PFA Mini-Symposium

Event Date:

May 27, 20221:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT(-04:00)

Approved for 4.0 CEUs

PFA Mini Symposium brings together experts in pediatrics, orthotics, diabetes and balance to discuss a myriad of conditions and help you provide superior outcomes for your patients.

Speakers

Rich Dubin - Founder of Lerexpo

Roberta Nole, MA, PT, CPed

Owner Stride Pedorthic Center

Louis DeCaro, DPM

Owner DeCaro Total FootCare Center

Jim McGuire, DPM, PT

Associate Professor Temple University

Bryan Groleau,COTA/L CLT-LANA WCC LLE

National Senior Clinical Education Manager at mediUSA

Agenda

Rich Dubin - Founder of Lerexpo

Growing Pains in Children: The Myth, Prevention and Treatment

May 27, 2022, 01:00 PM – 01:45 PM EDT(-04:00)
Louis DeCaro, DPM
This lecture will teach practitioners about how to understand, prevent and treat growing pains. They will learn why the term “growing pains” is actually biomechanically based, and not just that the pediatric patient is “growing.” Understanding the biomechanical origins of “growing pains,” the practitioner with then be able to better understand common pediatric sports injuries, and the genesis of most adult foot and orthopedic kinetic chain problems. They will learn how to perform a quick and easy 5-minute functional assessment that can efficiently and accurately determine each patient’s foot type and how that justifies the need for intervention. Application of that information will allow participants to know exactly what type of functional orthotic is best suited for each patient, and thus how to select the correct orthotic prescription.

Rich Dubin - Founder of Lerexpo

The Nerves are Shot: Stomping on Diabetic Ulcers

May 27, 2022, 02:00 PM – 02:45 PM EDT(-04:00)
Bryan Groleau,COTA/L CLT-LANA WCC LLE
Diabetic foot ulcers (DFU) carry a 30.5% mortality rate, more than 20% higher than the mortality rate of breast cancer. This presentation will focus on the diabetic foot, etiology and characteristics of a DFU, and interventions to treat DFUs, bringing awareness to additional interventions for long-term foot health.

Rich Dubin - Founder of Lerexpo

The Utmost Importance of the Forefoot in Mastering Orthotics

May 27, 2022, 03:00 PM – 03:45 PM EDT(-04:00)
Roberta Nole, MA, PT, CPed
Fabrication and dispensing of a successful functional foot orthotic necessitates a good neutral foot impression, and a profound appreciation for forefoot position and mobility. Various casting methods are available to suit the needs of individual practitioners, but whatever method is utilized it is of utmost important to accurately capture forefoot alignment and understand if the forefoot is rigid or flexible. If the forefoot is flexible (varus or valgus), the condition can be reduced while taking the foot impression and addressed intrinsically. If the forefoot is rigid, the deformity is not reducible and necessitates the use of extrinsic posting. This lecture will explain simple techniques for ascertaining forefoot mobility via observational gait analysis, and how know when to add extrinsic posting. It will delve into the influence and importance of both the 1st and 5th rays, and when to offload or support them to further enhance orthotic outcomes.

Rich Dubin - Founder of Lerexpo

Whole Life Have a Balance, Everything Be Better: Applying Balance Theory to Orthotic Evaluation and Therapy

May 27, 2022, 04:00 PM – 05:00 PM EDT(-04:00)
Jim McGuire, DPM, PT
We spend a great deal of time measuring and calculating angles during the course of assessing biomechanically induced foot and ankle pain. We then use those measurements to create an orthotic device to realign the skeletal system to what we refer to as “neutral” alignment. Now that we use scanners, computers, and algorithms to program milling machines or printers, the entire process becomes even more mathematical. We then dispense these devices to patients and spend the next week or two “adjusting” the device to the comfort level of the patient. Balance theory is an amalgam of theories that focuses on postural and functional alignment of the foot, ankle, and entire skeletal system from assessment, to creation, and “balancing” of the device to accomplish a truly functional orthosis.

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