Gold CoastSession 1Session 1

Unit description

Introduces Pedorthic treatment options for clients with foot health or performance issues and introduces comprehensive alterations to various prefabricated footwear, including sports footwear and their construction principles, according to the medical and health needs of the client.

Unit content

  • Work Health and Safety (WHS) in a Pedorthic clinic and laboratory environment
  • Materials, design, fit, function, biomechanical properties, application and construction methods for:
    • General footwear
    • Protective footwear
    • Sports footwear
    • Medical grade footwear
  • Existing orthotic appliances and prosthesis and their impact on footwear fitting and function
  • Pedorthic treatment modalities for various foot pathologies, altering footwear properties to manage pathologies and deformities
  • Body, lower limb and footwear alignment under consideration of static and dynamic conditions in context with existing pathology and Pedorthics
  • Pedorthic modalities and their impact on human posture and gait

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Decker, W & Albert, S, 2003, Contemporary Pedorthics, Elton Wolf Publishing.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


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