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Self-selected gait speed: A critical clinical outcome
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When treating patients who are going through rehabilitation, clinicians may be overemphasizing gait distance and over­looking the importance of gait speed. Clinical assessment of gait speed is sim­ple and inexpensive but can be a significant indicator of functional recovery. More

Meet David Mullens, DPM, JD - today at 9 p.m.
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Dr. David Mullens 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. Mullens has extensive experience as both a podiatrist and practicing attorney. He started the podiatric surgical residency program at the Palo Alto Veterans Administration Hospital in 1975 and established the podiatric surgical service at Stanford University Hospital in 1976. As an attorney, he has successfully prosecuted the collection of several thousand CPT and HCPCS codes previously denied for payment by Medicare and the for-profit insurance companies. 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

Exploring the potential of acellular dermis grafts for wound healing and soft tissue repair
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Offering insights from the literature, practical pearls and coding tips, this author discusses the use of acellular dermis grafts for foot and ankle applications including wound healing, tendon and ligament repair and soft tissue supplementation. More

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3 ways to celebrate the holidays at your medical office
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As the economy slowly comes back to life, something that was a victim of recessionary times is returning: the office holiday celebration. The proportion of small companies throwing holiday parties is up from 35 percent in 2011 to 40 percent in 2012, according to a survey released Nov. 15 by American Express of 503 owners of businesses with fewer than 100 employees. The proportion who said they were not planning any holiday activities with staff declined from 33% in 2011 to 21 percent in 2012. More

Practical, protective foot health steps for people with diabetes
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Healthy feet are essential for overall good health, no matter your age, fitness level or physical challenges. For people with diabetes, however, taking care of their feet is especially vital. More than 60 percent of all non-traumatic lower-limb amputations worldwide are related to complications from the disease, according to the American Diabetes Association. More

Osteomyelitis: Keys to diagnosis and treatment
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Can new technological advances facilitate a more accurate diagnosis of osteomyelitis and more successful treatment? These authors consider this question and offer insights from the literature on lab tests, imaging modalities and effective treatments with an eye toward prevention. More
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Predicting newborns' childhood obesity risk
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Researchers have created a formula and online calculator they say can predict whether a newborn is at risk of becoming obese during childhood. The formula takes into account the baby's weight, the parents' weight, the number of people in the household, the working status of the mother, and her smoking habits during pregnancy. More

Electronic medical records drive physicians to stay, go
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After 25 years of using paper records, Winfield Young, M.D., recently dove into electronic medical records for his Virginia Beach, Va., pediatric practice. "Today is the first day of training. I'm tickled pink," Young told me. Young wants to maintain his freestanding practice and not be employed by a hospital. With an EMR, he envisions the possibility of increasing his income, and definitely more efficiency. "We see the importance of better documentation of diagnosis, and it's going to be easier to track," he says. More

Intramuscular manual therapy for heel pain
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Intramuscular manual therapy, also known as dry needling, is hypothesized to relieve pain by modifying tension in connective tissue. Limited evidence supports the use of IMT for plantar fasciitis, although further research is needed to rule out a placebo effect. More

Topical simvastatin shown to accelerate wound healing in diabetes
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Delayed wound healing is a major complication of diabetes because the physiological changes in tissues and cells impair the wound healing process. This can result in additional disease outcomes such as diabetic foot ulcer, a significant cause of morbidity in the growing population of diabetic patients. A new study has found that topically applied simvastatin accelerates wound healing in diabetic mice, suggesting important implications for humans with diabetes. This study is published in the December issue of The American Journal of Pathology. More

Neuropsychiatric symptoms and problems among children with idiopathic toe-walking
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Idiopathic toe-walking is a condition in which otherwise healthy children walk on their toes. The diagnosis is a diagnosis of exclusion. The aim of this study was to elucidate the occurrence of neuropsychiatric symptoms among 5- to 13-year-old children with ITW. More

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