SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMB323466
Module Leader John Veto
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Podiatry
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

BSc Hons or equivalent Suitable Health qualification

Summary of Content

The aim of the module is to enable the student to evaluate and apply current concepts in podiatric mechanics in the management of foot and lower limb pathology with particular reference to podiatric surgical intervention.


-360b7 Principles of mechanics -Newton's laws of motion, resolution of forces, ground reaction force and plantar pressure b7 Utilisation of the theoretical principles of mechanics in the assessment of gait in health and disease of the adult and elderly patient. b7 Treatment strategies used in the management of lower limb dysfunction b7 Causes of referred pain in the lower limb Review the design prescription and fitting of orthoses in the management of the pre and post-surgical patient.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Critically evaluate the current evidence related to the podiatric assessment of locomotion in the adult and elderly patient2. Apply the principles of mechanics in the assessment and function of the lower limb3. Analyse methods of evaluating the effects of foot surgery on the kinetics and kinematics of the lower limb4. Appraise the current evidence relating to surgical intervention on post operative foot function5. Evaluate methods of plantar pressure analysis appropriate to clinical investigation6. Critically appraise the current evidence related to the management of foot and lower limb pathology.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module is delivered as a blended learning approach with a block of attendance for lab based sessions. The module will engage students in the following types of learning experience: -360b7 Keynote lectures b7 Clinical demonstrations b7 Laboratory based clinical sessions b7 On-line tutorials and discussion boards b7 Self-directed learning Formative assessment opportunities and guided tasks will allow students to identify learning strategies to meet their personal learning needs. Having access to a computer with internet access is recommended and required to undertake this modules

Indicative Reading

Main Texts Donatelli R. 1996. The Biomechanics Of The Foot and Ankle.2 nd Ed. F.A Davis. Philadelphia -108 Hamill J., Knutzen K 2009. Biomechanics Basis of Human Movement 3 rd Ed. William s and Wilkins. Philadelphia Kirtley C. 2006. Clinical Gait Analysis Theory and Practice . Churchill Livingstone. London. Robertson D., Caldwell G., Hamill J., Kamen G., Whittlesey S. 2014. Research Methods in Biomechanics.2 nd Ed Human Kinetics. Champaign IL. Whittle M. 2009. Gait Analysis - an introduction. 4 rd ed . Butterworth Heinemann Edinburgh. Current subject related journals including: Clinical Biomechanics: <http://www.journals.elsevier.com/clinical-biomechanics/> Journal of Biomechanics: http://www.jbiomech.com/ Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery: http://www.jfas.org/ Journal of Orthopaedic Research: http://www.josr-online.com/ Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy : http://www.jospt.org/

Transferrable Skills

This module will facilitate a wide range of transferrable skills, in particular: -360b7 An ability to demonstrate scientific writing skills at a level appropriate for publication including the effective use of the literature and the presentation and interpretation of data. b7 Critical evaluation of current research in the area of podiatric practice and be able to apply this in order to enhance clinical care. b7 Reflection upon research and its application in advanced professional practice. b7 The utilisation of IT in searching for current relevant literature

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 89.00
Seminars (FT) 6.00
Practicals (FT) 10.00
Tutorials (FT) 10.00
Assessment (FT) 25.00
Lectures (FT) 10.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 50% 2500 word critical review of the literature.