South African Foot Surgeons’ Association

The South African Foot Surgeons’ Association (SAFSA) is a society of South African orthopaedic surgeons with a special interest in the medical and surgical management of foot and ankle pathologies. We have quarterly meetings for presentations, topic discussions and difficult case presentations. SAFSA organises a foot and ankle congress biennially, with international guest speakers. A foot and ankle instructional course is presented at every third SAOA congress by the society. The association promotes research and education in foot and ankle surgery.

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Another year has flown by at a tremendous pace. Although not as busy as the previous year SAFSA has had a productive and enjoyable year.The first quarterly meeting of 2018 took place in February in Cape Town. The year started off with a bang as we had the privilege of Pascal Rippstein presenting talks at the meeting. Pascal took time out of his holiday to visit with us. It is having these kinds of relationships amongst foot and ankle colleagues around the world which makes this subspecialty so special. New industry regulations are making it extremely difficult to fund meetings and attend congresses. We are grateful to the companies who have supported SAFSA in the past but are no longer able too, due to these restrictions. As a result, it is no longer viable to have all members meet in one city for the quarterly meeting. Fortunately, with current technology, we were able to come up with a solution. Groote Schuur has a state-of-the-art audio-visual facility which allows for interactive web conferencing. We feel that it is still important for members to meetup and thus have main venues in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. Members can attend the meeting at one of the venues and still interact with all the centers through the web conferencing. For those members who are unable to get to one of the main centers they can login from their home computer and also interact. We had our first meeting in this format in May, which worked very well. Mark Myerson actually attended this first meeting and presented a great talk and gave valuable advice on difficult cases presented by the members. Mark Myerson has been awarded honorary membership to the SAOA for his role in promoting and growing the field of foot and ankle surgery in South Africa. Through his selfless dedication and hard work, he has established himself as a leader in foot and ankle surgery around the world, whilst always having a special place in his heart for South Africa. In conclusion, I would like to thank the exco and all SAFSA members for their support and dedication throughout the year in making this association so special.
Paulo Ferrao
   
 

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