As the summer heat blazes on, the level of innovative thoughts and techniques in foot and ankle surgery continues to amaze me. Our field can never be accused of being stagnate. Innovative surgeons continue to search for better ways to treat common problems as well as cutting edge techniques used to advance the level of treatment of certain pathologic entities to new heights. This issue of Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery exemplifies this growth.
Our guest editor for this issue and the next, Dr Mark Easley, has assembled an outstanding collection of techniques covering the reconstruction of the Achilles tendon. These authors include prominent foot and ankle surgeons from the US and abroad presenting new and innovative techniques. Additional articles in this issue include topics that range from a new Total Ankle Arthroplasty to new techniques for common disorders such as: retrocalcaneal bursitis; peroneal tendon dysfunction, hallux rigidus, and 2nd metatarsal phalangeal joint instability.
I hope you enjoy this issue. We continue to search for new and improved techniques and welcome contributions from our readership. We also welcome suggestions and recommendations for how we can improve this publication.
Bruce Cohen, MD, Editor© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.