Available in 2012
Previously offered in 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
This course provides an introduction to clinical skills commonly required in podiatry and the manufacture of foot orthoses. The clinical component includes sterilization and infection control, basic podiatric treatments, such as nail cutting and scalpel techniques. Students are introduced to common podiatric assessments including biomechanical assessment, clinical gait analysis and neurovascular assessments. The use of medical records including the legal obligations of podiatrists, making entries and writing referral letters is also covered. The orthoses component develops student understanding of orthotic therapy and the manufacture of basic orthotic devices.
This course is a Compulsory Program Component and students must pass in order to progress in the Bachelor of Podiatry program.
On completion of this course students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate adherence to appropriate infection control procedures.
2. Take a basic patient history and conduct a podiatric physical examination.
3. Perform routine podiatric treatments and biomechanical and basic neurovascular assessments.
4. Apply padding and strapping to the foot and ankle.
5. Describe and demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour and communication.
6. Describe evidence based practice and how it can be applied to the clinical setting.
7.Describe the history of orthotic therapy.
8.Demonstrate and adhere to the OH&S requirement of an orthoses lab.
9.Satisfactorily perform the prescription and manufacture of simple insoles and cast orthoses.
10.Take accurate negative impression plaster casts.
1. Infection control and sterilization.
2. Clinical history taking and patient examination.
3. Clinical skills including nail cutting, scalpel technique, padding and strapping, biomechanical assessments .
4. History of orthotic therapy.
5. Negative casting.
6. Materials, principles and manufacture of simple insoles and basic cast orthoses.
7. Introduction to orthotic specifications.
Musculoskeletal and functional anatomy of the lower limb.
Modes of Delivery
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Clinical: for 40 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Practical: for 4 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks