I am pleased to introduce the latest article, “A Guide To Offloading The Diabetic Foot,” 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.
When it comes to managing diabetic foot wounds, offloading plays a key role in facilitating healing. With this in mind, Nick Martin, DPM, Tim Oldani, DPM, and Matthew J. Claxton, DPM, offer a thorough review of offloading principles and assess the efficacy of various offloading modalities.
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. 68 and successfully answering the questions on pg. 74. 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. Martin, Oldani and Claxton 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: September 2005.
EXPIRATION DATE: September 30, 2006.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
• discuss biomechanical considerations in selecting appropriate offloading devices;
• explain the concept of total contact pressure relief in offloading plantar foot ulcers;
• assess the benefits and drawbacks of total contact casting (TCC);
• compare and contrast TCC with removable cast walkers and half shoes; and
• discuss the use of insoles and custom devices.
Sponsored by the North American Center for Continuing Medical Education.