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Special invitation to attend ACFAOM’s Annual Clinical Conference @ The National

June 30, 2015

If you have already registered for APMA’s “The National,” you are invited to attend ACFAOM’s 2015 Annual Clinical Conference on July 22. During this 1-day pre-conference (8 CECHs) you will be an engaged and active participant in the whole learning process. The content will be “Case Based, Evidence Based, and Office Based.” The faculty members will act as coaches and encourage participants to discuss their own ideas about the cases presented.

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Meet Drs. Patrick DeHeer and Nick Campitelli — today at 9 p.m. ET

June 30, 2015

Drs. Patrick DeHeer and Nick Campitelli will be the guests on today’s Meet the Masters audio-conference (at 9 p.m. ET) with host, and former ACFAOM president, Dr

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Evaluation of peripheral neuropathy of unknown origin in an outpatient foot and ankle practice

June 30, 2015

The foot and ankle surgeon can see peripheral neuropathy in the treatment of foot and ankle conditions. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the demographics and presenting complaints of patients diagnosed with idiopathic peripheral neuropathy during an examination by a foot and ankle surgeon and to identify the type and frequency of subsequent diagnosis of medical causes of neuropathy.

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Study proposes new risk score to predict amputation

June 30, 2015

The severity of diabetes mandates vigilance against risk factors for amputation and a new study in Diabetes Care devises a new risk score to further physicians’ efforts at preventing complications. The study focused on 575 patients with infected diabetic foot ulcers, 28 percent of whom went on to amputation. The authors validated the prognostic value of the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot and also developed a new risk score for physicians to use in practice, one for any amputation and one for amputations excluding the lesser toes.

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Extracorporeal shock wave therapy had clinically relevant effect size in plantar fasciitis treatment

June 30, 2015

Treatment of recalcitrant plantar fasciitis with focused extracorporeal shock wave therapy without local anesthesia had a success rate between 50 percent and 65 percent, according to study findings.

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Study identifies risk factors for suicidal ideation in lower extremity amputees

June 30, 2015

Patients with lower extremity amputations have an increased risk of developing suicide ideation, according to results of a study published in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation .

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Study: Disconnect between patients and physicians on use of online communication tools

June 30, 2015

A large number of patients use online communication tools such as email and Facebook to engage with their physicians, despite recommendations from some hospitals and professional organizations that clinicians limit email contact with patients and avoid “friending” patients on social media, new research suggests.

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3 ways physicians can balance work and relationships

June 30, 2015

We’ve discussed in FiercePracticeManagment before how the demands of running a medical practice can strain not just the individuals exposed to the stress, but their key relationships as well. And that can be a scary dynamic, considering that those relationships can be key sources of joy, support and respite in an otherwise unforgiving world

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HbA1c and Lower Extremity Amputation Risk in Patients With Diabetes: A Meta-Analysis

June 30, 2015

In this meta-analysis, we aimed to assess glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) level and lower extremity amputation (LEA) risk in patients with diabetes. Systematic computerized searches of the PubMed and Web of Knowledge were performed. We compared HbA1c level between groups with LEA and without LEA by meta-analysis; we also examined the dose–response relationship between HbA1c level and LEA risk

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