Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students explore the evidence that underpins the orthotic management of the foot in clinical practice. This will include principles, clinical assessment, prescription considerations, treatment processes, and a biomechanical basis of orthotic management for a range of

pathologies affecting the foot. Evidence based orthotic treatment of various foot conditions will be presented in the context of current clinical practice. This includes applied anatomy, pathology and biomechanics relevant to orthotic management and interdisciplinary practice.

SchoolSchool Allied Health,Human Serv & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNathan Collins

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in HHPRO


Incompatible subjects POR3COF

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPocket Podiatry: FootwearRecommendedWilliams and Nester, 2010Churchill Livingstone

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Discuss clinical and research evidence used in the orthotic management of a range of common foot pathologies

Lectures, workshops

02. Discuss pathomechanics, gait deviations, orthotic mechanics and orthosis design for people with a range of common foot disorders

Lectures, workshops

03. Explain treatment procedures for optimal orthotic treatment of clients with common foot disorders

Lectures, workshops

04. Select and explain foot orthoses to suit a variety of common conditions

Lectures, workshops

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNathan Collins

Class requirements

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

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 2-hour written examination (equivalent to 2000-words)45 01, 02, 03, 04
One 1,000-word written assignment35 01, 02, 03, 04
One 45 minute online Quiz (equivalent to 750-words)20 01, 02, 04