Pedorthic Program

Time Program Code Friday, March 3
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM   Pedorthic Program
Seamus Kennedy, CPed, BEng (Mech)
Welcome to the Academy’s 7th Annual Pedorthics Program
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM   Pedorthic Program
Managing Hansen’s Disease
Charles Kuffel, MSM, CPO, FAAOP
Some of the pioneering work in neuropathic foot breakdown was directly developed from experience treating Hansen’s disease or leprosy. Listen to modern day case studies and current concepts for addressing this challenging condition.
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM   Pedorthic Program
Adherence Among Users of Orthopedic Footwear and Lower-Limb Orthoses
John Brinkmann, MA, CPO, LPO, FAAOP(D)
The success of our interventions depends on appropriate use and wear pattern by the patient. This presentation will review recent published evidence related to patient use of orthopedic shoes and other orthotic interventions. Perspectives on compliance and non-use will be discussed, as well as factors that can improve adherence.
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM   Pedorthic Program
Beyond the FitBit: Wearable Technology in Bracing and Support
Roy H. Lidtke, DPM, CPeD
Wearable technology in medicine is becoming more prevalent with new technologies emerging at a fast pace. These technologies will be reviewed along with the data they provide. The benefits and drawbacks of patient data streams to clinicians will be discussed with an eye on time commitments, financial costs, and potential reimbursement hurdles.
12:15 PM - 2:00 PM   Pedorthic Program
Lunch in Exhibit Hall
2:00 PM - 3:45 PM   Pedorthic Program
Foot and Ankle Range of Motion Assessment and Intrinsic Versus Extrinsic Posting
Pam Haig, Cped
Understanding the available ranges of motion of the foot and ankle can aid in determining the best product to recommend, which orthotic posting theory would be most suitable, and how many degrees to post a functional orthosis, intrinsically or extrinsically. The concept of inducing the first ray to plantar flex to aid in engaging the locking mechanism of the human foot can be explored through a systematic analysis of the seven main axes of the foot and their dominant planes of motions. Learn when to dispense an over-the-counter product versus making a custom product, or use intrinsic posting versus extrinsic posting from range of motion assessments.
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM   Pedorthic Program
Biomechanics: How Foot Orthotics Can Affect the Knee, Hip, and Lower Back
Matt Babbitt, DPT, Cped
Learn about lower-extremity biomechanics and how motion at one joint potentially alters motion at others. With knowledge of this interconnectedness, we can begin to appreciate how foot orthotics affect gait and pathology, not just at the foot but along the entire chain.
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM   Pedorthic Program
Foot Evaluation and Orthotic Modalities—Getting It Right
Spencer Weisbond, Cped
Understanding correct evaluation techniques lays the groundwork for designing good foot orthoses. In this session, we illustrate how patient observation assists in understanding and measuring the correct angles needed to design the appropriate device. Additionally, we will discuss common orthotic additions and modifications and failures.

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