Foot and Ankle

Foot and ankle

A comprehensive overview of physiotherapy of the foot and ankle
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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.

Aims

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.

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

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy professionals, clinicians and students.

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