I am pleased to introduce the latest article, “How To Treat Severe Bunions,” 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.
Severe bunion deformities are one of the most common conditions that podiatrists see. Accordingly, Jesse B. Burks, DPM, emphasizes the role of diagnostic imaging and how patient expectations factor into choosing an appropriate surgical treatment. Dr. Burks also reviews the merits of various osteotomies and arthrodesis techniques.
At the end of this article, you’ll find a nine-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. 94 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: Dr. Burks 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 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: August 2005.
EXPIRATION DATE: August 31, 2006.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
• discuss key diagnostic signs to evaluate an anterior-posterior, lateral and sesamoidal axial radiograph;
• discuss the impact of patient expectations in selecting an appropriate procedure;
• assess the merits and potential complications of distal osteotomies, midshaft osteotomies and proximal osteotomies; and
• discuss indications and potential treatment outcomes of a first metatarsophalangeal joint arthrodesis.
Sponsored by the North American Center for Continuing Medical Education.