SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2B221859
Module Leader Allan Thomson
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Podiatry
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

The module will present the principles of podiatric and orthopaedic surgical management of the foot. The module will provide students with knowledge of vascular and general surgery related to the foot. This module will provide students with the knowledge and understanding of local anaesthetics required for podiatric practice. The module will examine the use of radiographic techniques and images in podiatric practice.


The surgical interview and informed consent. Criteria for selection of patients for local anaesthesia and surgery. Examination and investigation of the pre-surgical patient. Pre and Post operative instructions and considerations. Pharmacology of local anaesthesia. Identification, selection and preparation of equipment for local anaesthesia. Local anaesthetic techniques, administration and disposal. Non-incisional nail surgery techniques. Incisional nail surgery. Electrosurgical techniques. Health & safety issues related to surgery. Basic life support and first aid. Infection control. Sterile field techniques. Post operative infection. Osteomyelitis. Bone, joint and soft tissue trauma, infection and tumours. Ganglion. Cyst. Glomus tumour. Principles of Surgery - osteotomies, arthrodesis, arthroplasty, tenotomies, bone grafts. Surgical management of: peripheral arterial disease, varicose veins, deep venous thrombosis, gangrene and amputations. Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations (2000) Radiographic imaging, x-ray, bone scan, MRI, computerised tomography investigations Vascular and neurological assessment using diagnostic equipment and criteria to establish the validity and reliability of clinical signs and symptoms. Vascular disorders of the lower limb; etiology, pathology and conservative and surgical management

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the students should be able to;Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of local anaesthetic solutions and the theory of safe, effective and legal administration and appropriate patient selection.Demonstrate an understanding of sterile field techniques.Understand the principles of surgical techniques.Identify the manifestations of surgical treatments in the practice of podiatryUnderstand the implications of the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations (2000)Differentiate a range of imaging techniques in a theoretical and practical contextDemonstrate a detailed knowledge of the manifestations lower limb vascular disorders on the lower limb and foot

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Keynote lectures to establish a sound theoretical framework. Tutorials to clarify, reinforce and integrate knowledge. Practical sessions to integrate and apply theoretical knowledge to the living subject and to enhance communication skills. IT teaching packages.

Indicative Reading

Belch J et al (1996) Colour Atlas of Peripheral Vascular Diseases 2nd edition Mosby-Year Book Dripps RD et al (1988) Introduction to local anaesthesia 7th edition W.B.Saunders Gosling JA et al (1996) A colour atlas of human anatomy Mosby-Wolf Gould JS (1992) Operative foot surgery W B Saunders Co Health Professions Council (2007) Standards of Proficiency Chiropodists/Podiatrists. Kumar P, Clark M (2002) Kumar and Clark Clinical Medicine 5th edition, W B Saunders Co Lorimer et al (2010) Neale's Disorders of the Foot: Diagnosis & Management 8th edition Churchill Livingstone. Sarrafian SK (1993) Anatomy of the foot and ankle: descriptive, topographie, functional Lippincott. Smith G, Aitkenhead A (1995) Textbook of anaesthesia 3rd edition Churchill Livingstone Vicars M D (1999) Drugs in anaesthetic and intensive care practice 7th edition Butterworth Wildsmith JAW, Armatage EN (1993) Principles and practice of regional anaesthesia 2nd edition Churchill Livingstone.

Transferrable Skills

Independent study skills Self motivated learning Communication skills Observational skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 24.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 132.00
Practicals (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 80.00 35% Written Examination Paper - All elements must be passed
Exam (School) 1.00 20.00 50% Local Analgesia Multiple Choice Questions pass mark 50% - All elements must be passed