Offloading the Diabetic Foot: A Physical Therapy Perspective, Day 1
Section: Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management
Session Code: CE-P1-8312
Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:15 PM
Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
Room: 207B

Speaker(s):   Beth Altenburger, PT, CWS
  Cordell "Corky" Atkins, PT, DPT, CWS, CDE, CPed
  Shelley Swen, PT, DPT, CWS
  Deborah Wendland, PT, DPT, PhD, CPed

Session Type: Preconference Courses
Session Level: Intermediate

This session will provide attendees with practical knowledge that will be applicable to people with diabetes or other neuropathic conditions. Through lecture and lab time, instructors will help the PT and PTA to better assess the offloading needs and tissue tolerance of each person with neuropathy. Participants will have opportunities to perform a variety of offloading techniques, including total contact casting and total contact padding. This course will provide the participant with the opportunity to practice and apply the techniques discussed. It is designed for the physical therapist and physical therapist assistant involved in wound care.

Learning Objectives:

1. Describe available offloading options
2. Select the most appropriate offloading device in a clinical setting
3. Discuss the purpose of offloading
4. Describe physical stress theory
5. Apply offloading techniques
6. Apply orthotics and footwear to offload the diabetic foot
7. Describe the use of a dremel
8. Describe physical therapy?s role in offloading the diabetic foot

CEU: 1.6

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