Online Course
Introduction to Foot Orthotics
Gain the knowledge to determine if a client would benefit from a foot orthosis

1-1.5 hours





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Donna Fisher
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Donna enjoys opportunities to educate and teach and has extensive knowledge and experience in Prosthetics and Orthotics

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A foot orthosis is an externally applied apparatus that can be inserted into footwear to support or improve foot and ankle function. The two primary goals of orthoses are to reduce pressure across an area or accommodate congenital or acquired deformities. Ultimately, orthotics aim to help a person achieve near-neutral subtalar joint alignment through the gait cycle or their highest functional level. This course will explore some of the key anatomical and assessment points to consider when selecting or designing foot and ankle orthotics to help achieve these outcomes.


This course aims to provide a structure for the ankle and foot assessment of clients who require orthotics.


This course is made up of a video, reading, discussions 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 rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


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 - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. 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 0.9 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:

  • describe the anatomy of the foot and ankle, which is relevant to orthotics design
  • discuss the four muscle compartments in the lower limb
  • describe three ankle and foot tests
  • choose an appropriate set of assessment tests for a biomechanical analysis of the ankle
Featured reviews
The functional anatomy of the foot and pathology detection tests were very well presented in the course.
Karin Jesse