From the Ground Up
A Continuing Education Course on Foot and Ankle Biomechanics and Custom Orthotics
ABOUT THIS COURSE
This 1.5-day, lab-based, continuing education course is designed to teach foot and ankle biomechanics and discuss the effects they have on the lower extremities.
The con-ed course will blend lecture with extensive hands-on lab time and a low participant-to-instructor ratio (16:1 or less) to best master the skills that are presented. You will learn how to identify and treat foot pathologies and develop an expert understanding of how altering foot mechanics can create positive effects up the lower extremity chain. The research-based treatment principles will include shoe recommendation, taping, exercise, and over-the-counter or custom orthotic prescription. You will learn practical skills for immediate application in your practice.
Participants will earn 12 hours, or 1.2 continuing education units (CEUs), upon completion of this course (APTA Approval #21-449).
DAY 1 - FULL DAY
Check-In / Networking
Introduction to the Course / Layout
Review: Anatomy / Joint Axes
Gait / Foot Mechanics (Normal)
WB Assessment (ABCs of Assessment) Abnormalities of the Foot / Gait / Function
Biomechanic Eval / Assessment
DAY 2 - HALF DAY
Check-In / Networking
Day 1 Review
Gait / Function Analysis
Pathology of the Foot and Ankle
Functional Manual Strategies
Therapeutic Exercises / Treatment
Review Biomechanical Assessment / Orthotics
Gain confidence and proficiency in the anatomy and triplanar aspect of the foot and ankle.
Perform a comprehensive weightbearing and non-weightbearing biomechanical foot exam.
Understand and identify foot dysfunction / deformity and how to treat the foot.
Apply key functional strategies to the chain reaction biomechanics of the lower leg.
Find confidence in implementing functional assessments and integrating functional strategies for exercise and treatment approaches.
Bring awareness to the impact of footwear and function.
Gain confidence / performance in diagnosing a foot deficiency and the need for custom devices (orthotics).
Perform casting and foot deformity device selection.