Foot and ankle

Foot pain affects increasing numbers of people in our communities, and has a significant impact on quality of life. AOTrauma’s foot and ankle curriculum offers a wide range of competency-based activities and resources that support your educational needs.

Foot and ankle education taskforce

The foot and ankle education taskforce is a group of experts who build and continuously improve our educational program.
It consists of three international program editors (IPEs).

Stefan Rammelt

Stefan Rammelt (DE)

Term: 2015—2020

Michael Swords

Michael Swords (US)

Term: 2017—2019

Cristian Ortiz

Cristian Ortiz Mateluna (CL)

Term: 2019—2021

See a full list of all regional program contributors and past international program editors.

Curriculum events

The AOTrauma courses for foot and ankle are modular face-to-face educational events further complemented by expert modules/symposia and self-directed learning opportunities.

  • AOTrauma Course—Foot and Ankle Trauma and Reconstruction (4 days)
  • AOTrauma Course—Foot and Ankle Trauma (2 days)
  • AOTrauma Course—Foot and Ankle Reconstruction (2 days)
  • Complementary Anatomical specimen lab (1 day)
  • Complementary add-on modules (eg, sports injuries)


Target audiences

  • Foot and ankle specialists early in their careers
  • Generalists (orthopedics) spending about 20 percent of their time on trauma (including community surgeons)
  • Foot and ankle experts
  • Trauma surgeons


Courses and webinars

Explore our database and search for foot and ankle events.

AO Surgery Reference

Check out the foot and ankle modules of our online repository.

Competency-based education

Learn more about our approach to education. 

Members only

AO Videos

Explore our video hub and look for foot and ankle videos.

Faculty only

Faculty center

Access additional resources for chairpersons and faculty.


The curriculum is based upon 8 competencies:

  1. Perform adequate clinical evaluation and workup
  2. Recognize the potential for higher complication rates in patients with comorbidities, and plan appropriately
  3. Apply appropriate timing and staging in the treatment of fractures and dislocations, including polytrauma
  4. Recognize the indications and goals for reconstruction and perform procedures or refer, subject to expertise
  5. Select and perform appropriate surgical procedures, including handling of soft tissue
  6. Apply the principles of internal fixation and bone healing, including minimally invasive surgery
  7. Educate the patient regarding rehabilitation and prescribe an appropriate program
  8. Recognize and manage early and late complications


To address feedback or questions to this education taskforce, email the Curriculum Development Manager Jane Thorley Wiedler or

Stefan Rammelt
“This curriculum redesign promotes interactive learning and offers a robust and flexible framework to build education that improves health care delivery. I'm sure it will equip our surgeon learners with better tools for improving their patients' outcomes.” 

Stefan Rammelt  (DE), member of the foot and ankle education taskforce

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