I am very pleased to introduce the sixth article, “Addressing Tendon Balancing Concerns In Diabetic Patients,” 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.
As Matthew J. Claxton, DPM and David G. Armstrong, DPM, point out, it can be a challenge to perform tendon balancing procedures in patients with diabetes. In this article, they discuss the etiology of muscle imbalances, key indications and a few pertinent pearls for performing various tendon balancing procedures.
At the end of this article, you’ll find a 10-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. 64 and successfully answering the questions on pg. 70. 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: Drs. Claxton and Armstrong have disclosed that they have 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 their 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: March 2003.
EXPIRATION DATE: March 31, 2004.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
• recognize the indications for tendon balancing in diabetic patients;
• employ tendon balancing in different amputation procedures;
• describe the impact of equinus and equinovarus deformities; and
• discuss key pearls for performing an Achilles tendon lengthening.
Sponsored by HMP Communications, LLC.