32-1 Pediatrics


In This Issue

  • FEATURE ARTICLE: Calcaneonavicular Tarsal Coalitions: Age-Related Difficulties in Imaging and Newer Concepts in Management
    Edwin J. Harris, DPM
    • An Anatomic and Radiographic Study of the Distal Tibial Epiphysis
      Commentary by Daniel P. Evans, DPM
    • Low Energy Lateral Ankle Injuries in Pediatric and Adolescent Patients: A Systematic Review of Ankle Sprains and Nondisplaced Distal Fibula Fractures
      Commentary by Patrick Agnew, DPM
    • Applicability of the Calcaneal Apophysis Ossification Staging System to the Modern Pediatric Population
      Commentary by Edwin J. Harris, DPM
    • Post-Traumatic Subfibular Ossicle Formation in Children: Experience in a Single Primary Care Unit
      Commentary by Russell G. Volpe, DPM
    • Toe-Walking: A Neurological Perspective after Referral from Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeons
      Commentary by Patrick A. DeHeer, DPM
    • Fat Graft and Bone Wax Interposition Provides Better Functional Outcomes and Lower Reossification Rates than Extensor Digitorum Brevis after Calcaneonavicular Coalition Resection
      Commentary by Brian J. Burgess, DPM
    • Extraosseous Talotarsal Stabilization Using HyProCure®: Preliminary Clinical Outcomes of a Prospective Case Series
      Commentary by Richard N. Goad, DPM
    • Subtalar Coalitions: Does the Morphology of the Subtalar Joint Involvement Influence Outcomes after Coalition Excision?
      Commentary by Brian J. Burgess, DPM
    • Long-Term Results of the “Horseman” Procedure for Severe Idiopathic Flatfoot in Children: A Retrospective Analysis of 41 Consecutive Cases with Mean 8.9-Year Duration of Follow-Up
      Commentary by Sydney K. Yau, DPM
    • Flexible Juvenile Flatfoot Surgical Correction: A Comparison Between Two Techniques after Ten Years’ Experience
      Commentary by Katherine E. Dux, DPM
  • AUDIO LECTURE I: Pediatric Guided Growth of the Foot and Ankle
    Terri Cappello, MD
  • AUDIO LECTURE II: Pediatric Foot Growth Plate Injuries
    Hannah K. Park, DPM
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I have had the honor to serve as Guest Editor for this journal several times over the last few decades, watching it grow all along. Reflecting on my 50 plus years of practicing podiatric medicine and surgery, most of that time has been spent practicing pediatrics. Looking back on the evolution of podiatry itself, I think it is safe to say that the specialty today “ain’t your grandma’s chiropody.” This issue of FAQ is a particularly good example of what I have experienced over my career. Here, we examine a diverse number of topics (some of which were beyond us when I first started practice), and we’ve assembled a great group of contributors. Some are in private practice, while others enjoy a career in educating students and residents in addition to clinical practice.

As the field of practice has evolved, its medical training has evolved with it. More and more didactic and motor skills education is being moved from the predoctoral portion of education into residency and fellowship training. The explosion of information has led more and more to the need for specialty and subspecialty. I wonder, though, if eventually we may create a medical version of the biblical Tower of Babel – The medical literature is our life’s blood. Seminars are second, but textbooks are becoming passe, as books take so many years to prepare that some are virtually outdated before they are even published. This leaves literature such as this journal as our premier source of information.

I wear an added hat as a section editor for another journal. I am consistently impressed by the diversity of the authors contributing to the literature, as well as their geographic spread around the world. The source of information is astounding, but we must look critically at these articles to be certain that the information is valid. As we read, we acquire knowledge, but we must ask questions. Are the studies well-designed? Are there enough cases to justify the conclusions? Is the study population adequate? Is there financial bias?

I would like to take this opportunity to issue a challenge to my colleagues. We, as a foot and ankle specialty, need to contribute more to the medical knowledge base. We have so much to give, but we seem to leave the burden to others. The challenge: Contribute to the advancement of foot and ankle information by publishing the valuable information that we have to offer.

Edwin J. Harris, DPM, FACFAS
Guest Editor