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Abstract submissions deadline April 14!
ACFAOM invites you to submit an abstract of unpublished original work for poster presentation on Friday, June 6 at the 2014 ACFAOM Annual Clinical Conference, in Alexandria, Va.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 25 CE credit hours plus a discount on your PICA premium - at no cost. One-day registration also available.
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Meet Patrick Agnew, DPM - today at 9 p.m. ET
Dr. Patrick Agnew 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. Agnew has been board certified in foot and ankle surgery since 1990 and was trained in microvascular surgery at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. He is a member of several organizations and was president of the American College of Foot and Ankle Pediatrics and the Hampton Roads Podiatric Medical Society. 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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Ankle sprain prevention in basketball: Why some high schools are opting out
Lower Extremity Review
Despite published evidence that bracing and targeted exercises can prevent ankle injuries in high school basketball players, surprisingly few teams have adopted these practices. Barriers to implementation include a lack of awareness and expertise as well as time and money.
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Current and emerging agents for tinea pedis
Podiatry Today
One of the most common infections in the United States, tinea pedis is consistently the result of dermatophytes. These skin, hair and nail-preferring fungi consist of Trichophyton sp., Microsporum sp. and Epidermophyton sp., of which the top pedal pathogen is Trichophyton rubrum. Dermatophytes are highly contagious and may transfer via soil, animals, humans and fomites.
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Study: Women with diabetes battling leg pain may need more time to feel better
Women with diabetes may need patience to reduce leg pain according to a new study. The study shows that women with diabetes need to dedicate more time and effort to reduce the pain associated with peripheral artery disease, a circulatory problem that effects millions of Americans. Dr. Paul DiMuzio, Professor of Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, says that doesn’t mean women need to ramp up the exercise routine.
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Foot ulcer healing rate jumps 50 percent in first-of-its-kind trial
McKnight's Long-Term Care News & Assisted Living
A new drug nearly doubled the diabetic foot-ulcer healing rate in a recent clinical trial, which researchers are touting as a potential breakthrough in wound care. The trial involved nearly 200 patients at two medical centers in Italy, all of whom had Wagner grade 1 or 2 foot ulcers. One group received polydeoxyribonucleotide injections for eight weeks, and the other group received a placebo. Polydeoxyribonucleotide activates the adenosine A2A receptor, in a process that has been associated with quelling inflammation.
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High heels cause bunions, sciatica and hammertoes
The Orange County Register via Providence Journal
When women take off their shoes and complain that they’re killing their feet, they might be more correct than they know. Ask the foot and ankle doctors who are busier than ever, thanks to movies and TV shows like “Sex and the City” that have glamorized the wearing of so-called “killer heels” that defy the laws of physics. Frequent wearing of high heels can cause conditions like Achilles tendinitis, sending shooting pain from the heel up the back of the leg.
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Exchange enrollment exceeds expectations, but too early to determine impact
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
The Obama administration's last-ditch efforts to get people to sign up for insurance through the insurance exchanges paid off as the total enrollment numbers exceeded 7 million by the March 31 open enrollment deadline. The enrollment data surprised nearly everyone. Just weeks before the deadline, the Congressional Budget Office revised its estimate of new enrollees down to 6 million. But while proponents of the Affordable Care Act had reason to celebrate, there are still many unknowns that will determine the long-term success of the law.
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Is your pain caused by a heel spur?
If you have played sports for very long, you've likely experienced heel pain. At times, the pain can be quite debilitating, even causing you to miss practice or training time. Heel pain has multiple causes, but people tend to assume the cause is a heel spur, which is not always the case. Many athletes with heel pain don't have heel spurs, yet they experience the same symptoms.
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Study shows it's way too easy to get a prescription for narcotics
Business Insider
A new study published in the April 2014 issue of the journal Medical Care highlights a troubling reality of today's healthcare landscape: Too often, doctors prescribe potentially dangerous medications to patients who shouldn't be getting them, and what they prescribe is influenced by the pills patients ask for.
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