Develops student knowledge of the mechanics of abnormal foot function and methods of intervention, management and control, to optimise gait and mobility.
Topic 1: Orthotic principles: Introduction to orthotic use in clinical practice
- the purpose of mechanical therapy
- defining normal and abnormal clinical presentations
- outlining the differences between forms of mechanical therapy
Topic 2: Materials
- ortho-mechanical and footwear options in practice
- working with materials
Topic 3: Non-cast orthoses, taping and padding techniques
- common conditions requiring ortho-mechanical and bracing therapy
- acute and chronic injuries
Topic 4: Casting techniques
- casting methods
- lower limb
Topic 5: Orthotic manufacture
- manufacturing processes
- methods of manufacture
Topic 6: Managing patient expectations and orthotic revisions
- medico-legal considerations
- practice considerations
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||critique the concepts of mechanical therapy||Intellectual rigour|
|2||describe the role of orthoses, bracing and footwear, including function, fitting and uses||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics and uses of materials used in the fabrication of orthoses||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||explain the principles and applications of various orthomechanical therapies and casting techniques||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||demonstrate an ability to apply practical techniques in orthomechanical therapies, including strapping, padding, casting and manufacture of orthoses||Knowledge of a discipline|
- Michaud, TC, 2011, Human Locomotion: The Conservative Management of Gait-Related Disorders, Newton Biomechanics, Newton, MA. ISBN: 978-0-615-51645-5.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
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