Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students expand their knowledge of the evidence that underpins the orthotic management of the foot in clinical practice. This includes an in-depth exploration of the principles, prescription considerations, and treatment processes associated with the orthotic management of the foot. Evidence based orthotic treatment of various pathologies and foot conditions are presented in the context of current clinical practice. 

SchoolSchool of Allied Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNathan Collins

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in HZPOTC and have passed HBS3PBD and HBS3NPM OR admission in HMCPO - Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This subject is only available to Prosthetics and Orthotics students.


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPocket Podiatry: Footwear and Foot OrthosesRecommendedWilliams & Nester, 2010Churchill Livingstone
ReadingsBRUKNER & KHAN'S CLINICAL SPORTS MEDICINE, 4th EditionRecommendedBrukner, Peter et al., 2012McGraw-Hill Australia

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Review and analyse clinical and research evidence of the orthotic management of a range of common foot pathologies in the context of interdisciplinary team management

Lectures, Tutorials

02. Use judgement and initiative to safely undertake a clinical assessment of the lower limb including casting, orthotic fabrication and fitting in regards to musculoskeletal and neurological function.

Practical sessions, clinical and fabrication sessions

03. Review and analyse pathomechanics, gait deviations, orthotic mechanics, orthosis design to inform treatment procedures for people with a range of common foot disorders

Lectures, Tutorials, Practical Sessions

04. Identify and justify selection of materials, components and fabrication techniques to meet the functional needs of a range of people with common foot disorders

Lectures, Tutorials, Practical Sessions

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNathan Collins

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Practical Week: 10 - 22
One 4.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Assessment and Fitting of Prefabricated Foot Orthoses and Clinical Report (1250 word equivalent)30 01, 02, 03, 04
Assessment and Fitting of Custom Foot Orthoses and Clinical Report (1500 word equivalent)40 01, 02, 03, 04
One end-of-semester written exam (1000 word equivalent)30 01, 03