The American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine serves to further the understanding and prevention of lower extremity injuries in athletes. The conference called on a variety of doctors and professionals from around the world to share their knowledge, experience with groundbreaking technologies, and creative thinking in an effort to more effectively treat patients. Lectures on biomechanics, unique ways of approaching injuries, and new advancements in medical technology provided an eye-opening experience.
I was given the opportunity to speak at the conference. I underscored the importance of communication with the patient. The athlete’s narration of their own injury has been diminished by the role of technology in the medical world; the fact is, technology will never be able to tell a story like humans, and so we must look our patients in the eyes and really listen to what they are telling us. By listening to my patients, I gain important insight regarding their injury and pain, of which technology would have otherwise never illuminated.