Pedorthic practitioners attending OSU Institute of Technology’s recent workshop gained techniques to benefit their patients and expanded their knowledge base of understanding. Sponsored by the university’s Health and Environmental Technologies Division, the workshop helped more than 50 practitioners learn new ways to design and fabricate orthotics. Included were custom-fitted shoe inserts designed to provide people with relief from many painful or debilitating conditions of the legs and feet, including those caused by diabetes.
Bruce Jensen, C.Ped., owner of Reuter’s Shoe Store in Topeka, Kansas, attended the workshop to learn more about pedorthics and how to fit diabetics with proper orthotic shoes. “At my store, I work with diabetics to fit them with orthotic shoes, so I wanted to learn more about the newest techniques. I myself have had diabetes for 25 years, so I’m familiar with the debilitating symptoms of the disease and the need for proper orthotic shoes.”
Division Chair Jerry Wilson says the university’s Orthotics and Prosthetics Program has a mission to provide high level, hands-on education to practicing pedorthists as well as other allied healthcare professionals. “This workshop was one of many we have held to update practitioners on the latest techniques to help their patients or customers.”
Topics at the workshop included: Pedorthic Techniques - UCBL; AFO Construction Techniques; Shoe Modifications and Orthosis Management; Predictive Biomechanical Evaluation Techniques; and Advanced Composites for Foot Orthoses.
OSU Institute of Technology’s Orthotics and Prosthetics Program Director, Keith Crownover, C.P.O., served as an instructor, as did many professionals from other organizations. Held in the university’s orthotics and prosthetics state-of-the-art labs, the workshop was sanctioned by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics.
One of the vendors to set up a booth at the workshop, Alan Johnson from P.W. Minor Company, says he is happy to provide support for OSU Institute of Technology’s program. “I worked with Jerry Wilson to start the Orthotics and Prosthetics Program in 1996, and I continue to support the program with supplies and marketing materials.”
Larry Young with Drew Shoe Company says he attended the workshop to show support for the program and network with the participants. “The university’s clinic often uses our shoes to fit their patients.”