editorial-board

Calcaneal Fractures: Looking Beyond the Meta-Analyses

July 1, 2016

In this issue of The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery®, Luo et al present the results of an updated meta-analysis on displaced intra-articular calcaneal fractures (1). They conclude, “The small sample size and the great heterogeneity of included studies make it difficult to draw conclusions in some combined results.”

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Effect Modification and Interaction Terms: It Takes Two to Tango

July 1, 2016

In this Investigators’ Corner I look more deeply into the previously discussed phenomenon of effect modification. I revisit an explanation and examples of the phenomenon and then examine how to account for it statistically. Specifically, I show, in detail, how to write a regression equation that includes interaction terms that account for the effect modification

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Prescribing Medications for Pain Relief: Doctors, Patients, and Federal Regulators

July 1, 2016

In a recent New York Times editorial titled “The Opioid Epidemic We Failed to Foresee,” David A. Kessler, MD, former commissioner of the U.S

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Intraoperative Radiation Exposure During Revision Total Ankle Replacement

July 1, 2016

Intraoperative C-arm image intensification is required for primary total ankle replacement implantation.

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Fibular Nailing Seems an Effective Strategy to Decrease Treatment Crude Costs for AO-Type 44B Ankle Fractures in Elderly Patients

May 1, 2016

In the article, “Health Care Usage and Related Costs in Fibular Plating for AO Type 44-B Ankle Fractures in a Belgian University Hospital: An Exploratory Analysis,” which appears in this issue (1), we show that the costs for the operative treatment of unstable ankle fractures (AO type 44-B) strongly correlate with the length of stay (LOS) of the patient. In turn, the LOS itself is influenced not only by easily objectifiable variables such as treatment type and patient age but also by more difficult to measure parameters such as the level of process standardization and individual preferences of the surgeon, the patients, and their families.

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A Metastatic Squamous Cell Carcinoma in a Diabetic Foot: Case Report

April 5, 2016

A 72-year-old male was referred to our hospital for a plantar ulceration that had occurred many years earlier. The lesion, with exuberant granulation and large areas of necrosis and fibrin, had long been treated by plastic surgeons with no positive evolution

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Synovial Chondromatosis of the Ankle: Report of Two Cases With 23 and 126 Loose Bodies

April 5, 2016

Synovial chondromatosis is rare joint disorder that has no clear etiology.

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Entrapment of the Superficial Peroneal Nerve Following a Distal Fibula Fracture

April 4, 2016

Although peripheral nerve injury may result from fractures involving the long bones, bony entrapment of peripheral nerves is infrequently encountered. This report demonstrates a rare case of superficial peroneal nerve entrapment between 2 fracture ends of the distal fibula following a closed ankle fracture resulting from a supination-external rotation mechanism. Levels of Evidence: Therapeutic, Level IV: Case report

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