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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.
This course aims to provide an introduction to common foot and ankle conditions that will enable you, based on up to date evidence and practice, to assess and treat a range of foot and ankle conditions from the diabetic foot to the high level sporting athlete.
- Section 1: Structure and function of the foot and ankle
- Section 2: Assessment of the foot and ankle
- Section 3: Conditions of the ankle
- Section 4: Conditions of the foot
- Section 5: Final Tasks and Optional Assignment
This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy professionals, clinicians and students.
This course is divided into 4 sections and it is suggested (but not required) that each section be completed over the duration of approximately a week. Please note that no deadlines are applied and this course can be started and completed according to your own schedule. We expect the required elements of each section/week to take around 16-18 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.
It’s not going to be easy, we’ll expect you to work hard for your completion certificate and PP+ points! You won’t be sitting back and watching webinars, we’ll expect you to reading tasks, complete quizzes, perform literature searches and other learning activities. You’ll need to reflect on your own experiences and contribute them within the discussion forum, this is where we can learn from each other’s experiences and knowledge from all around the world! 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 16 PP+ 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 you will need to:
- abide by the Physiopedia Plus Community Culture
- log as completed all the required reading and video viewing activities
- actively participate in the course forum discussions
- pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more
- complete a course evaluation form
At the end of this course you will be able to:
- describe the functional role of three anatomical structures in the foot and/or ankle
- explain how five muscles influence function at the foot and/or ankle
- identify three ways in which age can influence foot and/or ankle function
- recognise two presentations that would indicate referral for Xray following trauma to the foot and/or ankle
- identify an assessment technique to recognise vascular insufficiency in the foot
- identify two presentations that indicate that foot symptoms are of proximal origin
- choose an appropriate set of assessment tests based on a case scenario relating to ankle pain
- describe the mechanism of injury or pathology that contributes to three different conditions of the ankle
- describe the mechanism of injury or pathology that contributes to three different conditions of the foot
- identify four appropriate assessment measures to differentiate between different conditions affecting the foot
- identify three biomechanical differences that may contribute to foot and ankle pain
- identify and summarise a high quality published article that provides evidence for the management of a selected ankle or foot condition
- create an exercise program for an individual with ankle and/or foot pain related to their specific presentation
Australian Physiotherapy Council
APC Accredited Continuing Professional Development
South African Society of Physiotherapy
This course was submitted for accreditation with the SASP. You can start and finish this course and download the certificate at a later stage.
South African Society of Physiotherapy: PPB007/PT001/2021/023 (16 General CEUs Level 1)
Texas Physical Therapy Association
United States - Texas
The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #2312053TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT and PTA licensure renewal in Texas. This activity will provide 21.45 CCUs.
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Physioplus meets the CPD standards of the Health and Social Professions Council of Ireland (CORU). All activities completed on Physioplus are accepted and can contribute towards your continued professional development.
Physioplus meets the CPD standards of the Physiotherapy Board of NZ. All activities completed on Physioplus are accepted and can contribute towards your continued professional development.
United Kingdom UK (HCPC)
Physioplus meets the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) CPD standards and all activities completed on Physioplus are accepted by the HCPC and can contribute towards your continued professional development.
United States – Montana
The State Board does not pre-approve any activities or sponsors for CE credits. Physioplus courses should fulfil requirements for professional development as Category B activities.
United States – States accepting accreditation from other States
Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Virginia
The state board of physical therapy accepts courses accredited by other States. As a result, Physioplus courses should fulfil requirements for professional development based on the Texas Physical Therapy Association accreditation - please check with your state board.
United States – States not requiring accreditation
Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Utah, Washington
The state board of physical therapy either does not require course pre-approval or does not require CEUs for re-licensure. As a result, Physioplus courses should fulfil requirements for professional development - please check with your state board.
Very helpful for clinics and the theory is well written. This is the best course for foot and ankle and the quiz questions are based on practical aspect thus it is very necessary to take this course for our own improvement in clinical practice.
As a Dutch physio student, I loved this course for its recap and deeper dive into the anatomy and conditions of the foot and the ankle. It was more detailed and complete than what we were taught in school.
This was a well structured course on the foot and ankle!
Physiotherapist, United Kingdom
I highly recommend this course to review anatomy and knowledge of a wide range of conditions in the foot and ankle. This course had helped me improve my differential diagnostics and provided me with the most up to date evidence based treatment for each condition.
I was finishing the course in the physio staff room at a different hospital than I normally work in and I was telling the staff there about these courses and how great they are. I have finished the stroke and the foot and ankle courses and I have learnt so much from them despite having been a physio for 38 years.