PFA Virtual Symposium

Event Date: November 5–6, 2021

Welcome to the 61st Annual Pedorthic Footcare Association Annual Meeting. This virtual event brings together experts from Pedorthics, Physical Therapy, Athletic Training, Health & Fitness, Podiatry, Orthotics, and Prosthetics to give you the information you need to treat your patients better and get the most from your practice.

The event is FREE for PFA members!

To Register, please go to https://www.pedorthics.org/page/SYMPOSIUM2021

Thank you to our sponsors

Agenda

Rich Dubin - Founder of Lerexpo

Richard Dubin

Founder & CEO, LER Magazine, lerEXPO

Welcome and Introductions

November 05, 2021, 09:00 AM – 09:10 AM EDT(-04:00)
Richard Dubin

Rich Dubin - Founder of Lerexpo

Robert Schwartz, CPed

CEO Eneslow Pedorthic Enterprises

Crucial Pedorthics: What We Must Never Forget as Pedorthists

November 05, 2021, 09:10 AM – 10:00 AM EDT(-04:00)
Robert Schwartz, CPed
Pedorthic uniqueness is based on pedorthic forensics, the study of how people stand and move by evaluating their shoes, on and off. We will focus on reinforcing pedorthic assessment principles and practices to rebuild our pedorthic profession. Learning Objectives: 1. Reinforce pedorthic uniqueness and need for our services 2. Strengthen pedorthic skills to assure referral base will grow 3. How to share your skills to practice, learn and help

Rich Dubin - Founder of Lerexpo

Mary Hastings, PT, DPT, MSCI, ATC

Professor Physical Therapy & Orthopedic Surgery in the PT Program at Washington University

Diabetes: Focus on Function

November 05, 2021, 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM EDT(-04:00)
Mary Hastings, PT, DPT, MSCI, ATC
This program will cover changes in foot muscle, bone, joint, and movement associated with diabetes. Specifically, she will discuss ongoing research that spans basic science to measures of patient function. The research findings will be translated to implications for treatment focused on impairments and compensations for the changes in foot structure and function.

Learning Objectives:

1. The effect diabetes has on a patients foot muscle, bone, joint and movement
2. The measure of a patient’s function
3. Treatment implications

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Yetzalee Mazza

Jambu & Co, Marketing Director

Heel Life

November 05, 2021, 10:50 AM – 11:10 AM EDT(-04:00)
Yetzalee Mazza
I’ve always been a high heels girl. Studying fashion in the city I wore heels every day and literally would be running in them to catch the train, get to class, meetings, etc. Ironically, I ended up working for an awesome comfort brand and recently found out I have plantar fasciitis ( experiencing heel pain), and now, I value and appreciate my Jambu shoes more than ever.

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Seamus Kennedy. CPed

Owner Hersco Ortho Labs

12 Tips for Successfully Dispensing Foot Orthotics

November 05, 2021, 11:10 AM – 12:00 PM EDT(-04:00)
Seamus Kennedy. CPed
Dispensing custom devices can sometimes be difficult. Learn 12 tips for successfully dispensing foot orthotics that will make the process easier, smoother and more efficient. Benefits include higher patient acceptance on the first fitting, better clinical outcomes and lower blood pressure for all!

Learning Objectives:

1. To develop a consistent protocol when dispensing orthotics
2. To understand the concept of “preferred movement path”
3. To appreciate the benefit of focusing on the patient’s primary complaint

Rich Dubin - Founder of Lerexpo

Richard Dubin

Founder & CEO, LER Magazine, lerEXPO

LUNCHTIME TRIVA

November 05, 2021, 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM EDT(-04:00)
Richard Dubin
Participate in a fun quiz with a chance to win prizes

Rich Dubin - Founder of Lerexpo

Rob Sobel, CPed

Owner Sobel Orthotics & Shoes

Custom Molded Shoes: Simplified

November 05, 2021, 12:50 PM – 01:40 PM EDT(-04:00)
Rob Sobel, CPed
Taking the audience on the full journey, when to opt for custom molded shoes, how to cast and fill out the paperwork, how to get exactly what you want, and how to get repeatable results as well as marketing tips for custom molded shoes.

