The Foot & Ankle Weekly
Apr. 30, 2013

ACFAOM's Certified Clinical Podiatric Medical Assistant Course
ACFAOM recently launched the Certified Clinical Podiatric Medical Assistant (CCPMA) course. Partnering with Medinail Learning Center, ACFAOM now offers podiatric medical assistants the opportunity to learn important clinical background information about working with patients' feet, and bringing them to a higher level of clinical expertise so they can provide more clinical support to the doctor, such as nail debridement and routine foot care. The CCPMA provides proof, through the certification process, that the assistant has passed a course containing the professional information needed to work in a clinical assisting role in a podiatry office. This course consists of ten online learning modules with two online exams. After passing the exams, an internship in a licensed podiatrist's office is required and usually provided by the student’s employer podiatrist. On receiving verification that the student has had instruction on particular skills and finished the internship program, a certificate is awarded.

Click here to learn more about the course and to have your Assistant register online for $599. A $100 fee discount is available for Assistants taking this course if they are sponsored by an ACFAOM member.More

Meet Roy Lidtke, DPM, FACFAOM - today at 9 p.m. ET
Dr. Roy Lidtke 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. Lidtke serves as Director of the Center for Clinical Biomechanics and is Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. A Fellow of ACFAOM, Dr. Lidtke specializes in treating patients suffering form musculoskeletal related pain, sports related injuries and diabetes. 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

Democratic Senators tell White House of concerns about healthcare law rollout
The New York Times
Democratic senators, at a caucus meeting with White House officials, expressed concerns about how the Obama administration was carrying out the healthcare law they adopted three years ago. More

Barefoot running can cause injuries, too
The New York Times via Bend Bulletin
When Dr. Douglas Brown, a radiologist in Orem, Utah, noticed an uptick recently in the number of barefoot runners he was seeing with heel and foot problems, he wondered if there might be a connection between their unshod training and their sore feet. But he couldn't find any scientific studies that had examined the issue.More

Healthcare patient engagement remains elusive
It seems as if everyone in healthcare is talking about patient engagement, yet few know how to achieve it. What people do seem to agree on is that patient engagement will not be easy, but technology will be an essential part of the process. More

Diabetic ankle fractures: Surgical considerations
Lower Extremity Review
Pittsburgh researchers found that patients with diabetes have higher complication rates than nondiabetic patients following open surgical management of ankle fractures, but also that the rate of major complications in the diabetic patients was relatively low.More

How do we make money with what we were trained to do?
Podiatry Today
Ron Raducanu, DPM FACFAS writes, "Let's talk money, ladies and gentlemen. More specifically, how do you make money with what you were trained to do? I posed this question to a classroom full of students who participated in a Practice Management Club lunch meeting at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. We were talking about practice management considerations when dealing with the pediatric population. After we discussed this at length, I posed the question of what type of practice these students were looking to get into after residency. One of the students very astutely said, 'a practice that makes money!'"More

Immigration bill aims to ease doctor shortage
American Medical News
Sweeping reforms proposed to update U.S. immigration policy would include additional visa waivers for foreign physicians who agree to practice medicine in rural areas and other regions with underserved patient populations.More

Use and effectiveness of orthotics in hyperpronated dancers
Chiropractic Economics
Hyperpronation is a common foot problem in dancers. The aim of this study was to investigate the usage and effectiveness of orthotics in the management of symptomatic hyperpronation among dancers. More

Rethinking the concept of excessive pronation
Lower Extremity Review
Anterior knee pain is one of the most common injuries affecting runners, accounting for 25 percent of all running injuries. The etiology of anterior knee pain is multifactorial in nature, but one of the most commonly cited biomechanical risk factors is excessive rearfoot pronation.More

The value of reporting pressure-time integral data in addition to peak pressure data in studies on the diabetic foot: A systematic review
Clinical Biomechanics via ScienceDirect
In plantar pressure studies on the diabetic foot, pressure–time integral data is often analyzed and reported next to peak pressure data, mostly because of its assumed additional value. The aim was to assess this additional value by systematically reviewing the relevant literature.More