The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


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.



  • Semester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the 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. Interpret and apply clinically the results of basic biostatistical methods.

7. Critically evaluate research investigating interventions for foot-related problems.


  • Pain 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.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Podiatry program (11692). Pre-requisite - successful completion of HUBS1108, HUBS1403, HUBS1404 and PDTY2102.

Assumed knowledge

Musculoskeletal anatomy


Human physiology

Human pathophysiology

Assessment items

In Term Test: In-class examination 1

In Term Test: In-class examination 2

Formal Examination: Final Exam

Journal: PODMED journal

Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Tutorial: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks