I am pleased to introduce the latest article, “How To Manage Heel Ulcers In Patients With Diabetes,” 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.
Given the prevalence of heel ulcerations and the potential for serious complications in the diabetic population, Jonathan Moore, DPM, and Pamela Jensen, DPM, offer an algorithmic approach to diagnosing and managing these ulcerations. They emphasize a multidisciplinary approach and the importance of evaluating the entire patient and relevant comorbidities in order to facilitate successful outcomes.
At the end of this article, you’ll find a 10-question exam. Please mark your responses on the enclosed postcard and return it to NACCME. 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. 91 and successfully answering the questions on pg. 98. Use the enclosed card provided to submit your answers or log on to www.podiatrytoday.com and respond via fax to (610) 560-0502.
ACCREDITATION: NACCME 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 NACCME are expected to disclose to the audience any real or apparent conflicts of interest related to the content of their presentation.
DISCLOSURE STATEMENTS: Drs. Moore and Jensen 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 NACCME. 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 2005.
EXPIRATION DATE: March 31, 2006.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
• assess potential etiologies of heel ulcers in patients with diabetes;
• discuss how nutrition affects wound healing;
• describe the importance of vascular testing and how it impacts diagnosis and treatment;
• discuss key treatment considerations for ischemic heel ulcers;
• discuss an algorithmic approach to managing infected heel ulcers; and
• list steps one can take to prevent ulceration to the contralateral limb.
Sponsored by the North American Center for Continuing Medical Education.