SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code M2B221860
Module Leader Mandy Abbott
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Podiatry
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

The demands of weightbearing and gait place the musculoskeletal system at risk of disease or injury through mechanical dysfunction. Disorders associated with structural abnormalities have a major impact on the lower limb and in particular foot function. Podiatric rehabilitation and management of structural pathologies requires a sound knowledge of pathomechanics, etiology and pathology, podiatric and surgical management principles. The theories and classification of wounds and in particular ulcers re identified and managed. The syllabus for this module is based on these areas of study.


Spine and pelvic abnormalities, limb length discrepancies, genu valgum / varum, ankle equinus, valgus foot, heel conditions, exostoses, accessory bones, forefoot and hallux deformities, lesser toe deformities. Biomechanical dysfunction including forefoot varus, valgus, supinatus and plantar flexed 1st ray. Rearfoot varus and valgus. Abnormal gait and its effect on the foot, associated with spinal and hip deformities and limitation of movement of the proximal lower limb joints. Forefoot and hallux deformities, lesser toe deformities Open and closed kinetic chain assessment of non and pathological foot types

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module the student should be able to:Apply knowledge and understanding of core theory to underpin the practice of podiatry Interpret physiological, medical and biomechanical data in the context of chiropody and podiatryEngage in evidence-based practice, evaluating practice systematicallyFormulate specific and appropriate management plans including the setting of timescalesUnderstand the requirement to adapt practice to meet the needs of different groups distinguished by, for example, physical, psychological, environmental, cultural or socio-economic factorsApply podiatric theories to functional lower limb mechanical dysfunction

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Interactive lectures to establish theoretical framework. Supported with appropriate eLearning material Tutorials to clarify, reinforce and integrate knowledge and reflect. Directed learning encouraging an attitude of enquiry with the ability to extract and interpret a variety of information from numerous sources. Enhancement of communication skills through: Group teaching and learning Problem-based learning.

Indicative Reading

Amendola, Annunziato, Alexander, I J et al (1996) Athletic injuries of the foot and ankle McGraw Blackwell Sci. Anthony R J (1991) The manufacture and use of the functional foot orthosis. Chitranjan S et al (1999) Disorders of the Heel, Rearfoot and Ankle 1st edition Churchill Livinstone. Kirtley C (2006) Clinical Gait Analysis : Theory & Practice, Churchill Livingstone, New York ISBN 0-4431-0009-8 Donatelli, R (1995) The biomechanics of the foot and ankle. F A Davis Eaglstein W H, Falanga G (1994) Leg and foot ulcers: a clinician's guide. Martin Danitz. Joseph W S (2002) Handbook of Lower Extremity Infections Churchill Livingstone. Jahss M H (1991) Disorders of the foot: Medical and surgical management: 3 vols W B Saunders. Lorimer et al (2010) Neale's disorders of the foot: Diagnosis and Management 8th edition Churchill Livingstone. Mandy A, McInnes J, Lucas K (2002) Psychosocial Approaches to Podiatry - A companion for practice Churchill Livingstone. Valmassey R (1995) Clinical Biomechanics of the Lower Extremity Mosby Eustace S J et al (2006) Sports Injuries- Examination, imaging and management Churchill Livingstone Kirtley C(2005) Clinical Gait Analysis Churchill Livingstone Richards J(2008)Biomechanics in Clinic and Research Churchill Livingstone Watkins J(2007)An introduction to Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise Churchill Livingstone Foster A, Edmonds M (2007) Colour Atlas of Foot and Ankle Disorders Churchill Livingstone Merriman L, (2008) Assessment of the Lower Limb 3RD edition Churchill Livingstone Journals: The Diabetic Foot, Journal of Wound Care, The Foot. http//www.feetforlife.org International Journal for Quality in Health Care, Oxford Journals Anthropology Today, Blackwell Science General Anthropology, Blackwell Science International Journal of Clinical Practice, Blackwell Science International Journal of Evidence-based Healthcare Wound repair and regeneration, Blackwell Science Sports Biomechanics Taylor and Francis, Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, Research in Sports Medicine: An International Journal Journal of Foot and Ankle

Transferrable Skills

Communication skills - verbal and non-verbal, written, interview techniques, counseling skills. IT skills. Skills of reflection. Independent learning and study. Group learning. Problem-based learning.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 15.00
Seminars (FT) 7.00
Independent Learning (FT) 75.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 36.00
Practicals (FT) 5.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Dept) 01 1.00 50.00 35% MCQ 2
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% 2000 Word PBL Essay