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Dr. Louis DeCaro

Louis J. DeCaro. DPM is a Podiatric Physician who specializes in pediatrics with a special interest in sports medicine and biomechanics for both adults and pediatrics. Dr. DeCaro is President and fellow of the American College of Foot & Ankle Pediatrics (ACFAP).

Dr. DeCaro is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry. He also shares a patent on foot types. He is in private practice in West Hatfield and a member of the surgical & medical staff at Franklin Medical Center as well as Holyoke Medical Center.

In 2017 Podiatry Management Magazine named Dr. DeCaro one of the most influential podiatrists in the country. During 2018 he has been granted the prestigious honor of becoming a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow. As well during 2018 he was honored with being asked to give the Commencement Address for his Podiatric Alma Mater Barry University

In 2014 Dr. DeCaro started the first ever International Pediatric Foot & Ankle Conference. Now In its 6th year he not only organizes the conference and lectures, but gathers a mix of many different specialties of medicine from around the world to present. And attend. Four times a year he also runs a 1 and 2 day Biomechanics Masters Class around the United States which teaches practitioners comprehensive biomechanics of both the pediatric and adult patient. 

Dr. DeCaro is the Director and originator of the Adult & Pediatric Gait Labs Biomechanics Clinic, which takes place biweekly at his West Hatfield office. It is a multidisciplinary clinic, which evaluates the most challenging of biomechanics patients, and helps to find them answers through orthoses and therapy. Dr. DeCaro is an international lecturer on the topics of podopediatrics and biomechanics. He has lectured over 250 times in over 10 countries. 

Development & Biomechanics: Milestones of the feet from birth to teen

This lecture will teach practitioners age specific biomechanical protocols in kids of all ages. They will learn how to perform a quick and easy 5-minute functional assessment that can efficiently and accurately determine each patient’s foot type and thus need and justification for intervention. Application of that information will allow participants to know exactly what type of functional orthotic is best suited for each patient, and thus how to select the correct orthotic prescription. It will teach participants how to understand the origins of biomechanically based chief complaints, and give them the confidence to educate the patient on why orthotics are important and why they work! They will learn the biomechanical origins of “growing pains,” common pediatric sports injuries, and the genesis of most adult foot and orthopedic kinetic chain problems. Participants will be given all the tools they need become the biomechanical pediatric experts they desire to be!

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