This course presents a foundational understanding of lower limb biomechanics, teaching biomechanical assessment techniques and practical in-clinic orthotic prescription, modification & fitting.

At the completion of this course, delegates will be able to:

  • Identify Neutral Calcaneal Stance Position (NCSP)
  • Assess for Structural Leg Length Discrepancy
  • Heat & mould orthotics to the patient's STJN.

Evaluate & treat forefoot mechanics, including:
  • Forefoot Valgus & Forefoot Varus
  • Plantarflexed 1st Ray
  • Dorsiflexed 1st Ray

Perform chair-side orthotic modification, including:
  • Plantar fascial groove to treat tight Fascia
  • Extrinsic & intrinsic metatarsal dome for Metatarsalgia & Mortons Neuroma
  • 1st Metatarsal deflection to treat Plantarflexed 1st
  • Forefoot varus & valgus posting
  • Morton's Extension for HAV, Dorsiflexed 1st & Hallux Limitus

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction

    • Seminar Manual Workbook - Please print a copy if you wish to retain a copy & take notes (or you can download an electronic version).

    • Book Download - The Orthotic Solution: A Clinical Guide to Lower Limb Biomechanics & Orthotic Therapy

    • Course Introduction

  • 2

    Session 1: Lower Limb Biomechanical Theory

    • Lower Limb Biomechanical Theory

    • REQUIRED QUIZ - 1

    • OPTIONAL READING: BJSM: 'A Biomechanical Perspective: Do Foot Orthoses Work?'

  • 3

    Session 2: Motions of the Foot

    • Motions of the Foot

    • REQUIRED QUIZ - 2

    • OPTIONAL READING: Effective Orthotic Therapy for the Painful Cavus Foot

  • 4

    Session 3: Foot Positions & Subtalar Joint Neutral

    • Foot Positions & STJN

    • REQUIRED QUIZ - 3

    • OPTIONAL READING: Root Biomechanics – Does it Still Hold Water? Paul Scherer, D.P.M.

    • OPTIONAL READING: Biomechanics of the Subtalar Joint Complex - Shahan K Sarrafian

    • OPTIONAL READING: Defending Root - Doug Richie Jr

  • 5

    Session 4: Orthotics Explained

    • Orthotics Explained

    • REQUIRED QUIZ - 4

    • OPTIONAL READING: Orthotics In Functional Rehabilitation of the Lower Limb - Deborah Nawoczenski

  • 6

    Session 5: Lower Limb Biomechanical Conditions

    • Conditions - Part 1

    • REQUIRED QUIZ: 5 - Part 1

    • Conditions - Part 2

    • REQUIRED QUIZ: 5 - Part 2

    • OPTIONAL READING: Prescription Custom Foot Orthoses Practice Guidelines - ACFAOM Dec 2006

    • OPTIONAL READING: Biomechanical Basis of Foot Orthotic Prescription - C. S. Nicolopoulos et al

    • OPTIONAL READING: Evidence Based Medicine (EMB) and Orthotic Therapy - Lawrence Huppin, DPM

    • OPTIONAL READING: Sever’s Injury: Treatment with Insoles Provides Effective Pain Relief - S. Perhamre, et al

    • OPTIONAL READING: A Comparison of Shoe Inserts in Relieving Mechanical Heel Pain, M. A. Turlik, et al

    • OPTIONAL READING: Biomechanics of Ligaments in Sports Medicine - Savio L.-Y. Woo, et al

  • 7

    Session 6: Assessing Rearfoot, Range of Pronation & Finding NCSP

    • Session 6: Assessing Rearfoot, Range of Pronation & Finding NCSP

    • REQUIRED QUIZ: 6

    • OPTIONAL READING: FOOT ORTHOSES and Other Forms of Conservative Foot Care - T.C. Michaud

    • OPTIONAL READING: Methods for Assessing Leg Length Discrepancy - Sanjeev Sabharwal,MD

    • OPTIONAL READING: Detecting And Treating Leg Length Discrepancies - Mark A. Caselli, DPM, Eet al

    • OPTIONAL READING: The Foot Posture Index - Anthony C. Redmond, et al

    • OPTIONAL READING: Reliability of Palpation for Supine Medial Malleoli Asymmetry - Gary Fryer

  • 8

    Session 7: Assessing Forefoot

    • Assessing Forefoot - Part 1

    • REQUIRED QUIZ: 7 - Part 1

    • Assessing Forefoot - Part 2

    • REQUIRED QUIZ: 7 - Part 2

    • OPTIONAL READING: Extract from Merriman's Assessment of the Lower Limb - 3rd Edition

  • 9

    Session 8: Tibial Torsion

    • Tibial Torsion

    • REQUIRED QUIZ: 8

    • OPTIONAL READING: Clinical Biomechanics of the Lower Extremities (Extract) - R.L. Valmassy

  • 10

    Session 9: Assessment System

    • Biomechanical Assessment System

    • REQUIRED QUIZ: 9

  • 11

    Session 10: Orthotics Explained

    • Part 1 - Prescribing & Fitting Orthotics

    • REQUIRD QUIZ: 10 - Part 1

    • Part 2 - Overview: ICB Orthotics

    • REQUIRED QUIZ: 10 - Part 2

    • ICB Orthotics - Product Catalogue

  • 12

    Session 11: Orthotic Modification Techiques

    • Orthotic Modification Techniques

    • Creating a Morton's Extension with Toe Separator