SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 40.00
ECTS Credit Points 20.00
Module Code M1B126085
Module Leader Wendy Smith
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Podiatry
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module will focus on theoretical aspects of podiatry at foundation level in support of early clinical practice. The content of the module will introduce the students to the principles of pathological processes that are involved in commonly encountered podiatric and general pathologies. Students will explore the effects of commonly encountered pathologies seen in podiatric practice, and understand their manifestation, assessment and management. This will be underpinned by consideration of the normal physiology of the integumentary, musculoskeletal, neurological and vascular system.


Communication skills to underpin history taking and assessment techniques Structure and function of the integumentary system Introduction to lower limb neurological, vascular, orthopaedic and musculoskeletal assessment techniques Aetiology, pathology, clinical presentation, differential diagnosis and management (including health promotion) of a range of acute and chronic conditions affecting the foot and lower limb including: skin, nail and soft tissue pathologies; Structural and functional disorders Introduction to wounds, bacterial, fungal and viral infections Introduction to vascular, neurological, dermatological and inflammatory conditions. Clinical management strategies relevant to the above conditions including footwear, mechanical therapies, orthotic management and pressure reduction techniques.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Understand the inflammatory process and its role related to infective and traumatic states (Tri A - exam)2. Demonstrate the ability to conduct relevant assessment techniques (Tri B - exam - OSPE)3. Understand the concepts of aetiology, pathology, diagnosis and treatment in the management of a range of podiatric disorders (Tri B exam)4. Discuss the influence of footwear on foot pathologies and their management (Tri B exam)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will be delivered by interactive and keynote lectures to establish a sound theoretical basis and framework. These will be supported by associated tutorials. There will also be a range of practical sessions where the students will learn to undertake a range of relevant assessment techniques. The module will be supported by relevant online material including that which supports the students directed learning. In the time allocated to independent learning the students will be expected to practice their clinical assessment techniques as well as consolidating their theoretical knowledge by application of their learnt theory to a series of case histories, and by preparing for lectures and tutorials. There will be at least one formative assessment in each trimester.

Indicative Reading

Frowen, P. et al. (2010) Neale's Disorders of the Foot (8th Ed), Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh Frowen, P. et al. (2010) Neale's Disorders of the Foot Clinical Companion, Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh Hayes, C. & Barbaro-Brown J.A. (eds) (2017) Textbook of Podiatric Medicine, M&K Publishing: Keswick Mandy, A. et al. (2009) Podiatry: A Psychosocial Approach, John Wiley & Sons: Chichester Menz, H.B. (2008) Foot Problems in Older People: Assessment and Management, Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh Merriman L. & Turner, W. (2002) Assessment of the Lower Limb, Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh Mooney, J. (2009) Illustrated Dictionary of Podiatry and Foot Science, Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh Ousey, K. & McIntosh, C. (Eds) (2007) Lower Extremity Wounds: A Problem-Based Learning Approach, John Wiley & Sons: Chichester Turner W. & Merriman L (2005) Clinical Skills in Treating the Foot (2nd Ed), Churchill Livingstone:Edinburgh Thomson, C.E. & Gibson, A. (2009) 50+ Foot Challenges: Assessment and Management (2nd Ed) Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh Tyrell, W. & Carter, G. (2008) Therapeutic Footwear: a Comprehensive Guide, Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh Williams, A.E. et al.(2010) Pocket Podiatry: Footwear and Foot Orthoses, Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh Yates, B (2012) Merriman's Assessment of the Lower Limb (3rd Ed), Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh Journals and Websites: Journal of Foot and Ankle Research <> The Diabetic Foot, The Foot, Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, Journal of Wound Care Health and Care Professions Council <> NHS Education for Scotland <> College of Podiatry <>

Transferrable Skills

Generic skills - communication, ethics, learning to learn, self-motivation, problem solving Employability skills - interviewing skills, prioritisation, confidentiality, time management Digital capabilities - ICT proficiency, information literacy, media literacy, digital research and problem solving, digital communication, digital learning and digital identity management.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 96.00
Practicals (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 216.00
Assessment (FT) 40.00
Tutorials (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Dept) 01 1.00 30.00 35% Tri B Practical exam (LO2)
Exam 02 2.00 40.00 35% Tri B Exam (LO3 & LO4)
Exam 01 1.00 30.00 35% Tri A Exam (LO1)