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Save the dates for ACFAOM's 2011 Annual Clinical Conference, Oct. 27-30, in Orlando, Fla.
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ACFAOM's Annual Clinical Conference, designed by doctors for doctors, will be held at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, on the campus of Disney World, Oct. 27-30. This year's conference features the typical ACFAOM hallmarks: 21 CME credits and a cutting-edge clinically relevant and comprehensive program offering a full spectrum of sessions fundamental to the office-based practice of podiatric medicine, including medicine, applied biomechanics, chronic wound management, and dermatology/pathology. Also on the program, special focus sessions on diagnostic ultrasound, electronic medical records, HIPAA compliance and billing & coding. Lectures and 'hands-on' workshops. You can enjoy all of this in a relaxed, intimate and pleasant setting and enjoy the best that Disney World has to offer for Halloween. To view the preliminary scientific program and faculty, click here! More

Limb salvage and the Charcot foot: What the evidence shows
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Patients with diabetes can have an extensive medical and hospitalization history. This is especially the case for patients who have poor glycemic control, peripheral neuropathy and/or Charcot neuroarthopathy. It is estimated that an ulceration precedes about 84 percent of lower extremity amputations performed on patients with diabetes. More

Meet Dr. Alan Catanzariti - today at 9 p.m. EST
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Alan Catanzariti, DPM, will be the guest on today's Meet the Masters audio-conference (at 9 p.m. EST) with host, and former ACFAOM president, Dr. Bret Ribotsky. Dr. Alan Catanzariti maintains a private practice dedicated to reconstructive foot and ankle surgery and diabetic wound management. He currently serves as Director of Podiatric Residency Training at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital, where he was instrumental also in developing a one-year limb salvage fellowship. Dr. Catanzariti is a faculty member for several scientific conferences around the country. His clinical philosophy emphasizes non-operative and conservative care. 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

Heel pain is one of the most common complaints in a podiatry practice
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VideoBriefHeel pain is one of the most common complaints in a podiatry practice. Dr. Scott Werter of Coastal Podiatry in South Carolina says approximately 3 million people seek treatment for heel pain. There are multiple causes. The most common being plantar fasciitis (or heel spur syndrome, though the condition does present with and without a heel spur). More

Unclear whether diabetes impacts outcomes after ankle arthrodesis
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Investigators of this study could not determine if patients with diabetes who underwent retrograde ankle arthrodesis using intramedullary nails had significantly lower clinical outcomes compared with patients without diabetes. "A study of 100 patients in each group would be necessary to achieve adequate power to conclusively state that diabetes mellitus had no impact on the final outcome," the authors wrote. More

Mortality data favor transmetatarsal amputation in patients with diabetes
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Transmetatarsal amputations offer lower mortality rates and time to failure than other distal alternatives to transtibial amputation in patients with diabetes, according to research from the University of Rochester in New York. Investigators retrospectively reviewed records of 83 patients who had undergone a below-knee or partial foot amputation secondary to osteomyelitis or a non-healing diabetic ulcer, and mortality rates were calculated based on survival analysis. More

Preferred plantar fasciitis treatment changes with duration of symptoms
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Foot and ankle surgeons favor stretching for a patient with four months of plantar fasciitis symptoms but turn to less conservative treatments if the pain continues for four months, according to survey results presented in February at the AAOS meeting. Researchers from Bowling Green University surveyed 83 foot and ankle surgeons about their preferred response to a hypothetical case of plantar fasciitis. Presented with four months of symptoms, respondents were asked to pick one of six non-operative treatments; 43 percent picked plantar fascia-specific stretching, followed by physical therapy (24 percent) and night splinting (21 percent). More

Consumer Reports: Are shoe insoles worth the money?
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As heels get higher and higher, shoe shoppers are left deciding between 4 inches or 5 inches for their next pair. But is there room for comfort in the world of sky-high stilettos? Not if shoppers are looking to shoe insoles to relieve their aching feet. Recent tests by ShopSmart, the shopping magazine published by Consumer Reports, reveal that shoe insoles may not be worth the money. More

Put those shoes on: Running won't kill your knees
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Yes, it's true: Jogging, long thought to hurt knees with all that pounding and rattling around, may actually be beneficial for the complex and critical joint. There are caveats, though, especially for people who have suffered significant knee injury or are overweight. But for the most part, researchers say, jogging for your health seems like a good idea. More

Morton's neuroma
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Morton's neuroma, also called metatarsalgia, is a painful swelling of one of the nerves leading to the toes, causing pain in the ball of the foot. It most commonly occurs between the third and fourth toes. Morton's neuroma may cause the feeling of a pebble in your shoe. Other symptoms may be a sharp, burning pain in the ball of the foot and tingling, numbness, stinging or burning in the toes. More

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