Basic Principles of Foot and Ankle Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery is a 2-day face-to-face course that consists of evidence-based lectures, AO skills lab, practical exercises, and small group discussions. Lectures will reinforce key information relevant to the topic discussed. The AO Skills Lab will engage surgeons with hands-on learning of basic principles and practical know-how needed for live surgery. Interactive case small group case discussions will help participants to understand decision-making, management skills, and potential pitfalls. In the practical exercises, participants will be trained in the application of fixation techniques applicable to the foot and ankle.
Completion of the Basic Principles of Foot and Ankle Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery for DPMs is a required prerequisite in order to attend the Advanced Foot and Ankle course.
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
- Discuss the concepts of stability, their influence on bone healing, and how to apply implants to achieve appropriate stability
- Plan treatment for metatarsal fractures, hallux valgus, and first MTP arthritis based on assessment, imaging, classification, and decision making
- Apply reduction techniques in fracture management with attention to the importance of the soft tissue
- Use appropriate fixation techniques to treat common pathologies of the foot and ankle including (peri) articular fractures
This course has been approved for 14.75 CECH.
ACFAS is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. ACFAS has approved this activity for a maximum of 14.75 continuing education contact hours. Basic Principles of Foot and Ankle Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery for DPMs is jointly provided by ACFAS and AO North America.