Tradeshow Workshops

Allard USA will be presenting at the following tradeshows. Be sure to attend and earn CEUs!

Friday, June 28th, 2024

PRIMEFARE EAST

Manufacturers Workshop: "Orthotic Management of Soft Tissue Dysfunctions"

Any number of orthotic interventions are available to help in the healing process of soft tissue injuries and dysfunctions such as Insertional Achilles Tendinopathies or Posterior Tibialis Tendon Dysfunction leading to Adult Acquired Flatfoot deformity. Medical evidence shows that many traditional interventions weaken already weak structures and, in the process, inhibit healing.

This course summarizes 37 published articles regarding disruption leading to the diagnosis of Insertional Achilles Tendinopathy and describes medical evidence relating to the biomechanics of soft tissue healing. This presentation leads to guidance on which evidence-based intervention would create the best orthotic environment to optimize healing of soft tissue dysfunctions.

Time: 1:15pm - 3:15pm

Speaker: Robert H. Meier, CO

Saturday, June 29th, 2024

PRIMEFARE EAST

Manufacturers Workshop: "Prosthetic Management of Partial Foot Amputations"

The incidence of partial foot amputation is increasing and so is the diversity of ideas on how to manage them. Failure and reamputation rates are troublesome. There are little data in literature relative to destructive shearing forces that occur because of amputation, and no data were found on the acquired limb length deficit that occurs secondary to partial foot amputation.

New information on postop management of partial foot amputations will be presented that offers a consistent protocol to successfully manage the residuum. The protocol involves managing shearing forces a to help preserve the residual limb and correcting the acquired limb length deficit to restore more normal gait function.

Time: 10:15am - 12:15pm

Speaker: Robert H. Meier, CO

Saturday, August 3rd, 2024

FAOP

Manufacturers Workshop: "Solutions for Partial Foot Amputations"

The incidence of partial foot amputation is increasing and so is the diversity of ideas on how to manage them. Failure and reamputation rates are troublesome. There are little data in literature relative to destructive shearing forces that occur because of amputation, and no data were found on the acquired limb length deficit that occurs secondary to partial foot amputation.

New information on postop management of partial foot amputations will be presented that offers a consistent protocol to successfully manage the residuum. The protocol involves managing shearing forces a to help preserve the residual limb and correcting the acquired limb length deficit to restore more normal gait function.

Time: 8:00am - 9:00am

Speaker: Robert H. Meier, CO

Thursday, September 12th, 2024

AOPA

"Solutions for Contracture Management with Dynamic Joints utilizing a Multidisciplinary Team Approach"

Contractures create significant challenges as we try to achieve proper alignment for our prosthetic and orthotic interventions. Contractures can be acquired in numerous patient populations through a variety of means. Understanding the difference between orthopedic, neurological, or mixed contractures is critical in helping patients manage those contractures. Data show that neurological contractures respond best to a low load prolonged stretch (LLPS) approach to regain range of motion and therefore function. The various origins of contractures are presented, and then clear and concise evidence-based protocols are presented to reverse contractures and restore functional ROM. The velocity dependent stretch reflex mechanism is reviewed and integrated into treatment protocols to optimize outcomes. On the practical side of the equation, orthotic interventions are introduced to facilitate management of both orthopedic and neurological contractures.

Time: 8:00am - 10:00am

Location: MWA-10

Speaker: Flora Versyck, CPO, PT

Thursday, September 12th, 2024

AOPA

"Lower Extremity Product Selection Guidelines for Children with Neuromuscular Disorders"

There is a huge array of orthotic options available to help manage lower extremity dysfunctions in the pediatric population. Knowing which level of orthotic intervention is supported in research for which level of dysfunction can be a daunting task. The goal of this program is to demystify the selection process by presenting published data to provide guidance that is both timely and practical. This course will identify those different levels of intervention and link them to the appropriate level of dysfunction. It will also identify patient presentations in which Allard carbon composite pediatric AFOs (KiddieGAIT™, KiddieROCKER™, and the new patented KiddieFLOW™) will be the best selection to achieve optimum outcomes.

Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm

Location: MWB-8

Speaker: Robert H. Meier, CO

Thursday, September 12th, 2024

AOPA

Prosthetic Alignment: The Shoe Factor (“Everything Changes When the Shoe Hits the Ground.”)

Enhance alignment optimization and component performance. Explore the interaction between shoes, prosthetic components, and patient outcomes with customized solutions. Compare prosthetic design basics, refine P-level use, assess rocker soles, rollover shape, and foot length ratio’s clinical impact. Understand footwear's role in prosthesis selection for patient outcome. Discover alignment protocols, providing support for better life. Alignment matters, because “Everything changes when the shoe hits the ground.”

Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Location: MWC-8

Speakers: Steve Hughes, LFo, LO, & Jack Richmond, CPOA

Friday, September 13th, 2024

AOPA

Product Preview Theater: "Pure Motion, Pure Composite: Introducing Meracus, Allard’s Patented Prosthetic Foot"

Time: 10:25am - 10:55am

Location: Exhibit Hall A

Friday, September 13th, 2024

AOPA

Product Preview Theater: "Partial Foot, Part I: Before Fabrication Begins, Learn Criteria to Control Pressure Distribution, Friction, and Shearing Forces"

Time: 11:35am - 12:05pm 

Location: Exhibit Hall A

Friday, September 13th, 2024

AOPA

Product Preview Theater: "Partial Foot, Part II: 12-Steps to Fabricate a Partial Foot Prosthesis"

Time: 1:55pm - 2:25pm

Location: Exhibit Hall A

Friday, September 13th, 2024

AOPA

Technical Presentation: "Model for the Management of Partial Foot Amputations"

The incidence of partial foot amputation is increasing and so is the diversity of ideas on how to manage them. Failure and reamputation rates are troublesome. There are little data in literature relative to destructive shearing forces that occur because of amputation, and no data were found on the acquired limb length deficit that occurs secondary to partial foot amputation.

New information on postop management of partial foot amputations will be presented that offers a consistent protocol to successfully manage the residuum. The protocol involves managing shearing forces a to help preserve the residual limb and correcting the acquired limb length deficit to restore more normal gait function.

Time: 3:45pm - 4:30pm

Location: W209B

Speaker: Robert H. Meier, CO

Saturday, September 28th, 2024

ASHT

"Optimal Positioning - Minimal Waste"

This session will discuss the positioning of the hand with orthoses and choice of material and product from biomechanical, environmental, cost, time consumption, and design related perspectives. Diagnoses covered include trauma, OA, and neurological conditions with some extra focus on the pediatric hand. Practical tips and techniques for orthotic fabrication and sustainable choice of material and product will be presented. Additionally, we demonstrate hands-on construction of custom-made orthoses as well as adaptation of prefabricated orthoses.

Time: 6:30am - 7:30am

Location: TBA

Speaker: Margareta Persson, OTR, Sr. Hand Therapist