PODI4101 Podiatric Medicine 1

6 points
Not available in 2018UWA (Perth)Face to face
This is an introductory unit and starts with exploring the history and development of podiatry in Australia and selected countries, as well as the scope and practice of podiatry and its role in the healthcare system. Normal anatomy of the foot, ankle and lower extremity is discussed in detail. In addition, students learn about the biomechanics of the foot, ankle, lower extremity and selected common podiatric pathologies. Finally, students are introduced to foot and ankle radiology and learn how to correlate X-ray findings with biomechanical parameters.
Students are able to (1) describe the history and scope of practice of podiatric medicine; (2) understands the professional registration process.; (3) describe the anatomy of the foot, ankle and lower extremity and understand the intersegmental relationships; (4) identify and explain concepts of clinical measurements in biomechanics (closed and open kinetic chain); (5) identify normal anatomy by X-ray. Identify an appropriate choice of radiographic modality.; (6) describe the phasic nature of gait cycle and phasic actions of muscles; (7) describe aetiology of and clinical implications of femoral and tibial torsion and its effect on foot function; (8) describe the aetiology, pathomechanics and commpensatory mechanisms of common biomechanical foot deformities; (9) explain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people health care issues.
; (10) discuss the application of Evidence Based research to the application of podiatric practice; and (11) display professional behaviour in a variety of clinical/educational settings.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) written examination and (2) in training assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the in training assessment component.

Supplementary assessment is available for students currently enrolled in the unit who obtain an overall mark of 45 to 49%, providing no other unit is failed.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Reza Naraghi
Unit rules
Enrolment in the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (90870)
Contact hours
4 hours per week
Unit Outline
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