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Welcome to the Shimokitazawa Hospital Podiatric Course. This course provides the necessary continuing education credit hours towards Foot & Ankle Pathology. It will provide modules and assessments towards understanding common foot disorders.  The course includes content selected by the hospital administration to provide nearly 10 hours of asynchronous material covering an introduction to topics such as orthotics, peripheral vascular disease, principles in pediatric lower extremity pathology and pediatric pes planus and pes cavus.

Target Audience:  MDs 

Faculty:  Adrienne Estes, DPM

Learning Objectives

  1. Contrast, classify and characterize tumors, verruca, and cysts related to the nail.
  2. List and briefly define the major biomechanical theories related to foot type and gait cycle.
  3. Understand the steps in orthotic fabrication, assess a negative cast and the orthotic plate.
  4. Understand the epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of patients with peripheral arterial disease, venous disease and lymphedema.
  5. Review the various etiologies that can lead to neuropathy and understand the clinical presentation, diagnostic options and treatment related to neuropathy.
  6. Discuss the definition of pes cavus, the biomechanical deformity related to pes cavus.
  7. Understand interventions for pes cavus.
  8. List and define the numerous types of neuromuscular disorders that can relate to pes cavus.
  9. Understand the treatment options related to pes cavus in association with neuromuscular disorders.
  10. Management and review of Pes Planus including biomechanical rationale, gait analysis, clinical findings, and treatment options.
  11. Understand planal dominance.
  12. Review the pertinent components of a pediatric history and physical exam.
  13. Review legal considerations when assessing a pediatric patient.
  14. Recall the pertinent abnormal clinical and diagnostic findings when evaluating a pediatric patient with rigid pediatric flatfoot.
  15. Understand the potential complications from treatments from rigid pediatric flatfoot including treatment options.
  16. Recall the differential diagnosis that may be associated with pediatric pes cavus deformities.
  17. Apply nonsurgical and surgical treatment options for pediatric patients with cavus deformities.

Commercial Support

No commercial interest provided financial support for this continuing education activity. Faculty and planning committee disclosures are available from event coordinator upon request.

Non-Discrimination Policy

All continuing education activities follow the WesternU Non-Discrimination, Anti-Harassment and Non-Retaliation policy. Any person on the planning committee, instructors, staff, registrants, and attendees are agents of WesternU, thus the policy applies to these aforementioned categories of people to provide a safe environment that promotes educational activities.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards and requirements for approval of providers of continuing education in podiatric medicine. Western University of Health Sciences College of Podiatric Medicine (WesternU CPM) is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. WesternU CPM has approved this activity for a maximum of 9.25 continuing education contact hours (CECH) for any one fiscal cycle.

* This course was developed, and its content authored, by Western University of Health Sciences College of Podiatric Medicine faculty.

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