Online Course
Functional Anatomy of the Ankle
An anatomy lesson that sheds light on the incredible feat of engineering in the foot and ankle

2-2.5 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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Ankle and foot injuries are common musculoskeletal injuries in the general population, as well as in athletes of all levels. Injuries may occur when movements are performed excessively, repetitively, and for a long duration, thus exceeding tissue capabilities. The primary function of the foot and ankle complex is weight-bearing. Other functions include maintaining balance, upright posture and recognising body position in space. A good understanding of the relevant anatomy is essential for diagnosing and treating ankle and foot injuries.


This course aims to present foot and ankle anatomy that can be easily incorporated into a clinical setting.


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 2-2.5 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 1.9 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 the components of the active and passive foot and ankle systems
  • describe the location and role of the ankle and foot ligaments
  • detail the anterior, posterior and lateral lower leg compartments
  • discuss the role of the plantar fascia
  • identify neural and vascular connections of the ankle and foot

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
This course is a great way to revise the fundamental foot and ankle anatomy, with great descriptions, examples and videos. The coursework is not overly complicated and is taught in a systemic, easy-to-follow and understandable manner.
Maurice Valente
New Zealand
Helene's presentations are excellent and so relatable. She is so calm and conveys her knowledge in such a vivid way. A refresher of the anatomy reminds one of more things to consider.
Samantha Nupen
South Africa
Helen explains the working of the ankle so well in layman's terms that it helps to understand how and what is going on fundamentally.
Candice Leeuwendaal Leeuwendaal
South Africa
The lower leg compartment, the ankle and the foot are instrumental parts of the body in mastering the anatomical structure. Therefore, I invite all physiotherapists specialising in musculoskeletal disorders to follow this course! Very rich and edifying to enrich knowledge for the treatment of pain related to injuries and all other forms of rheumatism in the lower compartment of the leg, ankle and foot.
Joseph Jean Alain FOTSO
It is an incredibly relevant course for anyone looking to further their clinical and theoretical knowledge!
Ridhi Verma
United Kingdom
It is a fantastic and helpful course for all therapists interested in ankle rehabilitation. It provides clinical information and a new explanation of the functional anatomy of the ankle joint.
Mina Mekaeel
Helene articulates so clearly! She builds a trust with her audience that she knows what she is talking about. Helen has an enthusiastic and fun approach to explaining relevant biomechanics.
I have gained a lot of clinical knowledge, which I believe would enhance my therapy services!
Esther Ntsiful
Simple and easy way to understand the functional anatomy of the ankle!
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