The Importance of Orthopaedic Journals

The Aug. 17, 2015, edition of AAOS Headline News Now featured an article from the Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery, the official publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, a podiatric society. Although we understand the desire to share an alternate perspective on a controversial medical issue with your readership, we encourage the editorial board of Headline News Now to look first within the “House of Orthopaedics” for innovative and provocative investigations whose methodology, results, and conclusions have been vetted under a review process of utmost rigor and merit. We believe that evidence of highest substance and validity must inform any debate that ensues within the orthopaedic community in matters of patient care.

The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) is an orthopaedic subspecialty society devoted to the best interests of musculoskeletal patient care. The AOFAS is recognized as the preeminent source for standards in public safety, healthcare policy, education, and research. Through its journal, Foot and Ankle International (FAI), the AOFAS presents evidence of the highest quality to inform clinical decision making and health policy discussions to ensure the safety, efficacy, and value of musculoskeletal care of the foot and ankle. In the future, the AOFAS would welcome the opportunity to bring investigations of worth and significance published in FAI to the attention of Headline News Now for the benefit of our orthopaedic colleagues and the well-being of our patients.

Brian C. Toolan, MD, AOFAS board member-at-large; Mark E. Easley, MD, AOFAS president; and Daniel C. Farber, MD

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