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Gold Coast Session 2 Session 2

Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Builds upon student learning from  Lower Limb Medicine I.  Introduces students to disease processes and pathology associated with advanced foot and ankle conditions.  

Unit content

Topic 1: Body systems and systemic diseases affecting the lower limb

  • Epidemiology, mortality and morbidity
  • Aetiology, signs and symptoms
  • Management
  • Multidisciplinary care, communication and referral
    • Autoimmune disease and systemic arthropathies
    • Connective tissue and neurological disorders
    • Endocrine disease
    • Cardiovascular disease and respiratory conditions
    • Other diseases of the foot and ankle

Topic 2: 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)
    • Autoimmune disease and systemic arthropathies
    • Connective tissue and neurological disorders
    • Endocrine disease
    • Cardiovascular disease and respiratory conditions
    • Other diseases of the foot and ankle

Topic 3: Sports medicine for the lower limb

  • Clinical signs and symptoms
  • Normal and Abnormal parameters in assessment and management of sporting injuries
  • Evidence-based practice and clinical rationale for intervention
  • Multidisciplinary care, communication, case management and referral
    • Common sporting injuries of the lower limb
    • Complicated and chronic sporting injuries of the lower limb

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 apply the theory pertaining to systemic disease and its effects on the lower limb
2 design a plan for the management of of systemic disease
3 evaluate the normal and abnormal parameters of acute and chronic lower limb sports injuries
4 outline the specific approaches to assessment and management of foot disease
5 define the importance of multi-disciplinary care for foot disease

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

  1. apply the theory pertaining to systemic disease and its effects on the lower limb
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  2. design a plan for the management of of systemic disease
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  3. evaluate the normal and abnormal parameters of acute and chronic lower limb sports injuries
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  4. outline the specific approaches to assessment and management of foot disease
    • GA4:
  5. define the importance of multi-disciplinary care for foot disease
    • GA1:
    • GA4:

Prescribed texts

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