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Podiatric Dermatology: What Are We Missing? - at ACFAOM 2011, Oct. 27-30, Disney World
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This special 4-hour session will provide a review of various dermatological manifestations of both systemic disease and localized neoplastic conditions that often go undiagnosed in podiatric practices. You will receive direction regarding biopsy indications and appropriate biopsy techniques for characterizing dermatitides, dermatoses and cutaneous neoplastic processes. A discussion and demonstration will teach you the utility and significance of epidermal nerve fiber density analysis, and the subtle, but important, differences between this technique and a routine skin punch biopsy. Faculty will be Drs. Bradley Bakotic and Allen Jacobs. 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

Pair walking boot with athletic shoe to decrease contralateral pressures
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Pairing a walking boot with an athletic shoe effectively offsets the elevated contralateral peak plantar pressures that can result from the limb length discrepancy created by the boot, according to research from Midwestern University in Glendale, Ariz. The investigators analyzed calcaneal peak plantar pressures in 12 healthy subjects while wearing a high-calf walking boot with a rocker bottom sole on one foot. More

Rising obesity rates add to arthritis woes in US
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Rising rates of obesity among the 50 million Americans with arthritis are cause for concern because excess weight is associated with increased problems for arthritis patients, a new study says. In people with arthritis, obesity is associated with disease progression, reduced activity, disability, poorer quality of life, total joint replacement and poor outcomes after joint replacement. More

Meet Dr. Jerry Brant - today at 9 p.m. EDT
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Jerry Brant, DPM, will be the guest on today's Meet the Masters audio-conference (at 9 p.m. EDT) with host, and former ACFAOM president, Dr. Bret Ribotsky. Dr. Brant is President/CEO of the PICA Group, which he founded in 1980, and is a former president of APMA. PICA insures over 10,000 DPMs. Dr. Brant will bring his broad experience in the malpractice insurance to the session this evening, so bring your questions. 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

Key pearls for performing bunion surgery
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Bunions occur in 0.89 percent of the population and the incidence increases with age. About 6.5 percent of people 18 to 44 years old have bunions and this increases to 16.2 percent in the 45- to 64-year age group. For those over 65, the bunions can occur in over 22 percent of the population. Females have the condition at a ratio of approximately 3-to-1 over men, which most likely is due to footwear. More

Diabetes-related amputation rate falls
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The rate of foot and leg amputations among people with diabetes fell by as much as 36 percent in one four-year period, according to a study of patients at Veterans Affairs clinics. Taking patients' age and sex into account, amputations-major and minor-dropped from about seven per 1,000 patients in 2000 to between four and five per 1,000 by 2004. The latter figure is a reduction of around 36 percent, with the biggest decrease coming in above-the-knee amputations. More

Epidemiology and risk factors for ankle sprain
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Ankle sprain is one of the most common injuries, if not the most common, among athletic populations, and can result in significant rates of recurrence, time lost to injury, and further long term sequelae. The epidemiology of ankle sprain is complex, and attempts at clarification have yielded several potential modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors. Non-modifiable risk factors associated with ankle sprain include gender, age, height, and previous ankle sprain, whereas modifiable risk factors include weight, BMI, postural stability and exposure to sport. With a broader understanding of these contributing risk factors, practitioners may be able to intervene and educate athletes to mitigate risk of ankle sprain injury. More

What you should know about flex grooves and forefoot pain
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Horizontal grooves in the forefoot of running shoe midsoles are called flex grooves. As the name implies, flex grooves are designed to promote forefoot flexion across the metatarsophalangeal joints. More

Flip-flops aren't as carefree as they seem
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A few years ago, the 19-year-old broke a toe after his foot slammed into a rock while hiking in New Hampshire in his favorite summer footwear. A few weeks ago, the George Washington University freshman was nursing blisters, courtesy of a new pair of flip-flops. "It's looks over comfort," he said. "But I'm regretting it a little bit, I'm not going to lie." More

Dirty feet: Barefoot running gaining popularity
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Enter any running store and you'll see shoes lining every wall. Some promise better arch support, others promote various special features. However, in recent years, more runners are tossing traditional shoes altogether. When Christian Hunt, 22, an athletic training major from Orem, Utah, goes for a run, he doesn't reach for a pair of Nikes or Asics. Instead he grabs what looks to be a stiff pair of socks. More

The effect of arch height on kinematic coupling during walking
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The purpose of the current study was to assess kinematic coupling within the foot in individuals across a range of arch heights. Seventeen subjects participated in this study. Weight-bearing lateral radiographs were used to measure the arch height, defined as angle between the 1st metatarsal and the calcaneus. A kinematic model including the 1st metatarsal, lateral forefoot, calcaneus and tibia was used to assess foot kinematics during walking. More

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