Foot and Ankle

Foot and ankle

An online course for physical therapists / physiotherapists

Summary

This course introduces the foot and ankle complex for development of foundation knowledge that will enable you to effectively assess and treat foot and ankle conditions. Following an initial revision of the anatomy, structure and function of the foot and ankle we will explore common traumatic and pathological presentations in both the foot and ankle. This course will have a strong emphasis on differential diagnosis, to try and develop your clinical reasoning skills within this area.

Introduction

The foot and ankle play an essential role in all weight bearing activities as they provide contact of the human body with the ground. When walking, the foot contributes to shock absorption, adapts to uneven surfaces, and facilitates the forward propulsion of the body. In the presence of foot or ankle pain, which has been reported to affect nearly one in five of people, this important biomechanical function is disrupted leading to impaired balance, difficulty ambulating and a significant detrimental impact on health-related quality of life.

It is a complex area of the body that presents in all aspects of clinical practice, from diabetes to the high level sporting athlete. Common acute athletic injuries include ankle sprains, ankle fractures, turf toe, Lisfranc injuries, and overuse syndromes ranging from Achilles tendinopathy to stress fractures.  Other considerations include arthritis, inflammatory conditions, older people and the young person.

Best practice requires specific skills in assessment, treatment and rehabilitation when working with individuals with acute, chronic and complex conditions of the foot and ankle. The foot and ankle is a large topic and this course is therefore by no means exhaustive.

Outline

  1. Section 1: Structure and function of the foot and ankle
  2. Section 2: Assessment of the foot and ankle
  3. Section 3: Conditions of the ankle
  4. Section 4: Conditions of the foot
  5. Section 5: Final Tasks and Optional Assignment

Testimonials

Feedback from participants of previous courses:
It was great to be able to participate at my own pace without having a scheduled lecture or deadline. I liked the variety of different learning tools; such as videos, discussion points, articles and quizzes. Above all it was a neat experience to connect with PTs across the world.
Your efforts to present a balanced view of the research literature and expert opinions was much appreciated as is the mix of interviews, articles and book chapters. Each week I walked away with clinically relevant learning that translated readily into practice. It was also quite useful to get the perspectives of practitioners across the globe through the forum.
Following this course I want to maybe take a look at the tendinopathy course or new research on that. I wasn't aware that the eccentric loading exercise programs are kind of out of date now. The course made me aware of new research and things that I would have to explore further to incorporate into my clinical practice. Will definitely start using the star excursion balance test more and start with proprioceptive rehab of the non injured limb in the acute phase.
This course has made me more aware of paying more attention to dynamic vs static analysis. It has also made me aware to not come to a quick diagnosis as there are many conditions in the foot that have similar characteristics.
I love that there is an online option for which I can obtain CEU Credit!