The Foot & Ankle Weekly
Jul. 2, 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. 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.

PMAs and MNTs already certified by Medinails can also become an ACFAOM CCPMA by completing and passing the ACFAOM CCPMA Bridge Examination and paying a $75 exam fee.More

Meet Michael M. Rosenblatt, DPM - today at 9 p.m. ET
Dr. Rosenblatt 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. Rosenblatt lived and practice in Seattle for almost 30 years, where he served as residency director at Waldo Hospital. Now retired, Dr. Rosenblatt is a Medicare expert and has written an accreditation manual now used by 40 surgical centers. 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

Has obesity been mislabeled as a disease? Why doctors don't mind
Boston Globe
Weight management specialists widely cheered the American Medical Association's decision to label obesity as a disease at its annual meeting recently - including those who have previously argued that obesity isn't always equivalent to poor health.More

Varying rearfoot posting has multiple dose-response effects, gait study finds
Lower Extremity Review
Varying rearfoot post angle levels in foot orthoses designed to correct pronation has dose-response effects at the rearfoot and knee in individuals both with and without pronated feet, according to a study published in May in the Journal of Biomechanics.More

Half of physicians report they aren't their own boss
American Medical News
The majority of physicians in practice are working for someone else rather than owning a practice, in large part because solo practices are dwindling quickly, according to a survey by healthcare staffing firm Jackson Healthcare.More

How to beat the top causes of group practice breakup
Despite the benefits of working in a group practice, physicians often underestimate the challenges that come with working as a team. The good news is that research compiled by Monthly Prescribing Reference can help you combat the top stressors that dissolve the glue that keeps groups together. More

Plantar pressure measurements reveal not all sham devices are created equal
Lower Extremity Review
Not all sham orthoses used in research settings provide the same mechanical effects or are perceived by study participants as equally credible, according to research epublished in May by the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research.More

Medicare doctor pay data release could be in next SGR bill
American Medical News
Price transparency and public disclosure of Medicare payments to physicians are goals some lawmakers hope to achieve in legislation that prevents upcoming rate reductions under the program's pay system.More

Study into causes of diabetic neuropathy underway
Scientists in Yorkshire have launched a ground-breaking study to find the cause of diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage). Diabetic neuropathy is long-term damage to the nerve fibres that occurs as a result of prolonged, high blood glucose levels, although exactly how this causes nerve damage is not fully understood. More

How to treat recalcitrant plantar warts
Podiatry Today
Treatment for recalcitrant plantar warts can be time-consuming and the options for treatment have differing levels of success. Accordingly, the authors share pearls and case studies from their clinical experience as well as insights from the literature on modalities ranging from topical agents and surgical excision to oral therapies and pulsed dye lasers.More

MRI of heel pain
American Journal of Roentgenology
The purpose of this article is to review the normal anatomy of the posterior ankle and hindfoot and review the causes of heel pain, with attention to the clinical, radio-graphic, and MRI findings. More