Online Course
Special Investigations and Special Tests of the Ankle
Confidently select the appropriate investigations and tests when assessing foot and ankle patients

1-1.5 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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Mobility limitations in the foot and ankle significantly impact how a person moves and functions. An accurate diagnosis of a foot or ankle pathology is key to a successful treatment. Special tests and investigations can assist in confirming a clinical diagnosis. Imaging modalities can include x-rays, MRIs, ultrasounds, and CT scans. The clinician can also use special tests based on the results of the initial physiotherapy examination. Being able to understand and administer these tests depends on a clinician’s skill and knowledge.


This course aims to explain the purpose and benefits of special investigations and tests during the foot and ankle assessment.


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.


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 0.8 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 role of special investigations in the examination of the foot and ankle
  • discuss at least four special tests commonly used in the assessment of the foot and ankle
  • explain the role of Return to Sports tests in the post-injury foot and ankle assessment
  • list eight patient-reported outcome measures used for the foot and ankle