This month's journal is part of our continuing emphasis on designing techniques that fit the patient. This is in response to the tradition of making all of our patients get only the techniques that we know how to do. We appreciate the authors who use a finely tuned clinical examination to design procedures that are uniquely suited to the patient. In this issue, those patients are the elderly, those needing coverage, those with unique flatfoot, and those with severe degenerative arthritis. In each, the authors make a case for why the standard techniques may not be ideal. This continues to be Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery's mantra. Getting better by better defining exactly what we are treating. Enjoy.
W. Hodges Davis, MD
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