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The Foot's Connected Too...Assessment and Treatment of Dysfunctional Feet and Clinical Applications
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Sponsored by San Jose District, CPTA

4/16/2016 to 4/17/2016
When: April 16-17. 2016
From 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where: Good Samaritan Hospital, Mission Oaks Campus
Outpatient Rehabilitation Services
15891 Los Gatos Almaden Rd
Los Gatos, CA  95032
United States
Presenter: Greg Wolfe, President, C.Ped., BOCPD, Biomechanical Services Inc.
Contact: Ann Vivian PT, NCS

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Course Description

The Foot’s Connected Too… is a clinical course intended to help improve your knowledge of foot function and how it affects movements and forces throughout the lower half of the body. Fundamental assessment protocols and treatment regimens for managing patients with foot pain and foot related dysfunction throughout the kinetic chain are described and shown in laboratory.

This course will help you identify and determine how tri-plane motions for six primary joints of the foot and ankle influence phasic foot, limb and pelvis positions and motions up the chain. Gait analysis is explored to determine which functional events of human walking should be of concern to the observer when analyzing specific segments for biomechanical significance, including how video replay can be used to focus your analysis. The primary determinant of sub-talar joint neutral position, how it relates to assessing the severity of lower extremity mal-alignments and it’s relation to the Foot Posture Index (FPI) is demonstrated. The effects of footwear on foot function, including the application of foot orthoses (Orthotics), functional and accommodative, are shown. Strategies for prescribing shoe wear and foot orthoses are discussed. Assessment and Treatment Strategies for common foot pathologies are described, correlated to causes and directed toward clinical applications.


At the end of this presentation you will be better able to determine which compensatory patterns of the foot are treatable, describe how those patterns affect the limb and pelvis biomechanically and specify clinical foot interventions for a variety of lower extremity pathologies.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, the participant will be able to:
1. Describe the anatomy and tri-plane joint biomechanics of the foot and ankle complex.
2. Differentiate between efficient and inefficient foot function as it relates to lower half gait biomechanics during walking.
3. Perform an intermediate biomechanical examination focused on foot biomechanics of the lower kinetic chain.
4. Discuss the interdependence of foot biomechanics in relation to the entire lower kinetic chain during gait and functional activities.
5. Make a neutral position plaster impression mold of the feet for fabricating customer foot orthoses.
6. Compare and contrast various footwear options as they relate to described foot types and their effects on gait.
7. Integrate as appropriate custom or non-custom orthotic therapy options into the treatment plans of patients with lower quarter pathology.
8. Develop specific orthotic treatment options for common foot pathologies.
9. Implement exercise protocols to complement orthotic therapy applications and orthotic troubleshooting strategies for managing patients with dysfunctional foot mechanics.


Greg Wolfe is co-founder and President of Biomechanical Services, Inc. in Brea, California. He is certified in Pedorthics by the American Board of Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics and by the Board of Certification International. Greg has been actively helping professionals integrate clinical biomechanics, foot function and orthotic therapy for thirty-five years. His particular interest in how foot and leg dynamics impact human locomotion, throughout the lower half of the body, was developed as a result of unique exposure to clinical research and applied principles in biomechanics. This course is setup to address many common questions Greg has fielded over the years. After thousands of orthotic consultations and hundreds of clinical in-services, this course brings it all together.


Course Schedule:

Day 1: 8:00pm-5:00pm
8:00 – 8:15 Welcome
8:15 – 8:45 Foot & Ankle Anatomy/Terminology - Planes of Motion and Functional Units
8:45 – 9:30 The Mechanically Efficient Foot
9:30 - 10:00 Gait Parameters
10 minute break
10:10 - 10:55 Neutral Position, Dysfunctional Foot Types & Associated Pathologies
10:55 – 12:00 Locate Neutral Position of the STJ & Find the Foot Types
12:00 -1:00 Lunch (on your own)
1:00 – 1:30 Biomechanical Evaluation - Demonstration
1:30 – 3:00 Biomechanical Evaluation – Lab
10 minute break
3:10 – 5:00 Impression Casting for Foot Orthoses

Day 2: 8:00pm-4:00pm
8:00 - 8:30 Review Day 1
8:30 – 9:15 Footwear
9:15 – 10:15 Orthotic Intervention: Literature Review for Clinical Applications; The Laboratory Process:Positive Cast Preparation, Forming the Orthosis, Finishing & Covering
10 minute break
10:25 – 11:00 Posting Strategies
11:00 – 12:00 Specialty Applications: Components, Modifications & Pads for Specific Pathologies, including Differentiating Heel Pain
12:00 - 12:45 Lunch (on your own)
12:45 – 1:30 Biomechanical Evaluation and Indications for Orthotic Intervention
1:30 – 2:00 Observational Gait- Lab
10 minute break
2:10 – 3:00 Case Histories
3:00 – 4:00 Patient Management - Patient Education, Break In, Rehabilitation, Temporary Devices, Insurance, Trouble Shooting

Registration Fees

Registration Fee due April 2, 2016 (Make checks payable to San Jose District CPTA)
□ APTA Member* $375.00 (* copy of current APTA membership card required)
□ Non-APTA Member $600.00

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Send check and copy of APTA membership card (if applicable) to:
Ann Vivian PT, NCS
San Jose District CPTA
125 Connemara Way #132
Sunnyvale, CA. 94087


Cancellation Policy: A full refund less a $75 fee if cancellations made 2 weeks before the course. Notice of cancellation must be received BY EMAIL/MAIL no later than 2 weeks prior to the course. All fees will be refunded if the instructor cancels the course, however no other expenses incurred by registered participants will
be refunded.

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