ESSKA-AFAS brings together the key figures in sports-related ankle and foot pathology, with a special focus on arthroscopy. This European pool of expertise aims to:

  • create the best environment for research
  • ensure that discoveries and best-techniques are disseminated
  • improve the profile of sports-related ankle and foot practitioners
  • enforce professional standards, thus ensuring the best care for patients with sports-related ankle and foot injuries

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN

Dear ESSKA and AFAS members,
dear colleagues, dear friends,

 

We notice a continual rise in the interest in Foot and Ankle pathology, proven by the increase in our membership numbers at approximately 35 % in the last two years. In the last decade, many new techniques have been introduced and evaluated by high level quality research. We are happy that active ESSKA-AFAS members are a big part of these developments and we will try to support that wherever possible.

Due to the Corona Virus pandemic a lot of activities were put on hold, but initiatives like a combined SICOT-ESSKA-AFAS webinar on the athletes ankle were held. Also this period gave us time to reflect on the goal of being a Section where we stated that our purpose is to create a European pool of expertise which aims to:

  • create the best environment for research
  • ensure that discoveries and best-techniques are disseminated
  • improve the profile of sports-related ankle and foot practitioners
  • enforce professional standards, thus ensuring the best care for patients with sports-related ankle and foot injuries

To reach these goals, we invested in collaboration with other groups, publications, books, consensus meetings, cadaveric courses and congresses.

Our alliance with the Ankle Instability Group (AIG) and the Achilles Tendon Study Group (ATSG) has already led to excellent meetings and books, but more is still to come. Also our collaboration with the ISCRA in the International Congress on Cartilage Repair on the Ankle is ongoing since 2012. The congresses are of high standard and the combination with closed consensus meetings gives us the opportunity to spread the knowledge in the field of foot and ankle surgery. For the coming period more can be expected from this collaboration. An ICCRA meeting will be organized in Los Angeles, and an Ankle instability congress will be organized with the topic of medial instability.

And off course we will provide interesting ICL’s and symposia for the ESSKA Speciality Days and the ESSKA Congress. Furthermore, we will continue with our annual Pau Golano research fellowship, which is awarded to J. Dahmen in 2020. The selection for 2021 will start in the Autumn of 2020.

An important way to share knowledge is giving courses, the All about.. cadaveric courses which we will plan for the coming period. Topics will be in line with the recently published ESSKA Core Curriculum.

As in the past, we will support many meetings over the next two years and try to be active. A combined symposium with SICOT is planned on their congress in Budapest but we also look forward to many other local initiatives.

We are lucky that AFAS has the firm foundations of a world class yet incredibly sociable scientific Society. I encourage everyone to share ideas and develop friendships over wine and food at the many ESSKA-AFAS events that we have planned and please encourage your colleagues to join us AFAS , to join our events and to become future leaders in foot and ankle surgery.

The ESSKA Speciality Days will be a culmination of our activities, initiatives and hard work.  We hope you will join us in Warsaw in September 2021, an event which promise to be an enriching, engaging and exciting experience.

Yours sincerely,

Daniel Haverkamp

ESSKA-AFAS Chairman 2020-2022