I am pleased to introduce the latest article, “How To Treat Lesser MPJ Disorders,” 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.
In this article, Vincent J. Muscarella, DPM, the Acting Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, emphasizes having a strong knowledge of forefoot anatomy in order to treat disorders of the lesser metatarsophalangeal joints (MPJs). He discusses the various etiologies of these conditions and key considerations one must weigh in choosing an appropriate treatment course.
At the end of this article, you will 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. 62 and successfully answering the questions on pg. 66. 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: Dr. Muscarella has disclosed that he is a member of the Speaker’s Bureau for BioPro.
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: June 2005.
EXPIRATION DATE: June 30, 2006.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
• discuss pertinent aspects of forefoot anatomy as they relate to the lesser MPJs;
• cite examples of metabolic conditions that may cause lesser MPJ pathology;
• describe examples of clinical presentations that may result from direct trauma to the lesser MPJs;
• list possible conservative modalities that one may employ for lesser MPJ disorders;
• compare and contrast surgical procedures for treating lesser MPJ disorders; and
• discuss the steps that are involved in performing a joint replacement procedure for lesser MPJ disorders.
Sponsored by the North American Center for Continuing Medical Education.