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The brain: A new frontier in ankle instability research
Lower Extremity Review
Transcranial magnetic stimulation research suggests cortical excitability may be able to help differentiate healthy, previously injured, and functionally unstable ankle joints, and underscores the need to clinically target both mechanical and proprioceptive deficits in patients with FAI.
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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ACFAOM invites you to submit an abstract of unpublished original work for poster presentation on Friday, June 6 at the 2014 ACFAOM Annual Clinical Conference, in Alexandria, Va., (just outside DC).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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Meet Robert Parker, DPM - today at 9 p.m. ET
Dr. Robert Parker 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. Parker is a founding member and immediate past president of the Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons. An expert in peripheral nerve surgery, he trained in Microsurgery at the Mayo Clinic and is a co-founder of the Harris County Podiatric Residency Program. 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 closer look at gait analysis in patients with diabetes
Podiatry Today
Observing the gait of patients with diabetes can reveal valuable information that can help avert complications. This author discusses gait abnormalities in patients with diabetes, reviews the influence of ground reactive forces and provides a practical guide to analyzing gait in this patient population.
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Nerve-decompression impact unclear in diabetic neuropathy
Decompression of the tibial nerve did not reduce its mean cross-sectional area (CSA) in patients with painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy, a new prospective randomized trial finds. The study, which also documented via ultrasound that the tibial-nerve CSA was significantly larger among 42 patients with painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy compared with 38 healthy controls, was published in the March issue of Diabetes Care by Joanne F. M. van Maurik, M.D., from the department of plastic surgery, University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands, and colleagues.
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3 tips for finding feel-great running shoes
Health Magazine
Shopping for new running shoes this spring? With conflicting studies about which type (motion control, minimalist) helps reduce injury, it’s hard to figure out the best pair to pick. What we do know is that ill-fitting sneakers can contribute to a number of foot ailments, including plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis, says Paul Langer, DPM, author of Great Feet for Life.
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Rating sites becoming an important tool for patients
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
Despite physicians' dislike of online rating sites, a survey finds patients are increasingly relying on them when shopping for a new doctor. A survey conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School found that when choosing a doctor, physician rating sites weren't ranked as high as other factors such as word of mouth from family and friends or whether a physician accepts the patient's insurance. But there is evidence the rating sites have become an important tool. And use of them is likely to continue growing.
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A longitudinal investigation into the functional and physical durability of insoles used for the preventive management of neuropathic diabetic feet
Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
Insoles are commonly used to assist in the prevention of diabetic neuropathic foot ulceration. Insole replacement is often triggered only when foot lesions deteriorate, an indicator that functional performance is comprised and patients are exposed to unnecessary ulcer risk. We investigated the durability of insoles used for ulcer prevention in neuropathic diabetic feet over 12 months.
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Results of randomized study support early weight-bearing after operative fixation of unstable ankle fractures
Orthopedics Today
Data that were presented by investigators from Toronto, here, at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, disputed the conventional notion that weight-bearing following fixation of unstable ankle fractures should be delayed. “Early weight-bearing has the potential to decrease the time to return to work,” Niloofar Dehghan, M.D., FRCS, said.
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Stem cells inside sutures could improve healing in Achilles tendon injuries
SAGE Publications via EurekAlert
Researchers have found that sutures embedded with stem cells led to quicker and stronger healing of Achilles tendon tears than traditional sutures, according to a new study published in the March 2014 issue of Foot & Ankle International. Achilles tendon injuries are common for professional, collegiate and recreational athletes. These injuries are often treated surgically to reattach or repair the tendon if it has been torn. Patients have to keep their legs immobilized for a while after surgery before beginning their rehabilitation. Athletes may return to their activities sooner, but risk rerupturing the tendon if it has not healed completely.
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Foot type biomechanics part 1: Structure and function of the asymptomatic foot
Gait & Posture via PubMed
Differences in foot structure are thought to be associated with differences in foot function during movement. Many foot pathologies are of a biomechanical nature and often associated with foot type. Fundamental to the understanding of foot pathomechanics is the question: do different foot types have distinctly different structure and function?
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