Toronto podiatrist attends Midwest Podiatry Conference in Chicago

I believe it is essential for the modern podiatrist to attend medical conferences on a regular basis in order to stay current so that I can provide the most up to date care for my patients in my Toronto podiatry clinic. The Chicago conference was the third meeting I have been to in 2012. I previously attnede a seminar in Pittsbugh in February and a surgical conference in Barcelona Spain in January 2012.

I had the pleasure of attending several lectures on wound care, bunion surgery and laser treatments for toe nail fungus. Most of the laser companies were represented, including CoolBreeze laser (made by CoolTouch or Cool Touch), Cutera Genesis laser (Cutera),  Pinpointe or Pinpoint laser (Cynosure),  ClearSense laser or Clear Sense (Sciton),  Q-clear Q-switched laser (Light Age)  and the Fox diode laser. I discussed protocols with the company reps and other podiatrists and compared them to how I treat fungal nails using my long pulsed laser in my Toronto podiatry office.

I learned about the latest in digital X-ray technology including Reina 20/20 P-DR (20/20 Imaging), Simon Marathon (SimonDR), iCR3600 (iCRco) and ScanX (AllPro Imaging).

While I was there, I ordered some inexpensive soft insoles to provide  cushioning for patients who do not need custom orthotics, as well as some surgical instruments for use when I perform minimally invasive surgery to treat bunions (hallux valgus) hammer toes (crooked or contracted toes), bone spurs, corns and calluses (osteotomies) with local anesthetic in my office.

I also ordered some textbooks on antibiotics, diseases of toe nails and a textbook called Minimally Invasive Surgery of the Foot and Ankle for which I had the honour of writing a  chapter called "The modified Wilson osteotomy for the correction of hallux valgus" which is a technique  I use for treating bunions in my office with local anaesthetic. This type of foot surgery involves specialized instruments and reduces soft tissue trauma which can mean less pain and swelling and quicker return to normal activities following foot surgery.

For more information on minimally invasive foot surgery and laser treatment for thick yellow fungal toenails , or onychomycosis, please call my office today at 416-486-9917. My friendly staff will be happy to answer your questions and arrange a private consultation with me.

All work and no play makes Sheldon a dull boy, so I managed to go out for dinner and I caught the Chicago production of Jersey Boys, one of my all time favourite musicals about the life and times of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. After the show, I said hello to Joseph Leo Bwarie who plays Frankie Valli. I told him that I liked the show so much even after seeing it twice in Toronto that I couldn't turn down a chance to see it again  in Chicago. He was very personable and asked me lf I remembered which cast I saw in Toronto. I told him that I remembered him and several others of the Chicago cast from Toronto. I picked up an Jersey Boys poster autographed by the cast. I will get it framed and put it up in my Toronto podiatry office beside my Beatles and Elvis posters. If the show comes to your area, see it. You will enjoy it.