Unit description

Develops student knowledge of the mechanics of abnormal foot function and methods of intervention, management and control, to optimise gait and mobility.

Unit content

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
  • foot

Topic 5:  Orthotic manufacture

  • manufacturing processes
  • methods of manufacture

Topic 6:  Managing patient expectations and orthotic revisions

  • medico-legal considerations
  • practice considerations

Learning outcomes

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

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Michaud, TC, 2011, Human Locomotion: The Conservative Management of Gait-Related Disorders, Newton Biomechanics, Newton, MA. ISBN: 978-0-615-51645-5.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Laboratory session 2 hours (12 weeks)
Practical skills50%
Literature Review (group) & Presentation (in pairs)50%

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