The results of mobility and functionality are key outcomes that we strive for in our every day practices. It is the hope of these outcomes that brings patients to our offices to seek our help. It is the pursuit of these results that push us to the cutting edge of our subspecialty. It is with these goals in mind that I am pleased to write an introductory note to this issue of Techniques in Foot & Ankle Surgery. I am pleased as well to introduce Dr Beat Hintermann as our Guest Editor. Dr Hinterman and his group have been on the forefront of the emerging field of total ankle replacement, as a clinician, researcher, and product designer. We asked him to highlight, in this issue, techniques that would help us in better treating the patients with difficult total ankle replacement and he has responded with a group of experienced investigators and detailed studies that address problems, which are not for the faint of heart. This being said for all who tackle this difficult patient population; these techniques will help us to be more successful in achieving mobility and functionality for our patients. We all learn from physicians such as Dr Hintermann and the other investigators, in this issue, that because an operation is tough, it does not mean that it cannot be done well. Enjoy and learn from some real masters.
W. Hodges Davis, MD