Life without options is limited. Options not only bring us more freedom but also the task of choosing the best option. The more the number of options, the more daunting the task can be. Innovations in medicine constantly bring forth a large number of options. We all know that when many options are available, it is because a single option or technique does not suit all conditions. In our busy professional lives as surgeons, every day we must decide on the best option for a condition, for that condition at a particular degree of severity, or for that condition at that level of severity in a particular patient or in particular circumstances, and so on. The navigation and decision making through the options can indeed be challenging. This is where algorithms help in leading us quickly and efficiently along the right paths to the most appropriate option.
As in the previous issue (June 2012), Dr. Conti has done an excellent job of putting together some more helpful algorithms written by seasoned surgeons for approaching and treating foot and ankle conditions that confront us as surgeons. Again, as a bonus, there are tear-off pages in this issue containing the algorithms, making them readily available for your needs. Go on, tear them off before someone else does and simplify your lives.
Vinod K. Panchbhavi, MD, FRCS, FACS