Formthotics Masterclass

12th November 2022

AUT’s Akoranga Campus in Auckland

Dr Bob Eckles, Medical Director for Foot Science International, Richard van Plateringen, Director of Dunedin Podiatry.

During the two-day Formthotics Masterclass, Dr Bob Eckles (our medical director) will help take your patient assessment skills to the next level of detail and accuracy. You will be taught how to zoom in on the root causes of symptoms you may see every day. Then you will be guided through the all-important process of designing and creating a pair of orthoses that will reflect your clinical reasoning, accurately and neatly. It won’t stop there, either. You will be taught how to manage failure as a positive process, leading to improved patient outcomes.

During the course, you will also improve your skills in essential functional muscle testing and rehabilitation techniques to improve your orthotic therapy results. You will get to practice some popular strapping techniques, which can be used to provide temporary relief from the pain of injury. We will be comparing different types of modern running shoes, their impact on the body, and how orthoses should be designed to take into account different shoe characteristics.

View the full course programme here:

Who is this event designed for?
New Zealand podiatrists, of all levels of experience, currently using Formthotics in their practice, who would like to improve their practical skills.

What’s going to happen in these two days?
1. Classroom
– Learn and improve your patient assessment skills
– Improve your skills in essential functional muscle testing and rehabilitation techniques
– Useful strapping techniques
– Different shoe-types and how to complement them with orthoses

2. Lab
Take what you learned in the assessment class and produce a professional pair of Formthotics, which will achieve the desired outcomes, using sheet foam and glue. This section will take place in the lab at AUT and utilize the grinders.

Why should you attend?
– Increase your confidence in the lab
– Network with, and learn from, other medical professionals
– Take your orthotic therapy skills to the next level
– CPD points

Where is the masterclass held?
The course will take place at AUT’s Akoranga Campus in Auckland, so we have access to a classroom with plinths and a lab with plenty of grinders. Numbers are restricted so that each student will get personal attention for maximum benefit. This will be a fully catered event on both days.

Who will be the facilitators?
Dr Bob Eckles, Medical Director for Foot Science International. Dr Eckles has over 40 years of podiatry experience. He is a former Associate Dean of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and former Residency Director of Foot and Ankle Reconstructive Surgery, Metropolitan Hospital in New York. Dr Eckles will join other experts in the field to bring this course to you.

Richard van Plateringen, Director of Dunedin Podiatry. Richard has been in private practice for over a quarter of a century. He has also lectured at universities and facilitated numerous Formthotics courses during that time. Richard will be sharing some of his unique skills, including foot mobilization and strapping.

The heavily subsidized price of $350 + GST & Booking fee includes all training, materials, and catering.

*If Covid prevents the course from running, or you need to cancel your place on the course, we will provide a full refund of any money paid in advance except the Humanitix’s booking fee.

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