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EDITOR'S NOTE: The following content and the templates that appear on pages 47-48 were submitted by the American Board of
Podiatric Medicine (ABPM). APMA did not participate in the development of these templates. Publication of these documents should
not be construed as endorsement of the templates.

Documenting Your Biomechanical
Exams Just Got Easier

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By Melissa J. Lockwood, DPM, ABPM Director and Marketing Chair

iomechanical evaluations are a critical part of our residency training and practices, but let's face it-they are hard
to document and typically do not need to be as lengthy as
the current biomechanical evaluation form dictates. In fact, we
have heard that most diplomates would prefer to conduct the
exam to diagnose a particular pathology, and do not find completing the full biomechanical evaluation form productive.
To simplify this process and to bring the biomechanical
documentation back into the physical examination where it belongs, ABPM Director Stephen Geller, DPM, has developed seven EHR-compatible templates for pathology-specific biomechanical examinations. These include:
Pes Planus
Pes Cavus
Hallux Valgus
Hammertoe
Lesser Metatarsal Pathologies
Intermetatarsal Pain
Proximal Examination of the Ankle

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Clearly the goal of residency training is to learn and understand all components of a hip-to-toe examination so that when
in practice, the new practitioner can perform pertinent aspects

of the biomechanical examination and identify all contributing
factors. This information is used to minimize risk of complications in plan of care. Yet, in practice, patients may present with
specific complaints and not all require a hip-to-toe examination.
The new templates are modular, so you can select and combine the most relevant to comprehensively evaluate the pathomechanics of a specific patient.
EXAMPLE: In treating a patient complaining of neuroma
symptoms with a low arch, a podiatrist would begin with the
Pes Planus template and, where indicated, insert the templates
for Hammertoe, Lesser Metatarsal, and Intermetatarsal Pain. If
after completing the examination, the findings do not fully explain the pathomechanics of the foot, then the Proximal Examination template is added.
The templates can easily be dropped into your EHR to complete the required biomechanical examination.
Say goodbye to that ill-fated comprehensive biomechanical
examination form and hello to your biomechanics documentation returning to the customary examination. Your patients
will thank you!
The new Biomechanical Examination Templates are now
available on the ABPM website at www.abpmed.org/pages/
residents/biomechanical.
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