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Biomechanics of the Foot and Ankle Complex Course

Organized by :   PT Seminars

Specialities :   Podiatry

Conference Summary

Biomechanics of the Foot and Ankle Complex Course is organized by PT Seminars.

Target Audience:
This is an intermediate level course designed for PTs, PTAs, OTs, OTAs, and ATCs

Course Description:
Our feet are the first contact with earth for most of us, yet we pay very little attention to them. Unless they cause us a problem, we hardly even take care of them. For a structure that takes such a beating during our work and play lives, you would think we would pay close attention to our feet. Understanding loading or functional biomechanics of the foot and ankle complex is a critical aspect of client care. Not only for clients presenting with primary diagnoses of the foot and ankle, but those that may be presenting with primary diagnoses of the knee, the hip, the low back, and even the cervical spine. Understanding the influence of the attenuation of ground reaction forces throughout the kinetic chain should change the manner in which we apply our rehabilitative techniques. This course will take a closer look at some of the unique features of foot and ankle biomechanics, muscle activation, and the proprioceptive environment created by normal loading and functional mechanics. We will also look closer into ways to assess foot mobility for restrictions that might force compensated gait patterns, as well as strategic approaches to replicating authentic functional environments in our treatment.

This online certificate course for Physical Therapists & Occupational Therapists, is a learning module taught by on-demand streaming video. At the end of the course there will be a quiz. Upon successful completion of the quiz, a certificate confirming completion of the Biomechanics of the Foot and Ankle Complex, will be issued.

Course Objectives:
• Identify normal rearfoot, forefoot, and hallux, or 1st ray, loading mechanics.
• Identify muscular/proprioceptor activation relative to decelerating motion.
• Identify normal and abnormal relative motion of rearfoot to forefoot.
• Identify artificial versus authentic treatment strategies and techniques.

Course Outline:
• Gravity, mass, and momentum: how they accelerate and decelerate motion of the foot and ankle.
• Rearfoot to forefoot to 1st ray biomechanical loading sequence.
• Physical assessment of relative joint motion.
• Treatment strategies than emanate from functional biomechanical principles.
• Q/A session

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