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Happy Holidays
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The American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine (ACFAOM) extends it warmest wishes to you and your family for a wonderful Holiday Season and a personally and professionally successful 2012. This is a period of reflecting on the year gone by (way too fast!) and the challenges facing us next year. Thanks for being a loyal reader of Foot & Ankle Weekly in 2011. If you are not yet a member of ACFAOM, we invite you to join us to help assure that podiatric biomechanics and medicine in its fullest scope remains the base of contemporary podiatric practice in 2012. Please visit our website at to learn more about the College.

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What's up, doc fix?
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It's that time of year again - the dreaded congressional quest for billions of dollars for the "doc fix." Which is a bit of a misnomer, as it isn't the docs who are broken. Though if they were to actually get a 27 percent pay cut slated for Jan. 1, they could soon be broke. More

Managing office staff: What podiatry can learn from the airline industry
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Lynn Homisak, PRT, writes, "Some might argue right out of the gate that running a practice the way the airline industry runs their airlines might be a downright disaster, especially in the area of time management. I might have once agreed as I have had my share of delays. However, when you consider that a major airline like Continental (now United) had as of August logged in 6,000 flights per day and shows an overall 85 percent success rate with departures and an 82 percent success rate with arrivals during the months of May and June 2011, the airline's reputation is not as bad as you might have believed." More

Meet Drs. Weil, King and Armstrong - today at 9 p.m. ET
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Drs. Lowell Weil, Sr., Michael King and David Armstrong 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. This special session will review the past year, and look into 2012, with podiatric royalty. Your questions are needed, so start getting them ready. 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

Chronic ankle instability affects postural control
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Research suggests that individuals with chronic ankle instability use different movement strategies to maintain postural control than individuals with healthy ankles. These changes may be related to alterations in movement variability associated with ankle instability. More

The high heels and tight fits of today's shoes are terrible for women's feet
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Women's shoes have always been about the heels. And barring the brief Earth Shoes phase in the 1970s, style has usually trumped comfort. Maybe it was "Sex and the City" and its fetishization of Manolo Blahniks. Whatever the reason, 4-plus-inch spike heels that would have been available only at Frederick's of Hollywood in the 1980s are now seen at every department store and major shoe retailer. More

A guide to preventative offloading of diabetic foot ulcers
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Given the repetitive microtrauma experienced by patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy, proper offloading is critical to the prevention of diabetic foot ulcers. Accordingly, these authors explore the potential of total contact casts, Charcot restraint orthotic walkers and other offloading devices, and discuss key factors that affect patient adherence. More

NFL Achilles injuries spark debate
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Achilles injuries in the National Football League appear to be occurring earlier, more frequently, and in younger players than in previous seasons. Whether that apparent trend is related to the labor dispute and lockout that shortened the preseason is a matter of considerable debate. More

How to assess bias in clinical studies?
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Owing in part to the development of evidence-based medicine, the ability to assess study validity and the relative potential for bias is of growing importance. Readers of clinical articles must assess internal and external validity of the study. These two concepts can be understood easily if translated into two questions: (1) can I rely on the conclusions of this study? (internal validity), and (2) can I apply these conclusions to my patients? (external validity). More
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