Advanced Clinician Series: Ankle and Foot

Advanced Clinician Series: Ankle and Foot

This course is designed to combine the expertise of the surgeon and physical therapist, giving course participants access to the complete process of pre-op, operative, and post-op protocols, and how to apply clinical reasoning to make an effective treatment plan.

It will take place from 8:00 am CST to 1:30 pm CST.

This activity has been approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 5.50 CCUs for PTs and PTAs.

The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association.

The Ohio Physical Therapy Association (OPTA) has approved this course for continuing education in Ohio.

The Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy has approved this course for continuing education in Arkansas.



  • Identify relevant ankle and foot anatomy
  • Understand and identify common pathologies of the ankle and foot and the healing process of tendons, ligaments and bones
  • Understand and recognize a variety of differential diagnosis techniques for the ankle and foot when evaluating a patient
  • Understand when surgical interventions are warranted and how they are performed
  • Identify and justify appropriate rehab intervention techniques for various ankle and foot diagnoses (acute, chronic, and post-op care)
  • Exercise prescription, Exercise bio mechanics; Exercise dosage; Stretching theory/application; Exercise progression.
  • Understand how shoe inserts are customized and when they are warranted as well as proper shoe selection and recommendations.
  • Bonus! Owning and Operating a Physical Therapy private practice

Investment: $200


Dr. Aaron Albers, DPM, FACFAS, Consultant, PT Entrepreneur

A specialist in podiatric medicine, Dr. Aaron Albers provides surgical and nonsurgical treatment for the full range of foot and ankle disorders, including sports injuries, structural abnormalities, diabetic foot, and nerve disorders. Dr. Albers is board certified by the American Board of foot and ankle surgery.

Medical education:

  • Doctor of podiatric medicine, Barry University, Miami
  • Podiatric residency, Kingwood medical center, Houston, where he focused on foot and ankle surgery, reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgery, trauma and sports injuries, diabetic foot management and limb salvage/wound care.
  • Texas native
  • Member, American College of foot and ankle surgeons and American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery

Blerim Dibra graduated with his doctorate of physical therapy (DPT) from Florida international university in Miami, Florida in august 2010, and has had extensive experience in orthopedic, acute care, neuro and home health with both adults and pediatrics. He discovered that his passion lies in outpatient orthopedics, and pursued that passion by owning and operating a successful PT/OT clinic in homestead, Florida, and currently owns and operates a successful practice in Minot, North Dakota.

Dr. Dibra strongly believes that the key to success in outpatient rehabilitation is in collaboration of physical therapists and surgical specialists to ensure excellent outcomes. Over the last nine years of attending continuing education courses all over the country, Dr. Dibra felt there was a disconnect in the collaboration between surgical and conservative perspectives, and even with the high-quality content of each course, there were always questions left unanswered. In an attempt to bridge this gap, he teamed up with a podiatrist to present both perspectives side-by-side so that all questions can be answered and discussed, and the practical applications learned can be implemented immediately.