Podiatric Medicine

Course code PDTY2202Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

This course provides an introduction to the specialist areas of clinical and theoretical podiatric rheumatology, neurology and non-dermatological oncology. We begin by exploring the definition, assessment and classification of pain in podiatry practice. The rheumatology component introduces rheumatic diseases of connective tissue, joints and bone that affect the lower limb. The neurology component introduces a selection of adult neurological disorders. The oncology component introduces neoplasm of lower limb bone, joint and soft tissues. Coinciding with this work, we will explore the emerging field of evidence-based podiatry to develop your skills as a user of clinical research.

Available in 2015

OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn completion of this course students will be able to:

1. Define, assess and classify foot pain using appropriate terminology.
2. Take and appropriately document a thorough medical history and assessment of a patient reporting a previous diagnosis of a variety of rheumatic conditions and adult neurological conditions.
3. Identify the aetiology, pathophysiology, typical signs and symptoms, diagnostic criteria, laboratory testing, imaging studies, differential diagnoses, psychosocial impact, general systemic interventions and specific podiatric interventions for select rheumatic conditions.
4. Identify the pathophysiology and typical signs and symptoms of non-dermatological neoplasms relevant to the profession of podiatry.
5. Discuss the pathophysiology, typical signs and symptoms, prognosis, psychosocial impact and basics of systemic treatment of specific adult neurological conditions discussed in this course.
6. Critically evaluate research investigating interventions for foot-related problems.
ContentPain terminology, classes and assessment.
Rheumatic diseases affecting the lower limb.
Non-dermatological neoplasm of the lower limb.
Selected systemic and lower limb adult neurological conditions.
Evidence-based podiatry.
Clinical assessments.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeMusculoskeletal anatomy
Human physiology
Human pathophysiology
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassMid-semester exam
Essays / Written AssignmentsWritten assignment
Examination: FormalWritten
Other: (please specify)Written EBPod Journal
Contact HoursLecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentBachelor of Podiatry
Compulsory Program ComponentHUBS1108, HUBS1403, HUBS1404, PDTY2102.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PDTY2202