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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

Meet Dr. John F. Grady - today at 9 p.m. EST
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John F. Grady, DPM, FACFAOM, 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. Grady was the recipient of the APMA 2010 Award of Excellence, the 2008 Midwest Distinguished Faculty Award, and the 2000 Alumnus of the Year Award from Rosalind Franklin University. He has been directing the foot and ankle surgical residency in the VA Chicago Healthcare System for 24 years. He is active on committees of ABPOPPM and is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons. His certification in both podiatric orthopedics & medicine and surgery provides a balanced view of treating patients with lower extremity conditions. 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

Do you inject the plantar fascia on the first visit for plantar heel pain?
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Dr. Doug Richie of Podiatry Today writes, "Over the past 12 months, I have treated three patients who presented with an acute rupture of the plantar fascia. Two of these patients were serious long-distance runners who experienced a crippling 'pop' on the bottom of the foot during a run. The other patient tore his fascia pushing an automobile down the street. All three patients had experienced chronic heel pain for several months prior to their acute injury and none of them had ever received a corticosteroid injection." More

New study illustrates health care cost variances
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A new report on health care costs in Tennessee shows that routine health services are much cheaper via retail clinics and that patients 40 to 60 years old will pay 26 percent more per doctor's visit than 18- to 39-year-old patients, according to Nashville Business Journal. The study, conducted by Franklin, Tenn.-based Change:healthcare, a company that helps employers and their employees find the best prices on health care services in their area, also found that psychotherapy has the greatest variance of cost while podiatry has the least. More

New model shows importance of feet, toes in body balance
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Researchers are using a new model to learn more about how toe strength can determine how far people can lean while keeping their balance. The results could help in building robotic body parts that will closely imitate human movement, and might lead to a new generation of advanced prosthetics. 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

US appeals court sets June hearing on challenge to health care law
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The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta is scheduled to hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of the nation's sweeping health care reform law on June 8, according to an order issued recently by the appellate court. The order grants the Obama administration's motion for an early hearing, which could enable the Supreme Court to get the case as soon as late this year or early in 2012. Two other federal appeals courts are considering separate but similar legal challenges to the legislation passed in 2009. More

Current insights on first MPJ implants
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Over the past decade, there have been steady improvements for first metatarsophalangeal joint pathologies. These include first MPJ hemi-implants, resurfacing of the first MPJ and two- or three-component implants. With the growing number of companies entering the foot and ankle market, it can be overwhelming to keep up with such data and material. Accordingly, let us take a closer look at the literature on these implants. More

Effect of foot function on landing mechanics
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Malalignment or dysfunction of the foot can increase the risk of landing-related trauma such as anterior cruciate ligament injury, particularly in female athletes. But foot orthoses and bracing can help alter landing mechanics in ways that may decrease that injury risk. More

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