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Assessment of the Foot in relation to Gait Dysfunction and Injury

Cost: £250.00 (inc vat)
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Paul Harradine graduated from the Northampton School of Podiatry in 1994. He is currently the Company Director of The Podiatry & Chiropody Centre, Portsmouth, as well as running a number of private podiatric clinics in Portsmouth and Southampton. He was the Clinical Lead Specialist in podiatric biomechanics within Portsmouth HealthCare NHS Trust between 2000 – 2004. Paul also has a Masters of Science in Sports Injury and Therapy, Certificate in Professional Studies ‘Sports Podiatry’, Post Graduate Certificate in Sports Science from Manchester Metropolitan University and a Certificate in Education. Paul has regularly taught podiatric workshops to podiatrists, physiotherapists and Naval Medical personnel over the past 16 years. He is a fellow of the College of Podiatrists in Podiatric Medicine.


Course Description

This intensive 2 day theoretical and practical course is based on extensive clinical experience in assessment and treatment of lower limb and gait dysfunction, as well as extensive reference to research publications. A number of pathologies will be presented together with appropriate

assessment and treatment techniques. The evidence supporting the use of the assessment and treatment procedures will also be presented. Participants completing this course will gain a greater understanding of the anatomy, biomechanics, assessment and evidence-based treatment of this interesting and complicated subject.


Topics covered


1.    Historical perspective of foot and ankle assessment

2.    Functional anatomy of the lower limb#

3.    Terminology used in the assessment of the lower limb

4.    Normal and abnormal foot function foot function in walking gait

5.    Non-weightbearing assessment of foot morphology (including practical)

6.    Leg length assessment (including practical)

7.    Weightbearing static assessment of foot posture (including practical)

8.    Walking real time clinical gait analysis (including practical)

9.    Treatment for foot based gait dysfunction including taping, footwear advice and temporary foot orthotics (Including practical)

10. How foot orthotics work

11. Evidence based approach for foot based treatment plans of:

·         1st Ray Pathology

·         “Metatarsalgia”

·         Midfoot Pathology

·         Plantar Fasciitis

·         Achilles Tendonopathy

·         Chronic Sinus Tarsi Syndrome / lateral impingement syndrome

·         Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction

·         Anterior Knee pain syndrome

·         Ilio tibial band syndrome

·         Lower back pain


And specific client groups of:

·         Flexible paediatric pes planus

·         The Rheumatoid foot

·         The Diabetic foot

12.The Runner

13.Running gait analysis in relation to injury, such as medial tibial stress syndrome

14.Running footwear / trainer choice



Learning outcomes.


Upon completion of the course, the delegate will:


     I.        Be able to demonstrate the relation of normal and abnormal foot function to gait

    II.        Be able to construct simple orthotics (made of felt) with modifications aimed to improve gait and decrease foot related gait dysfunction.

  III.        Be able to apply taping where relevant to decrease abnormal foot function in gait.

  IV.        Identify changes in gait following treatment and relate this to symptom outcomes. 

   V.        Understand the role of foot function in gait dysfunction related lower limb injury and construct a best-practice treatment plan for common symptoms

  VI.        Understand the effect of systemic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes on foot function and gait and modify treatment plans around these

VII.        Recognise the differing running gait styles and their possible relation to injury

VIII.        Construct treatment plans for the injured runner based around symptom assessment and running gait analysis.