Themes

  • Footwear/ Orthotics
  • Sports
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Biomechanics
  • Biomechanics (modeling and simulation included)
  • Diabetic foot 
  • Weight Bearing CT
  • Orthopedics
  • Pediatrics
  • Imaging

Two Special Sessions

Weight-Bearing CT
Chairs: Alberto Leardini and Francois Lintz

Diabetic Foot Biomechanics
Chair:  Sicco Bus

Confirmed speakers:

Alberto Leardini

Alberto Leardini

Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli, Bologna – Italy

Cesar de Cesar Netto

Cesar de Cesar Netto

University of Iowa, Iowa City-IA - United States

David G. Armstrong

David G. Armstrong

Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California

Dennis Bramble

Dennis Bramble

University of Utah, Salt Lake City - United States

Francois Lintz

Francois Lintz

International WBCT Society

Irene Davis

Irene Davis

Harvard Medical School, Cambridge - United States

Michael Rainbow

Michael Rainbow

Queen’s University, Kingston - Canada

Sicco Bus

Sicco Bus

University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam – Netherlands

Toni Arndt

Toni Arndt

Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences – Sweden; President of the International Society of Biomechanics, ISB)

Weight-Bearing CT Special Session

The foot and ankle are subject to a highly complex mechanical demand during daily living and sports activities: any biomechanical analysis shall therefore imply weight-bearing anatomical data. Recently, Weight-Bearing low dose Cone Beam Computed Tomography has enabled to obtain 3D representations and models of the foot and ankle under physiological load in daily clinical use as well as in the lab. This is a fundamental innovation which will strengthen clinical and biomechanical analyses. This special session will discuss techniques and applications of this new technology, both in research fields and clinical settings, for diagnosis, and for planning and assessment of treatments of foot and ankle disorders. 

Special Session - Diabetic Foot Biomechanics

Foot ulcers are one of the main lower-extremity complications of diabetes mellitus. Diabetic neuropathy changes the structure of the foot, affecting its function and, consequently, resulting in increased plantar pressures. These pressures are a predictive risk factor for the development of diabetic foot ulcers. Therefore, it is important to implement strategies to protect the foot from abnormal biomechanical loading. This special session will address the biomechanical aspects of the diabetic foot complications, advances in biomechanical assessments and new approaches to the prevention and treatment of foot complications in patients with diabetes mellitus.

ALBERTO LEARDINI

He is Director of the Movement Analysis Laboratory, Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli – Bologna (Italy). His initial research focused on methodological issues and clinical applications of gait analysis, including also three-dimensional videofluoroscopy, radiostereometry, and surgical navigation. He then received a DPhil at the University of Oxford on mechanics and prosthesis design of the ankle joint. He is now exploiting additive manufacturing and medical imaging for custom-design of orthotics and orthopaedic implants. He is author of 170 papers in peer-review journals (H-index 40; 9700 citations) and of 4 international patents.

He has been President of Siamoc, Technical Group 3-D Analysis of Human Movement, and Italian Digital Biomanufacturing Network. He is in the Steering Group of the International Foot & Ankle Biomechanics community (i-FAB) since the foundation, in the Research Committee of the European Foot and Ankle Society, and in the Scientific Board of the Weight Bearing CT Society. He is now President – Elect of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB).

The Collapsing Foot: Challenges in Diagnosis & Treatment & The Role of the Weight-Bearing CTs

Date: April 8th - Wednesday

CESAR DE CESAR NETTO

Dr. Cesar de Cesar Netto is an Orthopaedic Surgeon specialized in Foot and Ankle surgery. He serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. He had four Clinical Fellowships in Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery: University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo-SP, Brazil (2010); University of Alabama at Birmingham – UAB, Birmingham-AL (2016-2017); Hospital for Special Surgery – HSS, New York-NY (2017-2018); and Medstar Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore-MD (2018-2019). In his research, Dr.de Cesar Netto specializes in Foot and Ankle Surgery Disorders and Imaging of the Foot and Ankle, with focus on Flatfoot Deformity, Weightbearing Computed Tomography and Achilles Tendinopathy.

