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Philosophy offers us the ability to think logically and critically about any field of knowledge, podiatric medical education included. By proceeding in an orderly manner, the growth of the profession will be ensured as long as the thinkers are willing to be truthful. Ironically, conformity is not a necessity and a diversity of philosophies is actually encouraged.
The College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery was established in 1981 as a fully integrated college of the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, Des Moines, Iowa, becoming the only school in the profession to be part of an academic health science center. Thus, this college provides a unique opportunity for the students and the podiatric medical profession to receive a multidisciplinary education, preparing them for podiatric medical practice as an integral part of total health care.
The authors present a study of the treatment of Morton's neuroma. Sixty patients, involving 65 feet treated, were studied. Conservative treatments were compared to surgical excision of the neuroma. As a result of the findings in this study, the authors recommend surgical excision as the initial treatment of choice.