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


Dear Members and Friends,

AFAS - Christophe Pearce

Following the success of the first of the ESSKA Speciality Days in 2019 in Madrid it is a great pleasure to announce the long-awaited next edition in Warsaw on 24 and 25 November 2023.

In the first meeting in Madrid the topic from ESSKA-AFAS was ‘from trauma to arthritis – where do we stand’. We had some excellent lectures and lively debates, and we hope to build on this in Warsaw.

The theme of the Warsaw program will be ‘instability in the athlete’s foot and ankle – beyond the lateral ligaments’ and we are pleased to announce Piotr Badylak as our local Polish partner. We are committed to generating an atmosphere whereby the expert speakers are challenged on controversial topics that, as yet, do not have high levels of evidence in order to guide management.

There will also be plenty of opportunities to present free papers on any aspect of instability in the foot & ankle and we encourage you all to submit your work.

The AFAS section is growing, and we truly hope that this trend will continue. The Speciality Days is an intimate meeting and a great opportunity to network and debate with colleagues whose passion is in sporting conditions of the foot and ankle. After 2 years of seeing each other only on computer screens this is all the more exciting. See you in Warsaw!


Christopher Pearce




AFAS Team:

Christopher Pearce, Singapore

Piotr Badylak, Poland

Daniël Haverkamp, The Netherlands

Pietro Spennacchio, Luxembourg


After attending the AFAS Programme of ESSKA Speciality Days, the participants will be able to:

  1. Understand current concepts and trends in the treatment of peroneal tendon subluxation.
  2. Review and update knowledge on Syndemsosis Injuries.
  3. Describe the optimal investigations and treatments for Lisfranc injuries in athletes
  4. Understand the considerations and steps towards return to play for injured athletes
  5. Have a greater understanding of medial and microinstability of the ankle and its treatment
  6. Assemble a valuable network of international colleagues.
  7. Evaluate and debate new trends, techniques, treatment, and diagnostic procedures.