Unit description

Introduces students to the concepts of foot and ankle surgery in the podiatry profession. Surgical treatment modalities are introduced including minor nail and skin procedures. The theory of advanced podiatric foot and ankle surgery is examined through case-based learning.

Unit content

Topic 1:  Foot and ankle procedures and evidence based surgery

  • Ingrown toenails and plantar warts
  • Advanced foot and ankle surgery

Topic 2:  Patient selection for surgery

  • The healthy and unhealthy patient

Topic 3:  Theatre protocol and sterilisation

  • Maintaining a sterile field
  • Theatre protocols and behaviour

Topic 4:  Pre/peri and post-operative care of the surgical patient

  • Pharmacological considerations
  • Managing complications

Topic 5:  Medico-legal requirements of surgical intervention

  • Documentation, communication and informed consent
  • Scope of practice and regulatory frameworks

Topic 6:  Understanding foot and ankle anatomy

  • Changes in anatomy following foot and ankle surgery
  • Complications of surgery and gait adaptions

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

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