i-FAB Announcement Virtual Conference

Dear Colleagues,

Due to the global spread of COVID-19, we’ve made the hard decision to replace the in-person International Foot & Ankle Biomechanics Meeting (iFAB 2021) with a virtual meeting, especially because it is still not clear that the face-to-face format scheduled to be held on April 2021 would be safe to our attendees and above all our paramount concern is the safety of our delegates, speakers, exhibitors, guests, and the general society.

Our Congress is known as an experience where all colleagues come together to hear from great leaders, to network and most of all, get together as friends. This year, while our ability to come together in person may be limited, the need for us to connect as a professional is more important than ever.

This innovation will certainly encourage the participation of more delegates around the word, providing an opportunity to exchange experience with a large networking without borders. The great advantage of this format is giving as many people as possible access to speakers from different countries, which would have university travel restrictions or a busy agenda, preventing their coming in April 2021 to Brazil.

The conference program has been improved by the local and the international committee, in order to allow more oral presentations and more poster sessions to provide opportunities for delegates interaction, through an especially chosen interactive platform with a Live forum where participants can ask and answer questions anytime.

The system for abstract submission is already reopen and the deadline for submission is October 20, 2020. Although we will not meet in person in São Paulo next April, we invite you to be with and make our community come together virtually to achieve our mission.

Here it goes some important information:

✅ i-FAB 2021 will still be held on April 11-14, 2021 as virtual event through a modern, dynamic, and friendly platform.
✅ All the program will be managed to take place virtually.
✅ All oral presentations will be 5 minutes long, with an opportunity for questions and answers live at the end of each session.
✅ Poster sessions: the authors will be able share videos of their presentations and interact with audience.
✅ Exhibitors can interact with attendees through a virtual room designed for them.
✅ All Social events to be host in a virtual environment.
✅ Discussion / chat boards will facilitate additional discussion/interaction.

The registration fee has been substantially reduced to suit with the new event format and also, it will help us to expand and reinforce our scientific community to take part of this promising meeting.

We would like to express our gratitude for all those involved somehow at the congress and we hope that we can count on your flexibility on this transition. Your participation is very important to make i-FAB 2021 greater than ever.

All information regarding to the congress has been updated on the conference website https://www.i-fab2021.com/, such as program, registration fees, refund policy, reopening of the abstract submission system, etc. We recommend you to keep track of the information constantly published at our website to be always up to date.

For any clarification or request, please, contact us at registrationbrasil@mci-group.com or call +55 21 2286-2846.

Warm regards,

Isabel Sacco
Chair of the i-FAB 2021 & Organizing Committee

Peripheral Neuropathy, Claw Toes, Intrinsic Muscle Volume, and Plantar Aponeurosis Thickness in Diabetic Feet

This study examined the relationships between claw toe deformity, peripheral neuropathy, intrinsic muscle volume, and plantar aponeurosis thickness using computed tomography (CT) images of diabetic feet in a cross-sectional analysis.Forty randomly-selected subjects with type 2 diabetes were chosen for each of the following four groups (n = 10 per group): 1) peripheral neuropathy with claw toes, 2) peripheral neuropathy without claw toes, 3) non-neuropathic with claw toes, and 4) non-neuropathic without claw toes. The intrinsic muscles of the foot were segmented from processed CT images. Plantar aponeurosis thickness was measured in the reformatted sagittal plane at 20% of the distance from the most inferior point of the calcaneus to the most inferior point of the second metatarsal. Subjects with concurrent neuropathy and claw toes had thicker mean plantar aponeurosis (p < 0.006) and may have had less mean intrinsic muscle volume (p = 0.083) than the other 3 groups. A negative correlation was observed between plantar aponeurosis thickness and intrinsic muscle volume (R2 = -0.323, p < 0.001). Subjects with concurrent neuropathy and claw toe deformity were associated with the smallest intrinsic foot muscle volumes and the thickest plantar aponeuroses. Intrinsic muscle atrophy and plantar aponeurosis thickening may be related to the development of claw toes in the presence of neuropathy.

William R. Ledoux, PhD | Research Career Scientist