Online Course
The Ageing Foot
Learn what happens to the foot as we age and strategies to address these changes

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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Foot deformities and other foot conditions are highly prevalent in adults aged over 65 years. Foot problems can affect walking and contribute to falling and functional disability in older adults. They are also associated with frailty and decreased physical activity. In this course, Helene Simpson reviews age-related changes in the foot. She offers examples of therapeutic interventions to increase ankle range of motion, strength, and proprioception and improve balance in older adults with foot problems.


This course aims to review age-related changes in the foot. It also discusses physiotherapy interventions for older adults with deficits in foot range of motion, strength and balance.


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 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:

  • describe age-related skin and soft tissue changes in the foot
  • explain changes in the ageing foot’s range of motion, strength and biomechanics
  • identify physiotherapy interventions for older adults with foot conditions

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
I enjoyed this course! It was very informative and provided practical information. In addition, it was a great reminder of a few techniques we, physios, can use to make a difference in our patient's life.
Lauren Thompson
South Africa
An excellent course! There are plenty of resources, videos, and evidence to refer back to and apply in practice. Thank you so much, Helene!
Lara Grundman
South Africa