SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code M3B122238
Module Leader Mandy Abbott
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Podiatry
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

In this subject students build on their understanding of the anatomy, pathophysiology and biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system, to explore a range of musculoskeletal pathologies using authentic clinical cases. Students consider the elements of assessment, diagnosis and management of common lower limb musculoskeletal pathologies in the context of evidence-based practice.


Aetiology of muskuloskeletal pathology (extrinsic factors) Aetiology of muskuloskeletal pathology (intrinsic) - patterns of injury Muskuloskeletal assessment concepts Radiology & ultrasound Forefoot muskuloskeletal pathology Midfoot muskuloskeletal pathology Rearfoot muskuloskeltal pathology MRI Imaging Bone scan and CT scan Lower leg muskuloskeletal pathology

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:Key Learning Outcome 1 (Musculoskeletal pathology)1. Individually and as a team, use an evidence based approach to determineand describe aetiological factors for lower limb injuries seen in podiatricpractice.Enabling outcome:a. List common musculoskeletal pathologies of the lower limb seen in podiatricpractice.b. Describe the tissue(s) involved in such pathology.c. Describe the pathological processes that are involved in a range of commonmusculoskeletal disorders of the lower limb.Key Learning Outcome 2 (Musculoskeletal assessment)2. Independently diagnose common lower limb musculoskeletal conditionsand use an evidence based approach to justify the diagnosis.Enabling outcome:a. Conduct physical examination to identify the likely tissue(s) causing symptomsin a person with lower limb musculoskeletal pathology.b. Identify a client’s physical and psychological status relative to theirmusculoskeletal pathology.c. Appropriately refer for and interpret laboratory tests (including diagnosticimaging and pathology tests).d. Liaise and refer to other health-care professionals as required.e. Use clinical reasoning and decision-making skills in a simulated practicesetting to arrive at an accurate diagnosis for a given case.Key Learning Outcome 3 (Musculoskeletal management)3. Use an evidence based approach and communicate effectively with otherprofessionals and clients to manage common lower limb musculoskeletalpathologies seen in podiatric practice.Enabling outcome:a. Prescribe and implement intervention programs (e.g. physical therapy,mechanical therapy, pharmacological intervention, or educational programs).b. Critique and apply evidence for the selection and implementation of podiatricinterventions.c. Implement validated outcome assessment to understand the health status ofclients.d. Liaise and refer to other health-care professionals as required.e. Reflect upon client outcomes, reviewing assessment, management andadapting if necessary.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module is delivered at La Trobe University and accessed by Year 3 BSc (Hons) Podiatry students and has been put on ISIS for the purpose of recording the module mark for presentation to the Assessment Board. Lectures and workshops.

Indicative Reading

Prescribed Reading Yates B (Ed.), (2009). Merriman's Assessment of the Lower Limb (3rd ed). Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone. Brukner P & Khan K (2006). Clinical Sports Medicine (3rd ed). North Ryde, N.S.W.:McGraw-Hill. Recommended Reading Menz HB (2008). Foot Problems in Older People: Assessment and Management. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier.

Transferrable Skills

IT Skills Graduate Attributes

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 60.00
Seminars (FT) 30.00
Lectures (FT) 30.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 40% This entry is a means of recording the overall mark achieved for the module - delivered at La Trobe University and overall results provided on the student's transcript.