I am very pleased to introduce the fourth article, “When Should You Perform Callus Distraction?,” in our new CE series. This series, brought to you by HMP Communications, consists of regular CE activities that qualify for one continuing education contact hour (.1 CEU). Readers will not be required to pay a processing fee for this course.
There are a growing number of indications for the callus distraction procedure, according to Michael Downey, DPM. the author of the article and the Chief of the Division of Podiatric Surgery at the Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia. While callus distraction is most commonly used to treat congenital brachymetatarsia, Dr. Downey says it can be employed in other corrective procedures for the foot, ankle and lower leg.
At the end of this article, you’ll find a nine-question exam. Please mark your responses on the postage-paid postcard and return it to HMP Communications. This course will be posted on Podiatry Today’s Web site (www.podiatrytoday.com) roughly one month after the publication date. I hope this CE series contributes to your clinical skills.
Jeff A. Hall
INSTRUCTIONS: Physicians may receive one continuing education contact hour (.1 CEU) by reading the article on pg. 57 and successfully answering the questions on pg. 62. Use the postage-paid card provided to submit your answers or log on to www.podiatrytoday.com and respond electronically.
ACCREDITATION: HMP Communications, LLC is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a sponsor of continuing education in podiatric medicine.
DESIGNATION: This activity is approved for 1 continuing education contact hour or .1 CEU.
DISCLOSURE POLICY: All faculty participating in Continuing Education programs sponsored by HMP Communications, LLC are expected to disclose to the audience any real or apparent conflicts of interest related to the content of their presentation.
DISCLOSURE STATEMENTS: Dr. Downey has disclosed that he has no significant financial relationship with any organization that could be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest in the context of the subject of his presentation.
GRADING: Answers to the CE exam will be graded by HMP Communications, LLC. Within 60 days, you will be advised that you have passed or failed the exam. A score of 70 percent or above will comprise a passing grade. A certificate will be awarded to participants who successfully complete the exam.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Podiatrists.
RELEASE DATE: December 2002.
EXPIRATION DATE: December 31, 2003.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
• discuss Ilizarov’s seven principles of callus distraction;
• discuss indications for callus distraction in the foot, ankle and lower leg;
• discuss surgical steps in performing the callus distraction procedure; and
• demonstrate an awareness of potential complications of callus distraction.
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