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'Advanced Biomechanics for the 21st Century Podiatrist' - at ACFAOM 2011, Oct. 27-30, Disney World
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Within the past two decades, the field of podiatric biomechanics has evolved greatly with new theories, new foot orthosis techniques, new casting methods, and new orthosis manufacturing procedures. This 3-hour lecture session and associated 3-hour hands-on workshop will help you improve your day-to-day podiatric practice with new and important clinical biomechanics and sport medicine knowledge and skills. Faculty will be Drs. Kevin Kirby, Simon Spooner (U.K.), and Bruce Williams. ACFAOM's 2011 Annual Clinical Conference, Total Immersion, will be held Oct. 27-30 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, Disney World. 21 CMEs. For more details click here! 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

Emphasizing proactive gait assessment in patients with diabetes
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When it comes to diagnosing and treating lower extremity issues in patients with diabetes, a thorough biomechanical evaluation is at the top of the list. More often than not, a current ulcer began as a superficial hyperkeratosis, which unfortunately developed in a patient whose ability to perceive the pain normally associated with such a lesion in a timely manner was compromised due to neuropathy. Progression of the disease not only destroys the protective response but ultimately has an adverse impact on the deep proprioceptors that surround the joints, which may lead to the development of a Charcot deformity. More

Meet Dr. Vickie Driver - today at 9 p.m. EST
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Vickie R. Driver, MS, 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. Driver is Director of Clinical Research Limb Preservation and Wound Healing and is an associate professor of surgery at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Driver has a had distinguished career in the field of podiatric medicine and surgery, with a special emphasis on limb preservation and wound care. She is nationally and internationally regarded as a premiere clinician, surgeon, researcher and educator. 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

Facts about toning shoes
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Toning shoes, as the name suggests, are supposed to help you tone up. But is this really true? Can these magical toning shoes actually burn more calories, help with fat loss, and increase muscle tone? Will they work well for cottage cheese thighs, flabby behinds or arthritic joint pain? Toning shoes first entered the market as 'speciality shoes' and were recommended only for people who suffered from ankle issues or diabetes. Lately, with more shoe companies releasing miracle-working shoes, they are marketed as 'toning shoes'. More

Study suggests basing SE4 ankle fracture treatment on size of medial clear space
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When clinicians wrestle with the question of whether to cast or perform surgery for stress positive supination-external rotation type 4 ankle fractures, their decision-making may be easier if they focus on the amount of medial clear space and location of the fracture, a study presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons revealed. More

Effective method to prevent diabetic foot ulcers lacking
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Most of the interventions used to prevent diabetic foot ulcers in insensate feet do not show any evidence of benefit, according to a review published in the April issue of Diabetes Care. Yadon Arad, M.D., from Tiara Pharmaceuticals in Los Altos, Calif., and colleagues identified 13 studies published between 1960 and 2010 that described or reviewed methods to prevent occurrence of diabetic foot ulcers. The benefit of various primary and secondary interventions for the prevention of future diabetic foot ulcers was evaluated. More

Is conservative care mandatory prior to bunion surgery?
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A recent Cochrane Review concluded there is no evidence that non-operative management of bunion deformity, including the use of orthotics, is in any way superior to no treatment at all. In fact, the studies reviewed by the Cochrane database suggested that one year following initial evaluation for a bunion deformity, more people are pleased with the results of surgery than with orthotic or other non-operative management. More

The art of barefoot running
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From the moment we learned how to walk, we were told to protect our feet. We lace up every time we go out for work or for play and put on fashion flip flops while moving around the house. Logically speaking, this is not such a bad practice since it keeps our feet clean and safe from any untoward incident that may occur. However, the practice of choosing the proper footwear has gone under the microscope recently due to the rising number of people who turn to running to keep fit. More

Comparison of ankle and subtalar joint complex range of motion during barefoot walking and walking in Masai Barefoot Technology sandals
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With the growth in the health and fitness industry, sports footwear has shown technological advances and diversification. The introduction of footwear such as the MBT shoe is an example of this diversification. MBT have based their shoe design on observations of the Masai, a semi-nomadic tribe from Africa who are well known for their posture and for walking long distances on uneven terrain. The MBT shoe construction is based on a mid-sole pivot with a rounded sole in the anterior-posterior direction, and a soft heel pad. It is claimed that the effect of the angled soft sole not only creates anterior/posterior facilitation of movement, by purposefully creating medial and lateral instability in the shoe. More

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