SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMB826610
Module Leader Mandy Abbott
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Podiatry
  • B (January start)
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

BSc Hons or equivalent Suitable Health qualification

Summary of Content

This module aims to enable the students to appraise in detail different surgical approaches to the foot taking into consideration patient consent, clinical decision making and anatomical considerations. Formative activities to prepare students for the module assessment include Peer reviewed critical appraisal of a single paper and discussion groups


b7Anatomy related to the surgical practice of -360 Foot and ankle and related structures Site and choice of incisions in relation access, skin creases, blood and nerve supply Anatomical variations of the lower limb b7 Consent: -360 General aspects Pre-operative consent Assessment of capacity b7 Surgical preparation and theatre safety -90 Surgical instruments and common surgical equipment Sterile fields Personal protective equipment WHO surgical pause b7 Common and important procedures and operations of the foot and ankle -360 Nail Surgery (incisional) Aspiration Biopsy Electrosurgical techniques Therapeutic and diagnostic injections Hallux valgus o Hallux rigidus Lesser toe deformities Metatarsalgia Midfoot, hindfoot and ankle Rheumatoid foot Diabetic foot Pes Cavus Pes Planus Tendon rupture and tendonopathy b7 National and professional guidelines and standards on treatment choices

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Justify and defend surgical decision making2. Critically appraise and evaluate surgical procedures in relation to anatomy.3. Investigate, and report on predicted risks, and benefits of surgical management options of foot surgery

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module is delivered on-line. A variety of media will be utilised which may include a mix of video lectures, podcasts, narrated presentations, online asynchronous group discussions and tutorials / online self directed study to engage students in the key concepts which will then be developed through directed reading, guided activities, literature searching and student initiated reading. For the purpose of maintaining autonomy, flexibility and reducing remoteness in relation to learning, each online student will be allocated to an online tutorial group. Tutorial groups will meet via GCU Learn on a fortnightly basis to discuss activities that have been assigned to them. Module Tutors will respond to group questions placed during these sessions. Students are expected to make the equivalent of at least 3 meaningful contributions online per fortnight, where a 'meaningful contribution' is defined as 'providing a critical or developmental comment, not just a greeting'. Formative assessment opportunities and guided tasks will allow students to identify learning strategies to meet their personal learning needs. Since the majority of time is allocated to independent and directed study, it is important that students have previously acquired study skills and organisational abilities in order to successfully complete this module. Having access to a computer with Internet access is recommended and required to undertake this module. Formative activities to prepare students for the module assessment include peer reviewed critical appraisal of a single paper and discussion groups.

Indicative Reading

Thomson, T. (2002) Assisting at podiatric surgery?: a guide for podiatric surgical students and podiatric theatre assistants / Telford Thomson?; with a contribution from Denise Freeman?; foreword by Vincent J. Mandracchia. Denise. Freeman (ed.). Edinburgh?;, Churchill Livingstone. Robert B. Anderson (ed.) (2014b) Mann's surgery of the foot and ankle. Volume 2 / [edited by] Michael J. Coughlin, Charles L. Saltzman, Robert B. Anderson. 9th ed. Philadelphia, PA?:, Saunders/Elsevier. Robert B. Anderson (ed.) (2014a) Mann's surgery of the foot and ankle. Volume 1 / [edited by] Michael J. Coughlin, Charles L. Saltzman, Robert B. Anderson. 9th ed. Philadelphia, PA?:, Saunders/Elsevier. Myerson, M. (2010) Reconstructive foot and ankle surgery?: management of complications /. 2nd ed. [Online]. Philadelphia, PA?:, Elsevier/Saunders. Available from: Elsevier. Manoj Ramachandran (ed.) (2017) Basic orthopaedic sciences /. Second edition. a9 2017, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group,. Shahan K. Sarrafian (ed.) (2011) Sarrafian's anatomy of the foot and ankle?: descriptive, topographical, functional / editor, Armen S. Kelikian. 3rd ed. Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Gosling, J.A. (2017) Human anatomy?: color atlas and textbook / J.A. Gosling, P.F. Harris, J.R. Humpherson, I. Whitmore, P.L.T. Willan. 6th ed. Peter L. T. Willan (ed.). Elsevier,. J. A. Gosling (ed.) (2008) Human anatomy?: color atlas and textbook. 5th ed. Mosby.

Transferrable Skills

This module will facilitate a wide range of transferrable skills, in particular: -360b7 working in a self-directed manner, taking responsibility for own learning and personal development and where appropriate practice competence. b7 developing study and IT skills to underpin effective learning including using video conference technology for learning. b7 developing knowledge and understanding in the context of a subject, which can be transferred within different contexts. b7 demonstrating critical thinking and problem solving skills in a range of situations. b7 developing communication skills, written, oral, listening, and presentational. underpinning professional practice through the integration of theory with practice.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (PT) 30.00
Assessment (PT) 15.00
Independent Learning (PT) 63.00
Tutorials (PT) 6.00
Directd Learning 36.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 n/a Critical appraisal essay