Online Course
Assessment of the Ankle
The key to providing successful treatment is becoming proficient in the examination

1-1.5 hours





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Helene Simpson
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Helene is an experienced physiotherapist and lecturer who specialises in the ankle-foot complex

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Functional assessment is when clinicians bring together their knowledge of foot and ankle anatomy with the history of a patient's injury: the type, the extent and the mechanism. The end result is a framework that contains a timeline for treatment, a list of further referrals if needed, a treatment plan and a treatment strategy. However, a detailed examination is key to a successful treatment.


This course aims to provide clinicians with foot and ankle assessment tools to develop successful treatment strategies.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • discuss key components of the subjective interview
  • identify red flags related to foot and ankle assessment
  • provide five or more examples of different tests used to assess the foot and ankle
  • provide at least one example of a patient-reported outcome (PRO) related to the foot and ankle injury

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
Overall, this course is a highly recommended resource for healthcare professionals, particularly those involved in orthopaedics, sports medicine, and physiotherapy. It offers a comprehensive overview of ankle assessments, equipping practitioners with the knowledge and skills to effectively evaluate and manage ankle injuries. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced practitioner, this course is a valuable asset in your professional development.
John Lee
We have a saying in our African villages that "the human being begins to die by the feet and the legs." This illustrates why you should take this course.
Joseph Jean Alain FOTSO
Helene is truly fantastic! She is an expert in teaching with humility but a great understanding of her field. And I know she has built the course on years of real-life patient exposure, and now her knowledge is so useful to all of us.