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Diabetic Foot Ulceration: Plantar Pressure and Footwear

Course #: 03-1044

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CE Credit Hours: 6.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours

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Course Description

CEU Course Description

The diabetic foot remains one of the most serious complications of diabetes mellitus and excessive peak plantar pressure has been identified as a major risk factor for ulceration.  The goals of this CEU course are to identify groups of subjects with similar patterns of forefoot loading and verify if specific groups of patients with diabetes could be isolated from non-diabetics, classify regional plantar pressure distributions, determine which factors predict plantar pressures, compare the plantar pressures of diabetes patients that had peripheral neuropathy and those with neuropathy with active or previous foot ulcers, investigate the prevalence of, and factors associated with, wearing inadequate outdoor footwear, and analyze the efficacy of a rigid rocker sole to reduce the recurrence rate of plantar ulcers.

CEU Course Objectives

1.  Determine which type of sole reduces the risk of recurrence in patients with previous history of plantar ulcer in the metatarsal heads.

2.  Explain how the selection of therapeutic footwear should be determined.

3.  Identify which global factor was significantly associated with pressure in the heel model.

4.  List four recommended characteristics for adequate footwear.

5.  Name three important factors in the relationship between clinical and structural variables and either in-shoe or barefoot plantar pressure in diverse diabetes populations.

6.  Provide the loading pattern that has been linked to the important weight-bearing function of the second metatarsal and its restricted mobility at the Lisfranc joint.

CEU Course Syllabus

  Pressure Distribution and Mechanical Management   1.0 Contact Hours  
  Comparative Clustering with Diabetic Polyneuropathy   1.0 Contact Hours
  Predictors of Barefoot Plantar Pressure   1.0 Contact Hours
  Pressure Comparison of Active Ulceration vs No Active Ulceration     0.9 Contact Hours
  Inadequate Outdoor Footwear in At-Risk Populations   0.9 Contact Hours
  Efficacy of Therapeutic Footwear   1.2 Contact Hours

Total = 6 Contact Hours
Instructional level:  Intermediate

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