UA Arthritis Center Lecture: Solving Problems of the Foot and Ankle

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UA Arthritis Center Lecture: Solving Problems of the Foot and Ankle

UA Arthritis Center:
September 19, 2017

About the Lecture:

Each of our feet contains 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 120 muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. These all work together to support the weight of our body, act as shock absorbers, keep us balanced, and push us forward with each stride. On average, we spend about four hours standing on our feet every day and take about 5,000 individual steps. Because feet are small compared to the rest of our body, they receive an enormous impact with each footfall.

According to The New York Times, approximately 75% of people in the United States have foot pain at some time in their lives. A study recently found that foot pain generally starts in the toes, the forefoot, or the hindfoot. The most common foot problems experienced by women are morton's neuroma, bunions, heel pain, plantar fasciitis, and ankle sprain. Hallux Rigidus (stiff big toe), achilles tendon injuries, ankle sprains and broken toes are the most common foot problems experienced by men. In addition, approximately 25% of the United States population has flat feet.

Join us as Dr. Daniel Latt shares the latest approaches to both non-surgical and surgical interventions for foot and ankle problems. Topics discussed will also include the anatomy and biomechanics of the foot and how to prevent injury and overuse.  Dr. Latt will offer the latest research findings and recommendations for a wide variety of foot and ankle problems ranging from achilles tendinitis to bone spurs, bunions to hammer toes, plantar fasciitis to fractures of the foot and ankle and beyond. He will detail the role of body alignment and movement in foot and ankle health, along with sharing an orthopaedic surgeon's inside look at advanced forms of diagnosis and treatment.

About Dr. Latt:

Dr. Latt earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2002. He completed residency training in orthopaedic surgery at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He is fellowship trained in sports medicine (UC San Diego) and foot and ankle surgery (Duke University).

Dr. Latt specializes in the care of injuries of the shoulder, knee, ankle and foot. He is particularly interested in complex lower extremity reconstruction and realignment, cartilage injuries, patellofemoral disorders (joint formed at femur/kneecap), degenerative disorders of tendon and arthroscopy of the ankle, knee and shoulder. He also has a special interest in dance medicine and is the medical director of the dance medicine clinic at the University of Arizona.

In addition to his medical degree, Dr. Latt earned a PhD in bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He has experience in both human movement analysis and joint biomechanics. His current research interests include the development of ultrasound for the functional imaging of tendons, the study of joint contact pressures in the ankle and the patellofemoral joints (joint formed at femur/kneecap), the study of the specialized properties of bone, and the use of patient-reported outcomes following lower extremity surgery.

Dr. Latt has served in a number of leadership roles in professional societies through which he has sought to improve the evidence base for orthopaedic care by increasing the quantity and quality of orthopaedic research performed. He is currently the chair of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Research Committee and a member of the managerial board of the Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Research Network. He is the also the vice chair of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon's Board of Specialty Societies Research Committee.

Dr. Latt is also committed to improving orthopaedic research through medical publishing. He is a longtime reviewer for both sports medicine and foot and ankle journals (American Journal of Sports Medicine, Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine, the Journal of Sports Medicine, Foot and Ankle International, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research and the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery), he has been on the editorial board of the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine since its inception, and in 2016, he became the founding editor of Foot & Ankle Orthopaedics, the online open access sister journal to Foot & Ankle International. 

Tickets for the Event:

Prior registration is required, however it is not necessary to bring a printed ticket to the lecture.  This event is free.

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