I am pleased to introduce the latest article, “How To Evaluate And Treat Clinical Fractures,” 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 order to treat calcaneal fractures, one must have a strong knowledge of the pathomechanics of these highly complicated injuries. Accordingly, Don Buddecke, DPM, and Michael S. Lee, DPM, begin the article by reviewing these pathomechanics and proceed to discuss pertinent diagnostic considerations. They also offer an informative step-by-step guide to surgical treatment.
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. 76 and successfully answering the questions on pg. 82. 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. Buddecke and Lee 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: November 2005.
EXPIRATION DATE: November 30, 2006.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
• discuss the pathomechanics of calcaneal fractures;
• describe key points of evaluation during the clinical exam of patients with calcaneal fractures;
• discuss pertinent radiographic findings with calcaneal fractures;
• discuss indications for open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) and describe pertinent intraoperative steps; and
• cite key postoperative considerations.
Sponsored by the North American Center for Continuing Medical Education.