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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

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

Unit content

Cutaneous foot disease

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

Abnormal foot structure and pathomechanics

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

Body systems and systemic diseases affecting the lower limb

  • Epidemiology
  • Aetiology, signs and symptoms
  • Assessment and management
  • Multidisciplinary care, communication and referral

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

  • Lower limb clinical signs and symptoms
  • Role of the foot and ankle practitioner
  • Evidence-based practice and clinical rationale for intervention
  • Communication and case management (including 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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate knowledge of common presentations of cutaneous foot disease related to the pathomechanical foot Intellectual rigour
2 summarise the pathomechanical foot and related evidence based management Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
3 discuss common presentations of systemic disease in the foot and lower limb Intellectual rigour
4 communicate a plan for the assessment and management of systemic diseases and their effects on the lower limb Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
5 explain the importance of multidisciplinary care for foot disease. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of common presentations of cutaneous foot disease related to the pathomechanical foot
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  2. summarise the pathomechanical foot and related evidence based management
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. discuss common presentations of systemic disease in the foot and lower limb
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  4. communicate a plan for the assessment and management of systemic diseases and their effects on the lower limb
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  5. explain the importance of multidisciplinary care for foot disease.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • Frowen, P, O’Donnell, M & Burrow, JG, 2010, Neale’s Disorders of the Foot, 8th edn, Elsevier, Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.