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Training for Health Professionals

We offer in-person and online seminars and other training opportunities throughout the year, including:

Comprehensive Management of the Neuropathic Foot

This course combines classroom instruction and hands-on techniques for a comprehensive approach to managing the insensitive foot.

Dates: TBD in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.

Cost: None

Training Facility Location:

9181 Interline Avenue,
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Call: 1-800-642-2477 (toll-free) | 225-756-3761
Fax: (225) 756-3760
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Approximately 20 miles from the Baton Rouge airport. And 85 miles from the New Orleans airport. Exit at O’Neal Lane from Interstate 12 (I-12).

What will you learn?

  • Understand the features of neuropathy;
  • Perform a foot screen, assign risk category, and formulate an appropriate treatment plan;
  • Understand the rationale and benefits of a basic prevention program;
  • Learn the treatment principles for neuropathic foot lesions;
  • Understand the causes of foot ulcerations;
  • Identify charcot foot deformities and describe their role in ulcerations;
  • Identify the four mechanisms by which patients develop plantar ulcers;
  • Identify bony deformities and biomechanical faults which place the patient at high risk;
  • Apply a cast or splint used for the treatment of foot ulcerations;
  • Describe orthotic and footwear appliances used to reduce foot pressure;
  • Correctly measure shoe fit in the high risk individual.

Who should attend?

  • Nurses
  • Physical Therapists
  • Podiatrists
  • Orthotists
  • Pedorthists
  • Diabetic Educators

Where can you stay?

You can find many major hotel accommodations within one to five miles of the training facility.

Can you receive continuing education credit?

Yes. Continuing Medical Education (CMEs) will apply for:

  • Louisiana State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
  • C.E. Board for Certification in Pedorthics
  • Contact hours pending approval by the Louisiana State
    Nurses Association (LSNA), an accredited approver by the
    American Nurses Credentialing Center, Commission on
    Accreditation.

Diagnosis & Treatment of Hansen's Disease in the United States

This seminar will improve health care providers' understanding of the unique characteristics and current concepts in the diagnosis and treatment of Hansen’s disease (leprosy).

Date: TBD in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.

Cost: None (limited seating)

Training Facility Location:

National Hansen's Disease Program
9181 Interline Avenue,
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

What will you learn?

  • National Hansen's Disease Program (NHDP) mission and general concepts of Hansen’s disease (HD)
  • Biological characteristics of M. leprae
  • Pathological changes in the skin and nerves from HD
  • Cardinal signs and criteria for diagnosis
  • Current treatment protocols recommended for HD in the United States
  • Management of two types of HD reactions
  • Physical changes due to inflammation of the skin and nerves and secondary neuropathic changes (face, hands, feet)
  • Prevention of disability

What will the course include?

  • Clinical Aspects
  • Treatment of Uncomplicated HD
  • Immunology of HD
  • Pathology of HD
  • Management of Reaction
  • Eye Care in HD
  • Patient Presentations
  • Dermatological Aspects
  • Differential Diagnosis
  • Disability Prevention
  • Ambulatory HD care in the United States

Who should attend?

  • Dermatologists
  • Infectious Disease Specialists
  • Primary Care Providers
  • Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Other Medical Specialists, ER and Urgent Care Physicians (particularly those residing in areas of high prevalence such as California, Florida, Texas, Louisiana, New York, Massachusetts and Hawaii)

Can you receive continuing education credits?

Yes.

  • Contact hours pending approval by the American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Contact hours pending approval by the Louisiana State Nurses Association (LSNA), an accredited approver of continuing nursing education

Online Courses

Comprehensive Management of the Neuropathic Foot

We modified our seminar “The Carville Approach to Management of the Neuropathic Foot" for an online environment. We cover time-tested principles and protocols effectively proven to prevent amputation in the lower extremity due to neuropathy.

Cost: Free

Continuing Education: Receive Continuing Medical Education (CMEs) for Louisiana Physical Therapy Board and/or American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics

Register: Complete the application form (PDF - 110 KB)

Once you register, we'll send you a username and password. You'll then have 24 hour access to the course materials.

You must complete all modules and post-tests within two weeks. Once you complete the course, we'll mail you a certificate of completion.

