I am very pleased to introduce the latest article, “How To Evaluate For Leg Length Discrepancy,” in our CE series. This series, brought to you by the North American Center For Continuing Medical Education (NACCME), 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.
Patients may notice a leg length discrepancy (LLD) but ignore it. Left untreated, discrepancies can lead to further biomechanical problems. In this article, David Levine, DPM, CPed, details how to identify a LLD using various methods and also dicusses how shoe lifts can aid patients.
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 the North American Center For Continuing Medical Education. 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. 69 and successfully answering the questions on pg. 74. Use the postage-paid card provided to submit your answers or log on to www.podiatrytoday.com and respond electronically.
ACCREDITATION: The North American Center For Continuing Medical Education 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 The North American Center For Continuing Medical Education are expected to disclose to the audience any real or apparent conflicts of interest related to the content of their presentation.
DISCLOSURE STATEMENTS: Dr. Levine 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 The North American Center For Continuing Medical Education. 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: June 2004.
EXPIRATION DATE: June 30, 2005.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
• differentiate among the causes of leg length discrepancy (LLD);
• diagnose LLDs based on observation, gait analysis, X-rays and the use of crepes;
• recognize patient characteristics that can impede the diagnosis of LLDs; and
• prescribe appropriate lifts for patients with a LLD.
Sponsored by the North American Center For Continuing Medical Education.