AO Trauma Course—Foot and Ankle Trauma

AO Trauma’s foot and ankle curriculum offers a wide range of competency-based activities and resources that support your educational needs. The Masters-level course is aimed at traumatologists, orthopaedic surgeons and other surgeons actively engaged in the treatment of foot and ankle fractures, who want to increase their level of specialization in lower limb treatment.

The courses teach current concepts and techniques of complex foot and ankle surgery, aiming at full functional restoration of the injured foot. Participating surgeons concentrate on the application of surgical planning and advanced techniques in the management of complex foot and ankle injuries.

Why you should choose this course

Top national, regional, and international faculty

2-4 days in duration

For surgeons who already treat foot and ankle fractures

Network with colleagues from all over the world

CME credits

Course content

  • Course modules
    • Module 1: Ankle trauma 
      • Module 1a: Ankle fractures
      • Module 1b: Pilon fractures
    • Module 2: Hindfoot trauma
      • Module 2a: Calcaneal fractures
      • Module 2b: Talar fractures
    • Module 3: Midfoot trauma 
      • Module 3a: Lisfranc fractures
      • Module 3b: Chopart/navicular fractures
    • Module 4: Forefoot trauma
    • Module 5: Soft-tissue trauma
    • Module 6: Anatomical specimen workshops full day
    • Module 7: Minimally invasive osteosynthesis
  • Practical exercises
    • Pilon Fracture:
      • Perform a lateral and an anteromedial approach to treat a C-type pilon fracture
      • Apply a medial DCP distal tibial plate to fix a pilon fracture
    • Calcaneal fracture:
      • Identify the fragments of a typical calcaneal articular fracture, perform a lateral L-shape calcaneal approach,
      • Reproduce the fixation with a calcaneal locking plate
    • Lisfranc fractures:
      • Perform dorsomedial and dorsolateral approaches to fix a Lisfranc injury
      • Perform a staged fixation of multiple rays
      • Lisfranc dislocation
      • Perform fixation of the first, second and third rays with plates
      • Review the principles of Lisfranc injuries fixation+
  • Anatomical Specimen Workshops

    Specimen 1

    • Talar neck fracture approaches
    • Talar dome exposure; fibular and medial malleolar osteotomies
    • Gastroc slide (ensure long enough specimens)
    • Lapidus
    • Plantar plate repair
    • Minimally invasive approach for calcaneal fractures
    • Sustentacular approach for calcaneal fractures
    • Pilon approaches

    Specimen 2

    • Posterior ankle scope
    • Subtalar arthroscopy
    • SPLATT
    • Interosseous tibialis posterior tendon transfer
    • Extensile lateral approach for calcaneal fractures
    • Posterior bone block arthrodesis
    • Compartment syndrome release (foot/leg)
    • 1st metatarsal osteotomy for the correction of hallux valgus
    • 1st MTPJ fusion
    • FHL tendon transfer for Achilles or peroneal insufficiency
    • FDL tendon transfer for flatfoot

Course details may be subject to change. Please check your chosen date and location for the detailed program.

Target audience

  • Foot and ankle specialists early in their careers
  • Generalists (orthopedics) spending about 20 percent of their time on trauma (including community surgeons)
  • Foot and ankle experts
  • Trauma surgeons

Course impressions


The curriculum is based upon 8 competencies:

  •  Perform adequate clinical evaluation and workup
  • Recognize the potential for higher complication rates in patients with comorbidities, and plan appropriately
  • Apply appropriate timing and staging in the treatment of fractures and dislocations, including polytrauma
  • Recognize the indications and goals for reconstruction and perform procedures or refer, subject to expertise
  • Select and perform appropriate surgical procedures, including handling of soft tissue
  • Apply the principles of internal fixation and bone healing, including minimally invasive surgery
  • Educate the patient regarding rehabilitation and prescribe an appropriate program
  • Recognize and manage early and late complications

What does competency-based curriculum development mean?

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Manual of Fracture Management—Foot and Ankle

Foot and ankle education task force

The foot and ankle education taskforce is a group of experts who build and continuously improve our educational program. It consists of three international program editors (IPEs).

Keen-Wai Chong (SG)

Term: 2021–2023

Lori Reed (US)

Term: 2022–2024

Igors Terjajevs (LV)

Term: 2023–2025

See a full list of all regional program contributors and past international program editors.

“This curriculum redesign promotes interactive learning and offers a robust and flexible framework to build education that improves health care delivery. I'm sure it will equip our surgeon learners with better tools for improving their patients' outcomes.”

Stefan Rammelt (DE), former member of the foot and ankle education taskforce

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