Who should take this course?

Any health professional working with patients who have lower extremity neuropathy.

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Orthotists
  • Pedorthists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Podiatrists

What will you learn?

This course will help you assess and treat the neuropathic foot and evaluate protocols (or treatment options). We also provide ways to reduce injuries and amputations.

Upon completion, you will be able to:

  • Understand the characteristics of lower extremity diabetic neuropathy
  • Identify the cause(s) and mechanical process of ulceration
  • List the five elements of the Lower Extremity Amputation Prevention (LEAP) program
  • Assign a patient into a risk category based on evaluation results
  • Formulate an appropriate management plan according to risk category
  • Describe orthotic and footwear appliances used to reduce foot pressure

What do you include in the lecture series?

Six modules provide the background theory. They also give you practical evaluation and treatment tools you can apply immediately in the clinic.

  • The Insensitive Foot: Mechanisms of Injury
    James Foto, BSME, C.Ped.
  • Lower Extremity Amputation Prevention
    Denise Brasseaux, PT, C.Ped., CWS
  • Foot Screen
    Dane Hupp, PT, CP, BS EX PHYS
  • Conservative Management of Neuropathic Foot Injuries
    Denise Brasseaux, PT, C.Ped., CWS
  • Footwear for Injury Prevention
    Alicia Hoard, LOTR, C.Ped.
  • Management of Charcot Fractures
    Ronnie Matthews, M.D. & Dane Hupp, PT, CP, BS EX PHYS

Who are the course instructors?

James Foto, BSME, C.Ped. is the former senior biomedical research engineer in the Paul W. Brand Biomechanics Laboratory at the National Hansen's Disease Programs. His understanding of pathomechanics of ulceration stems from his knowledge of plantar pressure and in-shoe materials, on which he has also extensively lectured and published. He obtained his bachelors of science in mechanical engineering from Louisiana State University. He is a state registered professional engineer and a board certified pedorthist.

Denise Brasseaux, PT, CPed., CWS is the former Chief of the Physical Therapy Department at the National Hansen's Disease Programs. She received her BS degree in Physical Therapy from Louisiana State University Medical Center, New Orleans. She worked at the National Hansen's Disease Programs for over 18 years and developed expertise in the area of neuropathic foot management which includes wound care and pedorthics.

Dane Hupp, B.S. Exercise Physiology, M.S.P.T., C.P. received his Bachelors degree in Exercise Physiology from Kansas State University in 1988 and his Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of Kansas Medical School in 1990. After working in the field for three years, he attained his prosthetic certification from Northwestern University in 1993. He has 26 years experience working with the insensitive foot and has been working at the National Hansen's Disease Programs for the past 19 years.

Alicia Hoard, LOTR, MOT, CPed. is the former Chief of the Hand and Occupational Therapy Department at the National Hansen's Disease Programs. She received her Bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University and her Master's from Texas Women's University. She was involved in patient care, professional training, and clinical research. She has over 25 years working in the management of neuropathic limbs.

Ronnie Matthews, M.D. graduated from the Louisiana State University Medical Center in 1974 and has been the Orthopedic Consultant for the National Hansen's Disease Programs for over 30 years. He has extensive experience performing reconstructive surgery and managing the neuropathic hand and foot.

Single Day Seminars

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

For nurses, physical and occupational therapists, social workers and other allied health specialists.

Contact Mickey Templet for a schedule of upcoming seminars, a brochure and registration form

Observational Training

What is observational training?

An opportunity for those working, or planning to work as as professional Hansen's disease (leprosy) personnel, to learn current concepts in the management of Hansen's disease (leprosy). 

Typically, we offer highly specialized training in clinical aspects, rehabilitation methods, or clinical laboratory methods.

Is there a curriculum?

We don't provide a prescribed curriculum. We tailor training to provide an appropriate learning experience for each individual we accept to the program.

Who can take the training?

Generally, we accept practicing professionals in medicine or science. We recommend you begin by attending one of the two-day medical seminars above.

When do we offer it?

We offer observational training throughout the year. Training may last several days to one month, depending on individual needs.

Date Last Reviewed:  November 2020


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