9 p.m. ET
Dr. David Freedman 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. Freedman is Vice President of Foot & Ankle of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC in Silver Spring, Maryland. He is a Past President of the Maryland Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners and is a member of the APMA Coding Committee. 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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Charcot-Marie-Tooth: AFO mechanics and gait patterns
Lower Extremity Review
Patients with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease showing the greatest increase in speed appear to respond to and utilize the energy storing and releasing properties of a carbon fiber composite ankle foot orthosis differently from those who had smaller increases in walking speed.
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Study: In-cast intermittent artero-venous foot pump improves outcomes
Orthopedics Today
In the preoperative management of closed ankle fractures, in-cast intermittent artero-venous foot pumps were associated with earlier surgery, earlier discharge and reduced complications, according to recently published data. Researchers managed a consecutive series of 64 closed ankle fractures using the artero-venous (AV) impulse system prior to surgery. Immediately prior to the implementation of the AV impulse device study, researchers compared patients to 73 consecutive closed ankle fractures managed surgically in the same unit. Outcomes included time to surgery, length of hospital stay and surgical site infections.
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Obama budget will seek record funding for new doctors
USA Today
President Obama will propose boosting the National Health Services Corps from 8,900 a year to 15,000 a year over the next five years, as well as spending $5.23 billion to train 13,000 primary care residents over the next 10 years, in his budget next week, administration officials told USA TODAY.
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A simple step to cut diabetes costs
The Wall Street Journal
Diabetes is the fastest-growing chronic disease in the U.S., but experts says there is a relatively simple and inexpensive way to reduce the soaring cost of treating it: Get patients to take better care of their feet. Almost 26 million Americans—just over 8 percent of the population—are identified as having diabetes, and roughly two million people are newly diagnosed each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than half of those patients are at risk for developing diabetic neuropathy, or nerve damage, which can cause a loss of feeling in legs and feet and in severe cases lead to lower-extremity amputations.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Nerve decompression debate continues in diabetic neuropathy (Medscape)
Efficacy of magnetic resonance imaging in diagnosing osteomyelitis in diabetic foot ulcers (Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association)
Facing the challenges that shoe gear creates (Podiatry Today)
Metatarsal protrusion influences risk of reulceration after surgical resection (Lower Extremity Review)

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Expert says save high heels for special occasions
Baylor College of Medicine
What do high heels and dessert have in common? You shouldn’t overindulge in either of them, according to an expert at Baylor College of Medicine. You should treat high heels like a dessert, saving them only for special occasions, says Dr. Jason Ahuero, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Baylor.
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Amniotic membrane: Can it have an impact for DFUs?
Podiatry Today
Diabetic foot ulcers continue to be a challenge for podiatrists and other healthcare providers. With the diagnosis of diabetes increasing in prevalence year after year, we continue to find ways to heal these wounds as quickly, efficiently and economically as possible.
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How to best leverage advisors for your practice: Part I
By David B. Mandell, JD, MBA
Savvy podiatry practice owners typically expand by adding employees, making additional investments and moving into ancillary activities on which they can bill. These additional steps to increase profitability also increase the complexity of their practices — and for the owners, their personal financial planning. This complexity necessitates a team of advisors for assistance. This article discusses why a successful podiatry practice needs a team of knowledgeable and diverse advisors.
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Patients' experience of therapeutic footwear whilst living at risk of neuropathic diabetic foot ulceration: An interpretative phenomenological analysis
Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
Previous work has found that people with diabetes do not wear their therapeutic footwear as directed, but the thinking behind this behavior is unclear. Adherence to therapeutic footwear advice must improve in order to reduce foot ulceration and amputation risk in people with diabetes and neuropathy. Therefore this study aimed to explore the psychological influences and personal experiences behind the daily footwear selection of individuals with diabetes and neuropathy.
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How effective is orthotic treatment in patients with recurrent diabetic foot ulcers?
Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
The study assessed the efficacy of customized foot orthotic therapy by comparing reulceration rates, minor amputation rates, and work and daily living activities before and after therapy. Peak plantar pressures and peak plantar impulses were compared with the patients not wearing and wearing their prescribed footwear.
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