I am pleased to introduce the latest article, “A Guide To Conservative Care For Adult-Acquired Flatfoot,” in our CE series. This series, brought to you by the North American Center for Continuing Medical Education (NACCME), consists of complimentary 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.
Adult-acquired flatfoot (AAF) is among the most difficult conditions to treat successfully. Paul R. Scherer, DPM, discusses recent developments in the understanding of AAF, delineates the stages of AAF and reviews appropriate conservative treatments. He offers pearls from his clinical experience and discusses the relevant literature on this subject.
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. 84 and successfully answering the questions on pg. 90. 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. Scherer has disclosed that he is the CEO of ProLab Orthotics in Napa, Ca.
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 2007
EXPIRATION DATE: June 30, 2008
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
• review key assessment and diagnostic tools for staging adult-acquired flatfoot (AAF);
• differentiate between the clinical presentations of the different stages of AAF;
• describe conservative treatment options for Stage I AAF;
• discuss the motivation behind the development of ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs) and the casting of the devices;
• cite conservative treatment options for Stage II AAF; and
• discuss the gauntlet type of AFO and its potential impact in treating Stage III AAF.
Sponsored by the North American Center for Continuing Medical Education.