Learning Objectives:

1. Easy to use methods to help the provider
2. Provide tips for making lab orders easier
3. Help you to use custom molded shoes to build relationships

Rich Dubin - Founder of Lerexpo

Michele Peters

Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Orthogenic Laboratories, Inc.

Best Practices in Pedorthics

November 05, 2021, 01:40 PM – 02:00 PM EDT(-04:00)
Michele Peters
Prescribing orthotic interventions using in-shoe plantar pressure mapping technology.

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Jim Lawson

ABC Outreach Director

2021 Facility Accreditation Standards: How to Be Compliant in a Challenging O,P&P World

November 05, 2021, 02:00 PM – 02:50 PM EDT(-04:00)
Jim Lawson
Change is all around us especially in the COVID-19 world and it’s how you stay ahead of the curve which will ensure your success. Where is our profession going and what changes can we make to stay on top and safe? Join this education opportunity on best business practices and way to help your facility be compliant with the ABC accreditation standards. We’ll discuss ABC’s extensive set of accreditation tools and resources to help you become and remain the best business you can be.

Learning Objectives:

1. Best business practices to save you time and money
2. Complying with the standards that apply directly to your practice
3. The top ten issues ABC surveyors discover during their surveys and even more importantly, how to avoid them!

Rich Dubin - Founder of Lerexpo

Richard Dubin

Founder & CEO, LER Magazine, lerEXPO

SPONSOR SESSION

November 05, 2021, 02:50 PM – 03:10 PM EDT(-04:00)
Richard Dubin

Rich Dubin - Founder of Lerexpo

Josh White, DPM, CPed

Vice President Orthofeet

Remote Patient Monitoring and How it Can Increase Referrals

November 05, 2021, 03:10 PM – 04:00 PM EDT(-04:00)
Josh White, DPM, CPed
Remote Patient Monitoring features technology that reports plantar pressure and the temperature of the feet, of patients at risk for diabetic ulceration. Also by checking wearing compliance and number of steps taken, it can help improve the success of therapeutic shoes. While it is payable by Medicare only to physicians and offers better reimbursement than is earned by fitting shoes, Pedorthists can benefit by making their referring physicians aware of this new benefit and how well it compliments their shoe prescriptions.

Learning Objectives:

1. Understanding the technology of Remote Patient Monitoring
2. Understanding the benefits of Remote Patient Monitoring
3. How Remote Patient Monitoring can help your business

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Luke Hunter, DPM

Owner Foot & Ankle Clinic of West Monroe

Podiatrists, Pedorthists and Post-Op Patients

November 06, 2021, 09:00 AM – 09:50 AM EDT(-04:00)
Luke Hunter, DPM
This presentation will discuss common complications of foot and ankle surgeries and their presentation after surgery. Participants will learn when it’s time to refer to their surgeon. Review bone and tendon healing and understand when and how it applies to brace selection. No more cookie cutter prescriptions, learn to determine what is best for the patient based off their surgery and their healing process.

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand common post-op complications from foot and ankle surgeries
2. Understand bone and tendon healing timelines
3. Provide recommendations to surgeon on brace selection based off surgeries

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Brian Lane, CPed

Director of Education Dr. Comfort

Navigating Medicare Documentation and Billing Requirements

November 06, 2021, 09:50 AM – 10:40 AM EDT(-04:00)
Brian Lane, CPed
Medicare has made several important changes to their DME – and more specifically TSPD – documentation requirements. In this session we will review precisely what the requirements are, old and new. We will also look at many ways to ensure that your documentation is correct and that your claim will stand up to an audit. We’ll review the seven documents you must have in your patients’ records for proper billing. Finally, we will share tips for smooth and efficient documentation and billing.

