SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 40.00
ECTS Credit Points 20.00
Module Code M1B322751
Module Leader Wendy Smith
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Podiatry
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the theoretical principles and evidence base that underpins podiatric study and the fundamental aspects of podiatric clinical practice. This will be focussed around four main areas: -360b7 Health and safety, risk assessment and control of cross infection b7 Communication skills and professional ethics b7 Commonly encountered podiatric pathologies b7 Clinical management strategies including mechanical therapies and therapeutics and the management of infection This module enables the student to gain knowledge of the principles upon which therapeutic interventions are based. This module will focus on theoretical aspects of podiatry at foundation level in preparation for 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. In particular students will explore the effects of skin, nail and soft tissue pathologies, as a theoretical concept, and understand their manifestation and management, and as part of this will be introduced to a range of commonly observed foot deformities. This will be underpinned by consideration of both the normal physiology and presentation of the integumentary system before exploring commonly observed skin, nail and soft tissue pathologies and aetiologies, as well as introducing the concepts of the impact of foot pathology on foot structure.


-2 Health and safety - risk assessment and current policy. -4 First aid and clinical emergencies.-1 Infection control and environmental management - sources and routes of infection and methods of reduction of risk including hand hygiene. -2 Decontamination and sterilisation of surgical instruments. -4 Disposal of clinical waste. -2 Communication skills - verbal, non-verbal, active listening, negotiation skills. Written communication, and the importance of maintaining appropriate medical records and the need to handle these records and all other information in accordance with applicable legislation, protocols and guidelines -2 Professional ethics, boundaries and codes of conduct, principles of -1 health promotion. Skin and nails - normal structure and function, blood supply and innervation. Theories associated with the process of keratinisation and abnormalities of keratinisation including the effects of abnormal loading on the tissues. Corn, callous, blisters, fissures, hydration disorders -2 Nail pathologies. -1 Changes in the integumentary system with age. Introduction to the inflammatory process. Bacterial, viral and fungal infections of the feet. Soft tissue pathologies - enthesopathies, synovitis, bursitis, teno-synovitis -1 Clinical management strategies including management of infection, mechanical therapies (including footwear) and therapeutics

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Identify various sources and types of infection, methods used to treat infections and the associated risks to the patient and podiatrist2. Demonstrate an understanding of communication skills and professional ethics appropriate to a healthcare setting3. Identify appropriate first aid measures to be undertaken in specific clinical emergencies 4. Describe accurately the structure and function of normal keratin, the structure and function of the foot and the effects of abnormal loading on tissues5. Understand the concepts of aetiology, pathology, diagnosis and treatment in the management of a range of podiatric disorders affecting the lower limb and foot suitable to level 1 studies6. Understand the inflammatory process and its role related to infective and traumatic states7. Understand the basic principles of mechanical therapies and the influence of footwear on the human foot

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will be delivered by interactive and keynote lectures to establish a sound theoretical basis and framework. The inter-professional Clinical Simulation Centre will be utilised for practical sessions, whilst independent learning and directed learning will be supported with tutorials to reinforce and integrate knowledge. The module will be supported by relevant online resources.

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 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) 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 (3 rd Ed), Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh Journals and Websites Journal of Foot and Ankle Research <http://www.jfootankleres.com/> The Foot, The Diabetic Foot, Journal of Wound Care Health and Social Care Professions Council <http://www.hpc-uk.org/> NHS Education for Scotland <http://www.nes.scot.nhs.uk/> Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists <http://www.scpod.org/>

Transferrable Skills

Independent study skills; Collaboration and communication skills; Prioritisation skills; Professional ethics and boundaries; Principles of health and safety; Research skills

Module Structure

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

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 35% Summative (Unseen)
Exam (School) 1.00 20.00 35% Summative (Unseen)
Course Work 01 n/a 30.00 35% Laboratory report (1500 words)