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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will apply knowledge and skills in the assessment, prescription, casting, fabrication, alignment and evaluation of foot and ankle foot orthoses. Students are required to complete a number of projects addressing the assessment, prescription and fabrication of orthotic management of the foot and ankle. Within this subject, students will apply orthotic theory, patient assessment skills, anatomy, pathology and biomechanics relevant to foot and ankle-foot orthotic management. Students are required to demonstrate effective communication skills with clients and colleagues.

SchoolSchool of Allied Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNathan Collins

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites POR3CAT and HBS2SUM or admission into HMCPO - Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics

Co-requisites POR4FAE

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Only available to students enrolled in Prosthetics and Orthotics


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBiomechanical Basis of Orthotic ManagementRecommendedBowker, P., Condie, D.N., Bader, D.L., & Pratt, D.J. (Eds) 1993OXFORD: BUTTERWORTH HEINEMANN
ReadingsFoot Orthoses and other forms of conservative foot careRecommendedMichaud, T.C. 1997NEWTON: THOMAS C. MICHAUD

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Safely undertake a clinical assessment of the lower limb in regards to musculoskeletal and neurological function

Assess student peer. Assess volunteer client. Prescibe prefabricated device for volunteer client based on assessment findings.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

02. Safely conduct a lower limb cast and orthotic fitting of a client's lower limb, and demonstrate understanding of appropriate lower limb alignment

Take a cast of student peer. Take a cast of volunteer client. Fit student peer, adjust orthosis range of motion.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

03. Plan and safely undertake a range of orthotic fabrication

Perform outcome measures with student peer. Fabricate ankle-foot orthosis and adjust range of motion of device. Prescribe orthotic management for volunteer client.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

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