Unit description

Introduces students to lower limb medicine and the pathology behind common foot and ankle conditions.  Introduces students to disease processes and pathology.

Unit content

Topic 1:  Cutaneous foot disease

  • Normal and abnormal cutaneous structures
  • Presentation of cutaneous foot disease

Topic 2:  Abnormal foot structure and pathomechanics

  • Defining abnormal structure
  • Systemic and local influences on abnormal structure

Topic 3:  Body systems and systemic diseases affecting the lower limb

  • Epidemiology, mortality and morbidity
  • Aetiology, signs and symptoms
  • Management
  • Multidisciplinary care, communication and referral

Topic 4:  Role of the foot and ankle practitioner in evaluation and management of systemic diseases affecting the lower limb

  • Lower limb clinical signs and symptoms
  • Laboratory tests
  • Role of the foot and ankle practitioner
  • Evidence-based practice and clinical rationale for intervention
  • Communication and case management (includes documentation review)

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

  • Frowen et al., 2010, Neale's Disorders of the Foot, 8th edn, Elsevier, Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (6 weeks)
Workshop on-site 2 hours (6 weeks)
Clinical Pattern30%
Exam: closed book50%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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