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
Topic 2:  Patient selection for surgery
Topic 3:  Theatre protocol and sterilisation
Topic 4:  Pre/peri and post-operative care of the surgical patient
Topic 5:  Medico-legal requirements of surgical intervention
Topic 6:  Understanding foot and ankle anatomy

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 2

  • Chang, TJ, 2005, Master techniques in podiatric surgery – the foot and ankle, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
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 1 hour (12 weeks)
Community/Professional placement 8 hours per day (3 days)
Case study20%
Case study40%

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

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