Little Rock Welcomes the PFA 53rd Annual Symposium & Exhibition

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PFA President Jay Zaffater, CPed, presents Dane LaFontsee, CPed, with the Seymour Lefton Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jeremy Long, CPed, demonstrates hands-on casting techniques. His “patient” is Tamara Daulton, CPed, LPed.

Attendees visit the exhibition hall.

Donald L. Pierson, CPed, CO, speaks at a general session.
Photographs by Chuck Fazio, courtesy of the Pedorthic Footcare Association.

Despite the havoc wreaked by Superstorm Sandy across the Eastern Seaboard, which affected travel plans nationwide, for those who battled rain, wind, and delays, Little Rock, Arkansas, was the place to be November 1–3 for the Pedorthic Footcare Association’s (PFA) 53rd Annual Symposium & Exhibition. This year’s call for submissions brought in a record-breaking number of abstracts. Covering all aspects of the pedorthics profession, the program challenged attendees to focus on various issues facing the pedorthic community. From clinical, business, and social topics to hands-on demonstrations, speakers and presenters were selected from a variety of allied healthcare practices and the business sector. They offered the international audience insights into the changes and developments in treatments, techniques, and business opportunities available to pedorthic professionals, not only in the United States, but worldwide.

Symposium attendees had the opportunity to earn continuing education from their respective certifying organizations. The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics (ABC) granted up to 18 science and business continuing education credits plus two Category II credits for attending the exhibit hall, and the Board of Certification/ Accreditation, International (BOC) granted up to 18 Category I and II continuing education units plus a quarter unit for each exhibitor visited.

Workshop highlights this year included topics such as preventive treatments and developing new business and practice models in a changing and challenging economy. Specifically, Louis DeCaro, DPM, lectured on the “Top Five Pediatric Sports Injuries: How to Prevent Them by Treating the Foot”; while Rachel Eisenfeld, CPed, presented “The Challenges and Success of a Mobile Orthotics Business.” Other presentations centered on how the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and other pending legislation, Medicare, and other health insurance issues could affect the business side of pedorthic practices and the profession as a whole.

Dane LaFontsee, CPed, past president of the PFA, was honored with the Seymour Lefton Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication and promotion to further the pedorthics profession.

The PFA’s 54th Annual Symposium & Exhibition will be held October 31–November 2, 2013, at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, Boston, Massachusetts.

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