David G. Armstrong

Dr. Armstrong is Professor of Surgery at the University of Southern California. Dr. Armstrong holds a Masters of Science in Tissue Repair and Wound Healing from the University of Wales College of Medicine and a PhD from the University of Manchester College of Medicine, where he was appointed Visiting Professor of Medicine. He is founder and co-Director of the Southwestern Academic Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA).

Dr. Armstrong has produced more than 510 peer-reviewed research papers in dozens of scholarly medical journals as well as over 90 books or book chapters. He is co-Editor of the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Clinical Care of the Diabetic Foot, now in its third edition.

Armstrong was appointed Deputy Director of Arizona’s Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation (ACABI) and co-founder of its “augmented human” initiative, which places him at the nexus of the merger of consumer electronics, wearables and medical devices.

Dr. Armstrong was selected as one of the first six International Wound Care Ambassadors and is the recipient of numerous awards and degrees by universities and international medical organizations including the inaugural Georgetown Distinguished Award for Diabetic Limb Salvage. In 2008, he was the 25th and youngest-ever member elected into the Podiatric Medicine Hall of Fame. He was the first surgeon to be appointed University Distinguished Outreach Professor at the University of Arizona. He was the first podiatric surgeon to become a member of the Society of Vascular Surgery and the first US podiatric surgeon named fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Glasgow. He is the 2010 and youngest ever recipient of the ADA’s Roger Pecoraro Award, the highest award given in the field.

Dr. Armstrong is past Chair of Scientific Sessions for the ADA’s Foot Care Council, and a past member of the National Board of Directors of the American Diabetes Association as well as a former commissioner with the Illinois State Diabetes Commission. He sits on the Infectious Disease Society of America’s (IDSA) Diabetic Foot Infection Advisory Committee and is the US appointed delegate to the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF). Dr. Armstrong is the founder and co-chair of the International Diabetic Foot Conference (DF-Con), the largest annual international symposium on the diabetic foot in the world.

The Unexpected Cursor: Exploring the Uniqueness of Humans as Endurance Runners

Date: April 6th - Monday

DENNIS M. BRAMBLE

Dr. Bramble is currently Emeritus Professor of Biology at the University of Utah. He received his B.A. in zoology at the University of California, Davis. His M.S. and doctoral degrees were in vertebrate paleontology from U.C. Berkeley. In addition to the University of Utah, Dr. Bramble has had academic appointments at U. C. Berkeley and the University of Illinois, Chicago. He has also served as Visiting Scholar at Harvard University.

Dr. Bramble’s primary research interest has been in the area of vertebrate form/function relationships and their biomechanical basis when studied in an evolutionary context. His studies have appeared in numerous book chapters, symposia volumes and journals, including the two leading international science magazines, Science and Nature. His 2004 cover article in Nature (with co-author Dan Lieberman) was instrumental in shifting the focus from the biomechanical demands of bipedal walking to those of endurance running as a central factor in the evolutionary emergence of the modern human body. He is a co-author of the book, Functional Vertebrate Morphology. Dr. Bramble’s approach to research has always been question oriented rather than taxon focused. For this reason, his studies have ranged widely (e.g., from the closing mechanisms of box turtles to the biomechanical integration of respiration and locomotion in humans), although integrative studies of mammalian locomotion, including its anatomical, biomechanical and physiological underpinnings, have been a central theme in his work.

