School of Biomechanics, Sports and Remedial Therapy

Podiatric MSK Courses

Podiatric MSK CPD webinars and practical workshops

We provide a range of foundation and advanced webinars and workshops aimed at extending your scope of practice as a podiatric MSK specialist. Our CPD courses include lower limb biomechanics, soft tissue manipulation and joint mobilisation of the foot and ankle and podiatric medical acupuncture level 1 and 2.

Duration of webinars and workshops

The webinars will last between 1-2 hours and workshops will generally start at 09.30hrs and end at 16.00hrs.

The webinars and workshops will run at set times and dates throughout the year. Some workshops may require delegates to complete webinars prior to attending.

Entry Requirements

HCPC registered podiatrists with an interest in the management of lower limb MSK.

Webinars

Live interactive webinars provide many benefits to the student. It allows you to watch each presentation over again once the live presentation has finished, reinforce direct learning modules and prepare you for practical workshops and eliminate the cost of travel and the need for overnight accommodation.

Lower limb biomechanics webinars and workshops

The lower limb biomechanics webinars and workshops are evidence based and designed to be an informative CPD update for MSK podiatrists, whist also meeting the needs of less experienced podiatrists working in the field of biomechanics.

 There are several webinars that will cover most of the theory to enable the workshops to be practical. There are optional modules to support some of the webinars and workshops.

 During the workshops evidence based theory is linked to practice, providing a deeper understanding and reinforcement of previous course work. Students are encouraged to critically evaluate their own clinical practice and where appropriate, challenge the current evidence.

1. Theories in podiatric biomechanics CPD webinar

Biomechanics in Podiatry is generally based on theories with very little evidence to support some of these theories.  The primary theories in biomechanics are the subtalar joint neural position, the windlass mechanism and the sagittal block.  It is important to bear in mind that when conducting an assessment that you do not get too caught up in a theory, otherwise you may miss the true diagnosis of the presenting problem.  This webinar will review the common theories in podiatric biomechanics and discuss the reliability and validity of each of these theories.

 2. Lower limb alignment and associated injuries CPD Webinar

The webinar reviews the alignment (forefoot varus, rearfoot varus, reduced ankle dorsiflexion etc.) of the lower limb and discuss how they relate to specific injuries. There is a strong emphasis on mode of compensation and dynamic assessment and not necessarily static assessment as this is where most practitioners lack understanding of biomechanics.

Optional: Home study module (£10). This module will help to further enhance your understanding of the assessment of the lower limb and reinforce what you learn on the webinar. Furthermore, it will prepare you for future practical workshops.

3. Exercise rehabilitation and orthotic management of the lower limb

The focus of this webinar is to provide an understanding of muscle function in the lower limb and how they work in groups to accelerates and decelerates joint motion. Disruption of neuromuscular function can lead to increased joint (STJ or MTJ) motion, weakening of joint structures and eventually leading to injury.  To re-educate and strengthen muscles, an exercise programme would need to be specific to the individual’s activity and to the muscle(s) under investigation.  Exercise rehabilitation, low dye taping and orthotic management in the management of the lower limb will be discussed.

 4. Prescription writing

The following five-step system can help clinicians select the most appropriate components for an orthosis. These steps include embracing the concept of pathology specific orthoses and then prescribing correct material flexibility, positive cast modifications, posting, intrinsic accommodations and special additions.

Key factors will be discussed that will influence a practitioner’s decision in choice of insole; style, length, heel cup height, material and density, about of posting, forefoot and or rearfoot correction, intrinsic or extrinsic posting, cast modification. The orthotic needs to address the pathology the patients are complaining about and not the fact the patient is pronating. Therefore, it is important that a detailed assessment is taken of the presenting pathology.

Delegates will need to complete webinars 1-3 prior to attending.

Soft tissue manipulation

Massage is without doubt one of the oldest form of medicine known to man. When applied by a skilled therapist, may be used very successfully to treat most conditions of metabolic imbalance within the soft tissues of the body caused by injury, paralysis, disease etc. When used in conjunction with acupuncture, manipulation or electrotherapy it has been shown to be a highly effective form of physical therapy.

The soft tissue manipulation course will start by introducing you to the history of massage and how it has evolved over the years. There is a strong emphasis on health and safety and contraindications with the use of massage in the management of the lower limb. You will be introduced to a range of massage techniques and treatment protocols for the management of the lower limb.

Joint mobilisation

Joint mobilisation techniques a simple form of passive movements that can be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment modalities to ensure a quick recovery.

This course will mainly focus on the Maitland mobilisation techniques, which is a common method that is practiced by physical therapists to assess and treat joint, soft tissue and movement dysfunction.

The purpose of this course is to familiarise podiatrists with a rational of joint mobilisation procedures in the treatment of lower limb dysfunction.  A range of common condition of the lower limb which are seen in your daily clinic will be discussed with regards to how they can be successfully treated with mobilisation. This will include mobilisation of the talocural joint, proximal and distal fibula heads, STJ, Hallux and sesamoids, lesser digits, cuboid, and navicular.

Podiatric medical acupuncture

Level 1

The Podiatry Medical Acupuncture webinars and workshops are designed specifically to meet the needs of busy podiatrists with an interest in acupuncture for the treatment of musculoskeletal and associated disorders of the lower limb. A western medical diagnosis is encouraged, however traditional Chinese concepts are combines with Western medical acupuncture to equip students with a general understanding of acupuncture and how it has evolved over the centuries. Students will be introduced to techniques showing how myofascial trigger points and classical acupuncture points can be combined and integrated in to your daily practice for the benefit of the patient.

The course will provide the required knowledge and understanding in the physiological effects of acupuncture on pain management and the healing process.

Level 2

The Level 2 Medical Acupuncture course is designed for podiatrists involved in treating general musculoskeletal disorders and sports injuries.

The level 2 Podiatric Medical Acupuncture course will allow students to effectively utilise acupuncture to quickly reduce swelling, hasten resolution of a haematoma, accelerate tissue (bone, skin, muscle and tendon) repair, and restore muscle function and strength following trauma.

On the level 2 Podiatric Medical Acupuncture course you will be introduced to electro acupuncture land earn how it may be used to address specific aspects of pain and wound healing by selecting appropriate frequencies to enhance circulation and the uptake of exudate. This in turn will reduce pressure and chemical irritation on nerve endings (C-fibres) and improve joint mobility.

The level 2 Medical Acupuncture course will review each phase of the healing process before discussing from a evidence based perspective how electro-and manual acupuncture may reduce the inflammatory phase, and enhance the proliferative and remoulding phase of wound healing. The benefit of placing the anode (+) or the cathode (-) electrodes around the wound to enhance the migration of lymphocytes, neutrophils, macrophages, fibroblast, and epithelial cells to the site of injury to improve wound closure and the repair process will be reviewed.  You will also develop acupuncture techniques to improve circulation and laying down of type I collagen to enhance tensile strength and the repair of tendinopathies.

Therapist will need to have completed a recognised foundation course in acupuncture and hold the relevant insurance to practice acupuncture.