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Addressing hallux rigidus in the presence of metatarsus primus elevatus
Podiatry Today
Given the common nature of hallux rigidus and the challenges of concomitant metatarsus primus elevatus, these authors share key diagnostic insights, explore possible surgical options and discuss two illuminating case studies.
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Meet Kevin Kirby, DPM, FACFAOM and Roy Lidtke, DPM, FACFAOM - today at 9 p.m. ET
Drs. Kevin Kirby and Roy Lidtke will be the guests on today's Meet the Masters audio-conference (at 9 p.m. ET) with host, and former ACFAOM president, Dr. Bret Ribotsky. Drs. Kevin Kirby and Roy Lidtke will discuss practical techniques and strategies on orthotic therapy to use in your practice. 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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EHR replacement: What practices need to know
HIT Consultant
Adopting technology can be challenging. Healthcare organizations facing regulatory changes and market pressures may be resistant to switching to new technology, and this is understandable. Having an electronic health record (EHR) that works for you is more important now than ever. The reality is that the longer a clinic or physician group tries to work through the issues of a weak EHR, the greater the burden they will assume in inefficiency, inaccuracy, non-compliance, gaps in care and decreasing revenues.
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Debating corticosteroid injections for heel pain
Lower Extremity Review
Some practitioners find plantar fasciitis patients respond to corticosteroid injection when other treatments have failed, but concerns about complications make others cautious. With evidence-based guidelines in short supply, the decision often comes down to clinical experience.
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Proposed act would reform Medicare DMEPOS audits
Podiatry Today
A recently introduced House act seeks to reform the process for Medicare to audit Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) claims. The Medicare DMEPOS Audit Improvement and Reform (AIR) Act of 2014, HR 5083, has the support of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). The act would boost the transparency of Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) that identify and recover improper payments to healthcare providers under Medicare plans, according to the APMA.
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GoLaser Podiatry Laser System
Sheaumann Laser has received FDA clearance and has released its first medical laser system: the GoLaser™ for podiatric indications. This is a significant achievement in the company’s quest to supply the medical world with high quality laser systems that are reliable and compact. Learn More
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Obesity, early puberty and why we should be concerned
Reports earlier this year of a dramatic decline in childhood obesity were too good to be true. According to results of a more recent analysis, published in JAMA Pediatrics, the widely-heralded drop in the proportion of overweight young children was probably a statistical aberration. When data are examined over a longer time period, it turns out that early childhood obesity is just as prevalent today as it was at the beginning of the 21st century.
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Progress stalled in diabetic foot ulcers; major unmet need
The development of new treatments for diabetic foot ulcers has stalled for the past 2 decades, and novel, effective methods of tackling this debilitating condition are greatly needed, according to a recent review published in the August issue of Advances in Therapy. "Diabetic foot ulcers are a very, very expensive problem that seriously affects the quality of life of diabetic patients," commented lead author Aristidis Veves, M.D., professor of surgery and research director of the Joslin-Beth Israel Deaconess Foot Center and of the Microcirculation Lab at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. For decades, Dr. Veves's group has researched nonhealing wounds in diabetic patients
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Study: Sagittal plane deformity may be linked to foot ulceration in Charcot patients (Orthopedics Today)
54 percent of Americans obese; up from 46 percent in '99 (The Associated Press via News 13)
Diagnosing and treating distal tibia epiphysitis (Podiatry Today)
Total contact casting reduces foot amputations, study finds (McKnight's)
Current concepts in the surgical management of acute diabetic foot infections (The Foot via PubFacts)

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Stabilize your ankles to prevent injury
Hamilton Spectator
Picture this: a constantly shifting mass weighing 45-90 kilograms is balanced on two small pillars, each less than 20 centimeters wide and about 20 centimeters tall. The pillars are made up of three parts, held together with strong fibrous bands. It is the job of this small structure to help keep the moving mass constantly in balance and upright.
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Difficult patients: It's not them, it's you, doctor
HealthLeaders Media
Jacqueline Fellows writes, "The rise of consumerism and the arrival of quality surveys for physician practices means doctors will have to pay more attention to patient relationships. Providers can be choosy, but so can patients. When I am sick, even if it is just a minor cold, I am cranky. My husband could regale you with tales of my despondency and general bad attitude when I do not feel 100 percent. I, too, have the dirt on him, on my son, and well, nearly everyone in my family. You likely know exactly what I am talking about."
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18 work-life balance tips for physicians
Physician's Practice
Most physicians struggle to find balance between work and home, but it's not as difficult as you might think. Here experts share their top tips.
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Diagnosing osteomyelitis in the diabetic foot: a pilot study to examine the sensitivity and specificity of Tc99m white blood cell-labelled single photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography
International Wound Journal via PubMed
Diabetic foot ulceration poses a significant threat of osteomyelitis (OM) and subsequent amputation. The diagnosis of OM via imaging studies is difficult as radiographic findings do not present immediately and advanced imaging studies may be contraindicated or unavailable. A novel diagnostic tool has been developed which synthesises technetium-99 white blood cell-labelled single-photon emission computed tomography and computed tomography (Tc99m WBC labelled-SPECT/CT) imaging, effectively enhancing anatomic detail. The aim of this pilot study was to determine the validity and reliability of this novel imaging technique in patients with diabetic foot ulcers in a Veterans Affairs healthcare facility.
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