Learning Objectives:

1. Understanding Medicare changes
2. How to ensure your claim will stand up to an audit
3. Learn tips for improving your documentation and billing

Rich Dubin - Founder of Lerexpo

Richard Dubin

Founder & CEO, LER Magazine, lerEXPO

SPONSOR

November 06, 2021, 10:40 AM – 11:00 AM EDT(-04:00)
Richard Dubin

Rich Dubin - Founder of Lerexpo

Matt Gooch, MS, CPed

Director Product Innovation for Superfeet

What Happens When the Foot Hits the Ground

November 06, 2021, 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM EDT(-04:00)
Matt Gooch, MS, CPed
The presentation will review the role of impact forces in injury and will make the case that it has often previously been misunderstood. Despite being one of the most commonly used explanations for lower-limb injuries, impact forces are not clearly or directly correlated with injury in the literature. This presentation will review some of the seminal research on the topic, while also touching on other factors that may have more direct link to injuries.

Learning Objectives:

1. Understanding the role impact forces place in injuries
2. Identify other factors more directly linked with injuries
3. How shoes and foot orthoses can work to reduce injury risk

Rich Dubin - Founder of Lerexpo

Richard Dubin

Founder & CEO, LER Magazine, lerEXPO

LUNCHTIME TRIVIA

November 06, 2021, 11:50 AM – 12:40 PM EDT(-04:00)
Richard Dubin
Participate in a fun quiz with a chance to win prizes

Rich Dubin - Founder of Lerexpo

Rick Ravel, CPed

President Karavel Shoes

Using Prefab Foot Orthoses to Grow Your Business

November 06, 2021, 12:40 PM – 01:30 PM EDT(-04:00)
Rick Ravel, CPed
The pressure plate is the second most important device, the Brannock measuring device being the first in the pedorthic world. Whether in a retail or clinical setting, it is essential in helping to evaluate the plantar surface pressure of the feet and helping to find the right over the counter orthosis for evaluating for a custom made device. The session will go into some history of the pressure plate systems and how to use a digital pressure plate system for evaluation of the feet and of the pressure being changed by any orthotic device either OTC or custom being considered.

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand how the digital pressure plate evolved
2. Learn how to use a digital pressure plate
3. Learn to evaluate the patient’s scan and find appropriate orthoses.

Rich Dubin - Founder of Lerexpo

Richard Dubin

Founder & CEO, LER Magazine, lerEXPO

SPONSOR

November 06, 2021, 01:30 PM – 01:50 PM EDT(-04:00)
Richard Dubin

Rich Dubin - Founder of Lerexpo

Sue Fetzner, BS, MS, LPed/CPed

CPed/Health & Fitness Educator

How Understanding Fascia Can Help Your Patients

November 06, 2021, 01:50 PM – 02:40 PM EDT(-04:00)
Sue Fetzner, BS, MS, LPed/CPed
Until recently, fascia has received little attention in the medical, sports science, and movement world despite its major role in every single move you make. Scientists have discovered fascia as the “new organ”. Fascia is known to be a system of one continuous network of connective tissue and is one of the richest sensory organs in our body, embedded in nerve endings and mechanoreceptors. Discover fascia lines, or myofascial meridians, that lie “beyond the foot”. These lines of tension provide pathways to navigate injuries, improve posture and health issues. They dictate movement and transfer of energy throughout the entire body. Many of the fascia lines include the feet. Understanding fascia lines will help you see the body’s interconnectedness, guide clinical choices, and promote a “whole body” approach to movement and health.

Learning Objectives:

1. The importance of understanding fascia
2. How focusing on fascia can benefit your patients
3. Understanding fascia lines

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Chris Robinson, MS, MBA, CPO, ATC, FAAOP

Clinical Resource Director NCOPE

New CPed Education Requirements

November 06, 2021, 03:00 PM – 03:30 PM EDT(-04:00)
Chris Robinson, MS, MBA, CPO, ATC, FAAOP
NCOPE is driven by its mission of “Improving lives and strengthening the profession through education.” Formal education requirements have evolved for O&P technicians and orthotists/prosthetists considerably over the past decade. Furthermore, pedorthist and O&P assistant education have come under the national accrediting body CAAHEP. Learn about the current state of pedorthist education, the process of developing new pedorthist education programs, and participate in an open panel discussion about education with our profession.

Learning Objectives:

1. Review the requirements for a person wishing to become a Certified Pedorthist
2. Discuss the impact on the existing program
3. Advise on the impact for facility managers and owners

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