I am pleased to introduce the latest article, “Key Insights On Writing Orthotic Prescriptions,” 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.
To prescribe an effective orthotic, one must address patient symptoms as well as the pathology which produced the dysfunction. With this in mind, Lawrence Huppin, DPM, and Paul Scherer, DPM, emphasize the value of custom orthotics and provide a step-by-step guide to selecting appropriate materials and getting the most out of orthotic additions and modifications.
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. 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: Dr. Huppin has disclosed that he is the Medical Director for ProLab Orthotics/USA. Dr. Scherer has disclosed that he is the CEO and a major stock shareholder in ProLab Orthotics/USA.
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: January 2006.
EXPIRATION DATE: January 31, 2007.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
• discuss the general goals of prescribing pathology specific orthotics;
• discuss the differences between vacuum formed and direct milled polypropylene;
• describe the potential impact of orthotic width;
• discuss the rationale for considering or not considering a rearfoot post; and
• discuss the use of the “sweet spot” modification and how it can be beneficial in orthotic treatment of adult-acquired flatfoot or posterior tibial dysfunction.
Sponsored by the North American Center for Continuing Medical Education.