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Unit Overview


This unit is designed to further expand students' understanding of the scientific basis and practice of podiatric medicine and to make their clinical experiences the following year more meaningful. The unit focuses on common foot pathological conditions encountered in the practice of podiatry. Various aspects are explored such as biomechanics, dermatological, podopediatrics, circulatory and neurological disorders. The teaching is taught through lectures, PBLs and selected laboratory sessions.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) describe the pathomechanics and conservative treatment of common foot deformities/pathologies; (2) discuss the atielogy clinical features and management of common dermatological conditions; (3) describe the clinical presentation of selected neurological conditions; (4) discuss clinical presentation of vascular diseases in the lower extremity; (5) search and critically review literature on a nominated podiatric topic; (6) assess and differentiate normal and pathological gait; (7) discuss normal milestones of development; (8) discuss clinical presentation and objective tests used to assess congenital dislocation of the hip; (9) discuss clinical presentation of common paediatric conditions; (10) understand the clinical features of an abnormal gait; (11) discuss patient education of dermatological, vascular, musculoskeletal and neurological conditions affecting the foot and ankle; (12) describe healthcare needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; (13) understand the pattern of specific podiatric conditions in population groups; and (14) display professional behaviour in a variety of clinical/educational settings.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) mid-semester examination; (2) ongoing problem-based learning (PBL) and tutorials; and (3) two-hour end-of-semester written examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Reza Naraghi
Unit rules
Successful completion of
ANHB4103 Normal Systems 1
, PODI4101 Podiatric Medicine 1
, PODI4202 Progression of Clinical Practice 1
, PODI4104 Lower Extremity Functional Anatomy and Physiology
Contact hours
4 hours per week
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