Musculoskeletal and Sports Podiatry

Course code PDTY2203
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables


This course introduces the student to the role of the podiatrist in the management of musculoskeletal and sports related injuries of the lower extremity. This course provides comprehensive theoretical knowledge and experience in the assessment, diagnosis and management of a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders affecting the lower limb. Assessment and management techniques for common acute and chronic sports and overuse injuries are presented with a focus on integrating and developing evidenced based practice in the clinical setting. The course covers a broad range of soft tissue and bone injuries and extends students' knowledge of radiographic diagnostic techniques, electrophysical modalities, rehabilitation programs and injury prevention.



  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify, assess and develop management strategies for soft tissue, osseous, nerve and synovial overuse and sports related injuries of the lower limb.

2. Integrate the theory, indications and contraindications with practical uses of electrophysical therapeutic modalities.

3. Demonstrate the application and understanding of therapeutic techniques including electrophysical modalities and soft tissue and muscle therapies.

4. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of other health professionals in providing effective case management.

5. Integrate knowledge of biomechanics with specific skills and activities required in a range of sports.

6. Identify the specific physical, nutritional and psychosocial requirements of a sports person.

7. Formulate and apply physical and orthotic oriented therapies to overuse and sports related injuries.

8. Apply the biomechanics of sport specific footwear and be able to integrate this knowledge into clinical case management.

9. Develop an understanding of the techniques and indications involved in the range of radiographic interventions available, including recognising the need and circumstance for referral for investigation.

10. Describe normal radiographic anatomy and normal variants encountered

11. Develop the required skills in interpreting radiographs and ultrasound of the foot and ankle

12. Prescribe a range of investigations and understand the indications for the available diagnostic imaging modalities.

13. Describe, recognise and discuss the various pathologies affecting the lower extremity that may be encountered in podiatric practice

14. Critically analyse the legal, ethical and medical ramifications and adverse effects of radiographic interventions.


Sports Podiatry

  • Introduction to sports injuries and their management
  • Musculoskeletal assessment
  • Biomechanical analysis in sport
  • Development of rehabilitation programmes
  • Electrophysical modalities: mode of action, application and indications
  • Common sports-related injuries of the lower extremity
  • Biomechanics of sports shoes
  • Specialised clinical placement


  • Safety and ethical issues with imaging
  • Imaging modalities
  • Nuclear medicine studies
  • Athrography
  • Computerised axial tomography
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Ankle trauma
  • Injuries of the foot
  • Tendon abnormalities


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Podiatry program (11692). Pre-requisite - successful completion of HUBS1108 and PDTY2103.

Assumed Knowledge

<ul> <li> Functional anatomy of the foot and ankle</li> <li> Biomechanics of the gait cycle</li> <li> Pathomechanics of the lower limb</li></ul>

Assessment Items

In Term Test: Class Examination

Viva Voce: Examination - Oral

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Clinical: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • First Aid Certificate - students must complete a First Aid Certificate issued by an approved provider.
  • National Police Certificate - Students must complete a National Police Check.
  • Prohibited Employment Declaration - Declaration that student is not a prohibited person in terms of the Child Protection (Prohibited Employment) Act 1998.

Contact Hours



Face to Face Off Campus 4 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term