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PD Event

Biomechanical Essentials of the Pediatric Patient Both Before and After 9 Years Old

Pre-Recorded Webinar Available: November 17-23, 2019

Discussion Forum: November 24-30, 2019


Approved for 5 Structured Continuing Education Points by The College of Pedorthics of Canada.

Program Description

This lecture will teach practitioners age specific biomechanical protocols in kids of all ages. They will learn how to perform a quick and easy 5-minute functional assessment that can efficiently and accurately determine each patient’s foot type and need and justification for intervention. Application of that information will allow participants to know exactly what type of functional orthotic is best suited for each patient, and how to select the correct orthotic prescription. It will teach participants how to understand the origins of biomechanically-based chief complaints, and give them the confidence to educate the patient on why orthotics are important and why they work! They will learn the biomechanical origins of “growing pains,” common pediatric sports injuries, and the genesis of most adult foot and orthopedic kinetic chain problems. Participants will be given all the tools they need become the biomechanical pediatric experts they desire to be!

Learning Objectives:

  1. To understand how to identify the basic biomechanical principles of the foot and lower extremity as a function of gait, and recognize the affect pathological foot conditions have upon normal gait.
  2. To understand the most common foot and ankle pathologies associated with podopediatrics involving orthotic treatments. Age specific protocols of the 1-18 year old patient will be discussed.
  3. Understanding the long-term implications of foot types in starting with children and their correlation and prevention of many common adult kinetic chain pathologies including but not limited to bunions, hammertoes, neuromas, plantar fasciitis, and other common podiatric adult complaints.
  4. Understand how to select the appropriate orthotic design and selection based on pathological foot-type prior to and after forefoot varus/valgus starts to plays a role.


Louis J. DeCaro, DPM, FACFAP is a Podiatric Physician who specializes in pediatrics with a special interest in sports medicine and biomechanics for both adults and pediatrics. Dr. DeCaro is President and fellow of the American College of Foot & Ankle Pediatrics (ACFAP). Dr. DeCaro is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry. He also shares a patent on foot types.

He is in private practice in West Hatfield and a member of the surgical & medical staff at Franklin Medical Center as well as Holyoke Medical Center. In 2017 Podiatry Management Magazine named Dr. DeCaro one of the most influential podiatrists in the country. During 2018 he has been granted the prestigious honor of becoming a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow.

Dr. DeCaro is the Director and originator of the Adult & Pediatric Gait Labs Biomechanics Clinic, which takes place biweekly at his West Hatfield office. It is a multidisciplinary clinic, which evaluates the most challenging of biomechanics patients, and helps to find them answers through orthoses and therapy.


PAC Members: $100 + tax

Non-Members: $125 + tax