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DePuy Foot and Ankle Residency Rotation

DePuy Extends Support of Residency Training with Richardson Foot and Ankle Rotation

DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., the nation's oldest manufacturer of orthopaedic implants, has made a generous grant to The Campbell Foundation that will enrich the educational experience of promising orthopaedic residents through the E. Greer Richardson, M.D. Foot and Ankle Rotation.

The grant from DePuy will also establish the E. Greer Richardson, M.D. Foot and Ankle Fellowship, which will Annually enable one or two talented orthopaedic surgeons to complete a 12-month fellowship in surgery of the adult foot and ankle.

DePuy's support honors Dr. Greer Richardson, who has been on staff at Campbell Clinic since 1977 and is a past president of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society. Dr. Richardson is Editor-in-Chief of Foot & Ankle International. He holds a full professorship at the University of Tennessee-Campbell Clinic Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

The DePuy commitment enhances the company's support of residency training through The Campbell Foundation. In 2003, a grant from DePuy established the Marcus J. Stewart, M.D. Rotation in Anatomy and Pathology in the UT-Campbell Clinic orthopaedic residency program.

"This generous support for DePuy will significantly enhance our residency training program in the foot and ankle subspecialty," said Frederick Azar, M.D., the Foundation's Director of Resident Education. "DePuy continuing commitment to education and research through the UT-Campbell Clinic orthopaedic residency program will have a positive impact on thousands of patients in the present and the future."

The E. Greer Richardson, M.D. Foot and Ankle Rotation, which will begin in academic year 2006-2007, will annually enrich the education of eight residents in the foot and ankle surgery subspecialty. Dr. Richardson will instruct and mentor residents participating in the residency training, and he will serve as director of the E. Greer Richardson, M.D. Foot and Ankle Fellowship.

The Most Common Foot and Ankle Injuries

More than 11 million visits are made to doctors' offices each year because of foot, toe, and ankle problems, including more than 2 million visits for ankle sprains and strains and more than 800,000 visits for ankle fractures. To follow, a list of the most prevalent foot and ankle injuries:

  • Ankle sprains. Because the inner ankle is more stable than the outer ankle, the foot is likely to turn inward from a fall, tackle, or jump. This stretches or tears ligaments and results in an ankle sprain.
  • Achilles tendon injury. The Achilles tendon connects muscles in the lower leg to the hell bone. Sports that tighten the calf muscle, such as basketball, running and high-jumping, can overstress this tendon and cause a strain or a rupture. A direct blow to the foot, ankle or calf can also cause an Achilles tendon injury.
  • Overuse injuries. Excessive training, such as running long distances without rest, places repeated stress on the foot and ankle. The result can be stress fractures and muscle/tendon strains.
  • Shin splints. Pain in front of the shin bone (Tibia) usually is caused by a stress fracture, called shin splints. Overtraining, poorly fitting athletic shoes, and a change in running surface from soft to hard puts athletes at risk for this injury.

"This honor is undeserved, but greatly appreciated," Dr. Richardson said, "I want to thank DePuy for their generosity and thank the Campbell Clinic staff, who allowed me to concentrate in this challenging area of orthopaedics."

In addition to Dr. Greer Richardson, Campbell Clinic foot and ankle surgeons who are involved with resident and fellow education are Dr. Andrew Murphy, Dr. Susan Ishikawa, and Dr. David Richardson.

About the E. Greer Richardson Foot and Ankle Rotation

  • The grant will underwrite the education of eight residents in the subspecialty of foot and ankle surgery.
  • The rotation is six weeks in length and occurs during the third year of the Campbell Clinic residency program.
  • During the rotation, residents are instructed and mentored by Campbell Clinic faculty who are fellowship-trained in this subspecialty.
  • Time in this rotation is split approximately 50% clinical and 50% surgical to allow continuity of care for most patients, from initial examination and evaluation, through surgical or non-surgical treatment, to post-operative rehabilitation (if required), until final result.
  • Each year, more than 400 senior medical students or medical school graduates apply for the eight positions in the Campbell program. Acceptance into the program is based on past performance, references, and interviews.

During 2005, Campbell Clinic foot and ankle surgeons recorded over 12,000 patient visits. A recent National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Survey indicated that foot and toe or ankle symptoms accounted for 11.8 million visits to physicians annually.

DePuy Orthopaedics, a Johnson & Johnson company, designs, manufactures and distributes orthopaedic devices and supplies including hip, knee, extremity, trauma, orthobiologics, and operating room products. Founded in 1895, DePuy has more than 6,000 employees worldwide.

Taken from the Campbell Foundation Momentum