FRANCOIS LINTZ

Dr. Francois Lintz, MD, MSc, FEBOT, is a board certified, fellowship trained, senior consultant orthopedic surgeon, specialized in the Foot and Ankle, practicing in the Center for Foot and Ankle Surgery in Union Private Hospital of Toulouse, France. His initial training was in France (Board Certification, DIU AFCP, 2007) and Britain (F&A fellowship with Pr Ian Winson, Bristol, UK, 2009). He also acts as Chair for the Scientific Committee in the French Foot and Ankle Association (AFCP) and member of the Media and Fellowship committees of the European Foot and Ankle Society (EFAS). His main focus in research has been the development of 3D-Biometric measurement tools for Weight Bearing Cone Beam CT. A cause which he serves now as Vice-President of the International WBCT Society.

Pre Congress course

It’s time to think differently about footwear

Date: April 5th - Sunday

Keynote session

The Foot Core Paradigm: Let's Think Differently about the Foot

Date: April 8th - Wednesday

Irene Davis

PhD, PT, FACSM, FAPTA, FASB
Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Harvard Medical School
Director, Spaulding National Running Center

Dr. Irene Davis is the founding Director of the Spaulding National Running Center, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School. She received her Bachelors degree in Exercise Science from the University of Massachusetts, and in Physical Therapy from the University of Florida. She earned her Masters degree in Biomechanics from the University of Virginia, and her PhD in Biomechanics from Pennsylvania State University. She is a Professor Emeritus in Physical Therapy at the University of Delaware where she served on the faculty for over 20 years.

Dr. Davis’ research has focused on the relationship between lower extremity structure, mechanics and injury. Her interest in injury mechanics extends to the development of interventions to alter these mechanics through gait retraining. She is interested in the mechanics of barefoot running and its effect on injury rates, and is a barefoot runner herself. Along with gait analysis, her research encompasses dynamic imaging and modeling. She has received funding from the Department of Defense, Army Research Office and National Institutes of Health to support her research related to stress fractures. Dr. Davis has given nearly 300 lectures both nationally and internationally and authored over 100 publications on the topic of lower extremity mechanics during running.

Dr. Davis has been active professionally in the American Physical Therapy Association, the American Society of Biomechanics, and International Society of Biomechanics. She is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Society of Biomechanics, and a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association. She is a past President of the American Society of Biomechanics. She has organized and coordinated international research retreats on topics of the foot and ankle, anterior cruciate ligament injuries and patellofemoral pain syndrome. She has been featured on ABC World News Tonight, Good Morning America, Discovery, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Parade and Time Magazine.

Investigation of Human Foot Function Using Approaches in Imaging and Musculoskeletal Modeling

Date: April 7th - Tuesday

Michael Rainbow

Michael Rainbow received a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering (Biomechanics) in 2012 from Brown University, and completed a postdoctoral research position in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital – Harvard Medical School. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Queen’s University where he established the Skeletal Observation Laboratory. His research aims to understand the relationships between form, function, and dysfunction in multi-articular joint structures of the appendicular skeleton. To accomplish this, Dr. Rainbow uses a comparative approach that involves collaboration with researchers in evolutionary biology, orthopaedics, rehabilitation, computer science, exercise science, and motor control.  

SICCO BUS

Dr. Sicco Bus is a human movement scientist and associate professor, principle investigator, and head of the Human Performance Laboratory at Amsterdam UMC, Academic Medical Center, department of Rehabilitation in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He completed his PhD in 2004 on the biomechanics of the diabetic foot. Sicco is program leader and member of the board of the Amsterdam Movement Sciences research institute. He chairs the study group of Neurovascular Complications of Diabetes in the Netherlands, and is member of the editorial board and chair of the Prevention and Offloading working groups of the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot, which is tasked with the development of clinical practice guidelines.

Theme: What’s happening in my Achilles tendon? The effects of running in different footwear

Date: April 6th - Monday

TONI ARNDT

Toni Arndt is a professor in biomechanics at the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, where he is also Dean of research. Toni is President of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB). He has a very international background with university studies in New Zealand, Australia, Germany and Sweden. Toni’s research career has predominantly been dedicated to Achilles tendon biomechanics, foot kinematics and lower leg function, both in terms of basic and applied science.