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Unit Overview


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. Students are introduced to foot and ankle radiology and learn how to correlate X-ray findings with biomechanical parameters. During the laboratory sessions students are taught the principles of taking a history and a podiatric physical examination. The practitioner-patient relationship, record keeping and time management skills are introduced. An introduction to neurological and vascular examination of the lower limb is undertaken.

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

Students are able to (1) describe the history and scope of practice of podiatric medicine; (2) understand the application of evidence based research to the application of podiatric practice; (3) understand clinically relevant normal and abnormal foot and ankle structure, function, and development, and explain the classification, etiology, anatomy, pathophysiology, common clinical and pathological manifestations, natural history, and introduction to clinical measurements, diagnostic principles and conservative treatments.; (4) demonstrate developing effective patient-centred interviewing skills; (5) describe the aetiology, clinical features and introduction to management of selective dermatological conditions.; (6) perform basic assessment of the lower extremity including neurovascular and biomechanical assessment; and (7) demonstrate the selection, safe and effective use of a range of podiatric instruments, including infection control, when performing nail and skin debridement in practice..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written examinations; (2) clinical assessments; and (3) in-training assessments. 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 written examinations and in-training assessments components.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Catherine Crabb
Unit rules
Enrolment in
90870 (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine) and either PODI4112 Integrated Clinical Sciences 2
or (IMED3003 Body Systems and Disease III
and IMED3004 Body Systems and Disease IV).
PUBH4401 Biostatistics I
Contact hours
4-6 hrs/week
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