Online Course
Introduction to Foot Neuropathy
Review basic neuroanatomy, aetiology and categories of peripheral neuropathy, and gain clinical insight into diabetic neuropathy

1-1.5 hours





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Diane Merwarth
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Diane is a physical therapist with more than 25 years of practice in the areas of wound management and burn care.

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Peripheral neuropathy is a surprisingly common yet under-recognised medical condition. The outcomes of peripheral neuropathy can be devastating, including foot ulcers, major amputation, falls, intracranial injuries, and decreased quality of life. There are over 100 known types of peripheral neuropathy, each with a unique prognosis and symptoms. Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy depend on the category of nerves involved: motor, sensory, or autonomic.

This course provides a basic neuroanatomy review, discusses the aetiology and categories of peripheral neuropathy, and provides clinical insight into diabetic neuropathy, the most common type of peripheral neuropathy.


This course aims to introduce the aetiology and categories of peripheral neuropathy.


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:

  • describe the relevant components of neuroanatomy as they relate to peripheral neuropathy
  • describe the basic aetiology and common symptoms of peripheral neuropathy
  • discuss key features of the three types of peripheral neuropathy

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.