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Dr. Brandon Maggen

Brandon is a South African qualified Podiatrist with over 24 years of clinical experience with special interests in clinical biomechanics, podo-paediatrics, diabetes and complex wounds. In 1999 he started Podiatry units in three trauma rehabilitation, two psychiatric and a Leprosy hospital while working for a Hospital Trust supporting the South African Government. He founded and co-owned the first digital orthotics laboratory in Cape Town and took great care in designing each of his patient’s orthotics personally by fusing examination with plaster and force-plates with 3D scanning and by so doing, he pushed orthotic manufacturing to the limits of that technology to obtain patient compliance and clinical outcome.

In 2015 he completed a MSc in Diabetes Medicine from the University of South Wales. Since then (until he and his family moved to Toronto in August 2019) he has been teaching the diabetic foot to endocrinology residents at the world-famous Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town. He recently successfully defended his thesis for his PhD in Physical Medicine focussing on fibula articulations and its implication on the lateral column.

Further, he was involved in the inception of the largest multi-disciplinary team for complex wounds in the Western Cape and was an active member for over five years. Adjunct to this he was the Podiatry content editor for the journal Wound Healing Southern Africa, only recently stepping down.

The immediate past-president of the Podiatry Association of South Africa, Brandon served 18 years on its Executive including two terms as its president. Full Fellowship was awarded to him by his colleagues in recognition of his contribution to podiatry in South Africa. He is also being considered for Fellowship for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow) to join its Podiatric Medicine Faculty.

Fibula articulations and its implication on the lateral column

The lateral column remains less research focussed than the medial column and yet clinical practice informs of just how vital it is to the understanding and correcting of biomechanical anomalies influenced and caused by it. One such influence is the fibula and in particular its proximal articulations with the tibia. This lecture will explore the various kinds of articulations and how they might be contributing to lateral column.


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