Unpacking Carbon Fiber Ankle-Foot Orthosis - Not All Carbon Foot Prints are the Same

Des Moines, IA US
September 11, 2018



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September's IPTA SW District Meeting will be held in the Munroe Building!
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Target Audience

IPTA Southwest District members, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, students.


7 pm

Unpacking Carbon Fiber Ankle-Foot Orthosis - Not All Carbon Foot Prints are the Same
Travis Carlson, CPO, LPO, Clark & Associates Prosthetics and Orthotics

  • Discuss the “where and why” of carbon fiber.
  • Take a brief look at the literature.
  • Discuss the significant increase in utilization.
  • Un-pack the different functional mechanics of three main manufactures of Carbon AFO lines.
8 pm

IPTA Southwest District Meeting

If you have an item you'd like to add to the IPTA Business Meeting agenda, please email Katie Stevermer at Catherine.Stevermer@dmu.edu.

9 pmAdjourn


Travis Carlson, CPO, LPO
Clark & Associates Prosthetics and Orthotics

Travis Carlson is a partner and certified prosthetist-orthotist and practice manager at the Des Moines office of Clark & Associates. He is responsible for all aspects of patient care, as well as overseeing all clinical and business activities in this office. Carlson graduated from Northwestern University with degrees  in prosthetics and orthotics. He fulfilled his orthotic residency in the Chicago area, providing acute and outpatient care at multiple Chicago area hospitals including Northwestern Memorial.

Carlson completed his prosthetic residency with Clark & Associates while traveling to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C., to provide care to the men and women wounded in military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Carlson routinely provides care that covers the complete spectrum of prosthetic and orthotic services. He has in-depth experience in the areas of pediatric orthotics (including cranial remolding helmets), functional electric stimulation devices and microprocessor-controlled prosthetic systems.

Full biography

Relevant to the content of this educational activity, Mr. Carlson indicated he has no financial relationships with commercial interest companies to disclose. 


  • Danielsson A, Sunnerhagen K.  Energy expenditure in stroke subjects walking with a carbon composite ankle foot orthosis. J Rehabil Med 2004;36(4);165-168.
  • Alimusaj M, Knie I, Wolf S, et al. Functional impact of carbon fiber springs in ankle foot orthosis. Orthopade 2007;36(8):752-756.
  • Bregman DJ, van der Krogt MM, de Groot V, et al.  The effect of ankle foot orthosis stiffness in the energy cost of walking: a simulation study.  Poster presented at 13th ISPO world conference, Leipzig Germany, May 2010.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
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Course expires: 
Event starts: 
09/11/2018 - 7:00pm CDT
Event ends: 
09/11/2018 - 9:00pm CDT
Des Moines University
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Munroe Building
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States
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Des Moines University is located on a 22-acre campus in the heart of Des Moines, Iowa. Just west of downtown on Grand Avenue, the University is located in one of Des Moines' most prestigious neighborhoods. The campus is in a historic neighborhood filled with tree-lined streets and gracious older homes and businesses. Its central location makes it easy to access the rest of the city and outlying communities. The campus is close to the Des Moines International Airport, located on the bus line and just blocks from local shopping and downtown Des Moines.


Continuing Education Credit

Certificates of attendance will be given for 1.0 continuing education contact hour.


No commercial interest company provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 


Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. They will also disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas. The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)


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