pod5mfp foot and lower limb pathology




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students build on their understanding of the anatomy, pathophysiology and biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system, to explore a range of musculoskeletal pathologies using authentic clinical cases. Students consider the elements of assessment, diagnosis and management of common lower limb musculoskeletal pathologies in the context of evidence-based practice.

SchoolSchool Allied Health,Human Serv & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorShannon Munteanu

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have passed all subjects from (HBS2ALF or equivalent, HBS2PAT or equivalent, POD4PAM, POD4CBP). Must be enrolled in one of the following courses:HZHPOD,HZHPDB,HZHPDM,HZHPDS,HZHPDW - Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Podiatric Practice, or HZLLPP - Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Podiatric Practice, or HMPOD, HMPODB - Master of Podiatric Practice.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsClinical sports medicinePrescribedBrukner,P and Khan,K 20124TH EDN, NORTH RYDE, NSW: MCGRAW-HILL,
ReadingsFoot problems in older people: assessment and managementPrescribedMenz, Hylton B 2008CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE/ELSEVIER, EDINBURGH, NEW YORK
ReadingsMerriman's assessment of the lower limbPrescribedYates, B 20093RD EDN, CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE/ELSEVIER, EDINBURGH, NEW YORK
ReadingsNeuromusculoskeletal examination and assessment: a handbook for therapistsRecommendedPetty, NJ 2011CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE/ELSEVIER, EDINBURGH, NEW YORK

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Individually and as a team, use an evidence based approach to determine and describe aetiological factors for lower limb injuries seen in podiatric practice.You will be able to: (a) List common musculoskeletal pathologies of the lower limb seen in podiatric practice. (b) Describe the tissues(s) involved in such pathology. (c) Describe the pathological processes that are involved in a range of common musculoskeletal disorders of the lower limb.

Online quiz, Online team presentation

02. Independently diagnose common lower limb musculoskeletal conditions and use an evidence based approach to justify the diagnosis.You will be able to: (a)Conduct physical examination to identify the likely tissue(s) causing symptoms in a person with lower limb musculoskeletal pathology.(b) Identify a client's physical and psychological status relative to their musculoskeletal pathology. (c) Appropriately refer for and interpret laboratory tests (including diagnostic imaging and pathology tests). (d) Liaise and refer to other health-care professionals as required. (e) Use clinical reasoning and decision-making skills in a simulated practice setting to arrive at an accurate diagnosis for a given case.

Practical examination, Online quiz.

03. Use an evidence based approach and communicate effectively with other professionals and clients to manage common lower limb musculoskeletal pathologies seen in podiatric practice.You will be able to: (a) Prescribe and implement intervention programs (e.g. physical therapy, mechanical therapy, pharmacological intervention, or educational programs). (b) Critique and apply evidence for the selection and implementation of podiatric interventions. (c) Implement validated outcome assessment to understand the health status of clients. (d) Liaise and refer to other health-care professionals as required. (e) Reflect upon client outcomes, reviewing assessment, management and adapting if necessary.

Team presentation (scenarios from previous enquiries), Web CT quiz, Written assignment.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorShannon Munteanu

Class requirements

WorkShopWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
one 1,500-word written assignment3003
one 10-minute team presentation (equiv to 200 words each student)submitted online1001
one 15-minute practical examination (equivalent to 1,500 words)3002
three 20-minute online multiple choice examinations (equivalent to 1,000 words)3002, 03, 01