Dr. Krista Eskay is a paediatric physical therapist and researcher
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The human foot can function as a literal connection to the world and the terminal part of our kinetic chain. It provides both stability and mobility, allows us to interact with our peers, and provides freedom of movement. When an infant is born with a foot deformity, it can be both upsetting and worrisome to their parents and caregivers. Foot deformities occur in approximately 4% of infants, with clubfoot being the most common. Fortunately, many common foot deformities can be treated non-surgically or monitored by a skilled professional as the child “grows out” of the condition.
This course discusses the clinical presentation, assessment, and basic treatment interventions of common paediatric foot conditions seen by rehabilitation professionals. It also touches on when to refer to medical specialists and the role rehabilitation professionals can play in both the treatment and support of the patient and their family.
This course aims to provide rehabilitation professionals with an understanding of three common paediatric foot conditions and introduce basic assessment and treatment interventions.
This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:
- Reading activity
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.