?> PaulsethPT | Advanced Differential Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Intervention Techniques for Patients with Foot and Ankle Complaints


Instructors: Stephen Paulseth, PT DPT SCS ATC and RobRoy Martin, PT PhD CSCS

Date: TBD

Location: University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute – 2200 Kernan Drive Baltimore, MD 21207

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Course Description:

There are a variety of pathologic processes that can affect physical therapy practice when patients present with foot and ankle related symptoms. Many of these pathologies are of musculoskeletal origin and amenable to physical therapy intervention. However, in the direct access model for physical therapists, patients may present with non-musculoskeletal related complaints. This course will outline techniques for a logical evaluation and systematic diagnosis of both musculoskeletal and non-musculoskeletal pathologies. Manual therapy and taping techniques can be important components of a comprehensive rehabilitation program when treating individuals with musculoskeletal related foot and ankle pathologies. This course will teach manual therapy, taping techniques, and function exercises directed at the joints of the foot and ankle complex. Evidence-based practice guidelines, anatomical/biomechanical considerations, and hands-on skills will be emphasized in this lab-intensive course.

CEUs Available.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Prioritize a systematic examination that can be used to differentiate musculoskeletal from non-musculoskeletal pathologies.
  • Develop and apply a logical evaluation strategy to allow for the development of an appropriate intervention plan.
  • Create a patient specific intervention program consisting of mobilization, taping techniques, and innovative exercises based on evaluation findings.
  • Summarize the evidence-based literature to support and/or refute the use of examination techniques, manual therapy, taping strategies, and exercise for the foot and ankle complex.
  • Integrate the APTA clinical practice guidelines into a comprehensive evaluation and intervention plan for common foot and ankle problems.

Course Schedule:

Day One:

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Introduction & Overview: Terminology Course Assumptions
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM Practicing in a Direct Access Model: Overview
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Clinical Anatomy and Biomechanics: Pathologic Processes that can Affect Practice for Direct Access Clinician
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM Assessing for Causes of Non-Musculoskeletal Pain: A Systematic Model
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM Differential Diagnosis: Pearls & Perils in a Direct Access Model
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Evaluating the Foot and Ankle: Signs, Symptoms, and Movement Dysfunction
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Treatment Models Based on Patient Categorization
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Anatomy, Biomechanics & Treatment Techniques for the Hindfoot
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM Leg and Hindfoot: Development of Individualized Treatment Programs
6:00 PM – 6:30 PM Concluding Remarks, Discussion & Summary

Day Two:

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Anatomy, Biomechanics & Treatment Techniques for the Midfoot
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Midfoot: Development of Individualized Treatment Programs
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Anatomy, Biomechanics & Treatment Techniques for the Forefoot
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Forefoot: Development of Individualized Treatment Programs
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM LUNCH
Evidence Based Approach to Manual Therapy, Taping & Exercise: Application of Clinical Practice Guidelines:
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM Achilles Tendinopathy
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Ankle Sprains
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Plantar Fasciitis
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Integrating Concepts in Complex Case Studies
5:30 PM – 6:00 PM Concluding Remarks, Discussion & Summary

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$495 before December 1, 2014

$545 after December 1, 2014

$575 at the door

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