Arthroscopy of the Foot and Ankle
Surgical Skills

Arthroscopy of the Foot and Ankle

December 9, 2023 - December 10, 2023

Chicago, IL
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These interactive two-day, hands-on courses are each led by a faculty of skilled arthroscopy surgeons and gives you the opportunity to learn and practice established and cutting-edge techniques in surgery for the foot and ankle.

The course features 9+ hours of hands-on laboratory time with the latest equipment and techniques on fresh cadaver specimens. Lecture presentations will be enhanced with videos of actual arthroscopic cases. There will be ample opportunity for interaction with faculty. One cadaver per two registrants.

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Jonathan J. Sharpe, DPM, FACFAS

Jeffrey R. Baker, DPM, FACFAS

Richard Derner, DPM, FACFAS

Michael A. Gentile, DPM, FACFAS

Daniel Logan, DPM, FACFAS


Matthew D. Sorensen, DPM, FACFAS

Michael H. Theodoulou, DPM, FACFAS

Jennifer Van, DPM, FACFAS

  • Refine arthroscopic techniques of the ankle and subtalar joint, with a focus on motor skill development.
  • Identify and understand indications for arthroscopic foot and ankle surgery.
  • Effectively perform soft tissue techniques including synovectomy, fibrous band resection, and gutter debridement.
  • Be able to approach, resect and saucerize medial and lateral talar dome lesions.
  • Be able to retrieve loose bodies in the ankle and be introduced to arthroscopic excision of the os trigonum.
  • Be introduced to arthroscopy of the small joints of the foot.
  • Understand the risks and complications of foot and ankle arthroscopy and their management.
  • Manage patient cases involving staging principles, intra-op positioning, and fluoroscopy methods.


7:30 - 8:00 am        

8:00 - 8:10 am
Welcome, Introduction and “The Rules”                    

8:10 - 8:50 am    
Practical Aspects of Arthroscopy – Faculty Roundtable Discussion    

8:50 - 9:05 am        
Overview of Tower equipment, table instrumentation – Live Demo    

9:05 - 9:35 am        
Dry Lab            

9:35 - 9:50 am        

9:50 - 10:10 am        
Arthroscopic Anatomy                            

10:10 - 10:30 am     
Soft Tissue Pathology                            

10:30 - 10:50 am    
Establishing Portals                            

10:50 - 11:00 am    
Summary/Q&A – Morning lectures & dry lab                                                

11:00 - 11:30 am    

11:30 - 11:40 am    
Lab: Establishing portals:  Live Demo                        

11:40 am - 12:40 pm    
Basic Ankle Lab  

12:40 - 1:00 pm        
Arthroscopic Management of Anterior Ankle Impingement:  Soft tissue and Bone

1:00 - 1:30 pm        
Arthroscopy of OCD                            

1:30 - 1:45 pm        

1:45 - 2:45 pm        
Anterior Ankle Impingement and OCD Microfracture Lab         

2:45 - 3:15 pm        
Arthroscopic Ankle Arthrodesis                                      

3:15 - 3:35 pm     
Miscellaneous Procedures (Tendoscopy, small joint arthroscopy, etc.)    

3:35 - 3:45 pm         
Panel Discussion                    

3:45 - 5:00 pm        
Ankle Arthrodesis & Miscellaneous Procedures Lab                

5:15 - 6:15 pm        
Review of Day 1 Techniques/Procedures                 
Faculty Roundtable Discussion – Management of OLT    



7:30 - 8:00 am        

8:00 - 8:15 am        
Welcome to Day 2/Review of Day 1/Q&A                

8:15 - 8:30 am        
Complications of Arthroscopy                            

8:30 - 8:45 am        
Subtalar Arthroscopy                                

8:45 - 9:05 am        
Posterior Ankle and Subtalar Joint Pathology                 

9:05 - 9:20 am        

9:20 - 9:30 am    
Subtalar Arthroscopy (Anterior Approach) – Live Demo    

9:30 - 10:15 am    
Subtalar Arthroscopy (Anterior Approach) – Lab

10:15 - 10:25 am    
Posterior Ankle and Subtalar Arthroscopy – Live Demo             

10:25 - 10:05 am    
Posterior Ankle and Subtalar Arthroscopy – Lab

10:05 - 10:30 am    
Arthroscopic Assisted Trauma Surgery                    

10:30 - 10:55 am    
Subtalar Arthroscopic Arthrodesis – Lecture and Live Demo        

10:55 am - 12:00 pm    
Subtalar Arthroscopic Arthrodesis – Lab

12:00 - 12:30 pm    
Lab: Ankle and Subtalar Joint “Take Down”/Dissection”            

$2,025     ACFAS Members/Resident Members
$2,475     Non-Members/Non-Member Residents

The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Educationas a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. The American College of Foot and AnkleSurgeons has approved each of these activities for a maximum of 14 continuing education contact hours.

California Radiology Credit: Every hour of lecture in scientific sessions can confer up to 0.5 hour of radiologycredit.

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Book online by November 13

To participate in surgical courses, you will be required to sign a waiver of liability prior to the course. College policy mandates that every individual must wear protective wear provided by the laboratory during the lab sessions in order to participate in these courses. Course registrants are to bring their own scrubs to wear in the lab.

The ACFAS surgical skills courses are made available as an educational service to its members and other members of the podiatric profession. The ACFAS has not independently evaluated the content or techniques discussed or demonstrated by any faculty member. The ACFAS does not warrant or endorse any content or technique discussed or demonstrated by any faculty member. Statements about commercial products are solely the opinion(s) of the presenter(s) and do not represent a College endorsement or evaluation of these products. Additionally, any instrumentation shown/demonstrated during this program may or may not have received FDA approval.

Audio/video taping or recording or photographing of sessions is prohibited.

ACFAS routinely takes photos or video of participants in meetings and other course venues for news and other purposes. By registering for the course, you grant ACFAS permission to utilize photos of you have taken at the course for ACFAS purposes

In the United States, an income tax deduction may be allowed for education expenses undertaken to maintain or improve professional skills. This includes registration, travel, meals and lodging, subject to applicable limitations (see Treas. Reg. 1.162-5: Coughlin v Commissioner, 203 F.2d 307 (2d Cir.1953)).

If you have special needs addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act, or if you have special dietary needs, notify ACFAS at the time you register. Kosher meals can only be provided if requested two (2) weeks prior to the start of the course. 

Cancellations requests must be in writing. ACFAS incurs significant expenses prior to the event, so to minimize losses it is necessary that we maintain the following refund and cancellation policy:

  • Notification in writing by mail or by fax (800.382.8270) or via email at
  • Requests received a minimum of 6 weeks prior to the start of the course: full refund will be provided for all cancellations, less a $100 administrative fee.
  • Less than 6 weeks: no refunds will be provided. Exceptions will be considered for extenuating circumstances only, such as medical issues or a death in the family.
  • An alternate attendee from the same organization may be substituted at any time prior to the conference start with no penalty. However, if the original attendee is an active member and alternate is not, the difference in member/non-member rate must be paid at the time of substitution. Once a registration is made, it is considered final.

ACFAS reserves exclusive right to modify, postpone/reschedule or cancel programs for any reason, including but not limited to emergency, inclement weather, or other ‘acts of God’. Every attempt will be made to reschedule and registration fees will be applied to the rescheduled event date. Any travel, lodging, or incidental expenses incurred cannot be refunded by ACFAS under any circumstance. You may wish to consider personal travel insurance for such expenses. If a cancelled event cannot be rescheduled, ACFAS will determine an equitable basis for the refund of a portion, or all, of the registration fee.