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ACFAOM's Live Learning Center has been developed to bring current education on all aspects of ACFAOM's mission to its members, and also to DPMs who look to ACFAOM as the one professional society in podiatric medicine that represents what most practicing podiatrists do on a day-to-day basis. This will be an ongoing project and will grow over time as more educational materials are embedded in the center. The emphasis will be on biomechanics and medicine, the cornerstone of contemporary podiatric practice. Read More.
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A recent study in Diabetes Care finds that peak plantar shear is significantly higher in patients with a history of diabetic foot ulcers, and that shear is a risk factor for ulcers.
Researchers quantified peak plantar shear in nine patients with diabetic foot ulcers and 16 patients with diabetic neuropathy without previous ulcers as the patients walked barefoot over the Cleveland Clinic shear plate. While peak pressure was not significantly different between the two groups, the study notes peak plantar shear was significantly higher in patients with diabetic foot ulcers.
Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
The accurate and reliable measurement of foot bone density is challenging and there is currently no gold standard technique. Such measurement is particularly valuable in populations at risk of foot bone pathology such as in those with long term diabetes. With research and development, computed tomography may prove to be a useful tool for this assessment. The aim of this study was to establish the reliability of a novel method of foot bone density measurement in people with diabetes using computed tomography.
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Nitinol dynamic compression staples may provide unique benefits in a wide variety of foot surgeries. Accordingly, this author shares his experience with staple fixation in recent cases involving an active duty military population.
The use of nitinol dynamic compression staples can provide unique benefits in a wide variety of foot surgeries. In my experience, these staples have facilitated a fast return to function without need for hardware removal for five Lapidus arthrodeses, two hallux interphalangeal joint fusions, 17 Austin bunionectomies, four Akin osteotomies, three calcaneal slide osteotomies, one Cotton osteotomy and two first metatarsophalangeal joint fusions.
Electronic health records have the ability to transform the current healthcare system into a place of efficiently executed, high-quality, and patient-centered medicine, but only if physicians know how to use these systems to their maximum potential.
Under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009, eligible physicians received thousands of dollars in financial incentives to purchase and implement EHR in their practices via the "Meaningful Use" program.
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Foot & Ankle International
A long second metatarsal was a risk factor for developing second metatarsophalangeal joint plantar plate tears. This knowledge may aid foot and ankle surgeons when contemplating the need for second metatarsal shortening osteotomies (eg, Weil osteotomy) during plantar plate surgery and when deciding on the amount of shortening for second metatarsal osteotomies.
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