Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction and theory to foot function

    • Instructor introduction

    • Introduction to chapter

    • Defining terminology used in foot function

    • Movement terminology

    • Definition of terms (further reading)

    • Terminology test

    • Foot biomechanics in walking and running

    • Biomechanics of the foot during walking

    • Foot biomechanics in walking and running (further reading)

    • Foot biomechanics test

    • Mechanics of the longitudinal arch

    • Functional Characteristics of the Foot and Plantar Aponeurosis under Tibiotalar Loading (further reading)

    • Longitudinal arch test

    • Mechanics of the subtalar joint

    • Subtalar Joint Axis Location and Rotational Equilibrium Theory of Foot Function (further reading)

    • Subtalar joint test

    • Toe function

    • The importance of toes in walking (further reading)

    • Toe function test

  • 2

    Common foot dysfunction

    • Common pathologies

    • Common foot dysfunction

    • Foot structural types pathomechanics

    • Foot dysfunction test

  • 3

    Assessing your client

    • Introduction to chapter

    • Foot shape

    • Foot shape assessment

    • Shoe assessment & criteria

    • Shoe assessment & criteria

    • Big-toe mobility test

    • Big-toe mobility test

    • Stability

    • Stability tests

    • Ankle mobility

    • Ankle mobility

    • STJ position

    • STJ position test

    • Toe dissociation

    • Toe disassociation tests

    • Test - assessing your client

  • 4

    Manual exercises

    • Subtalar mobility

    • Subtalar mobility

    • Toe mobility

    • Toe mobility

  • 5

    Corrective exercises

    • Toe mobility

    • Toe mobility & flexibility exercises

    • Hallux abduction

    • Hallux abduction

    • Hallux abduction & plantar flexion

    • Hallux abduction & plantar flexion

    • Toe flexor strengthening

    • Toe flexor strengthening

    • Ankle and big toe rocker

    • Ankle and big toe rocker

    • Posterior tibialis & peroneals

    • Posterior tibialis & peroneals exercises

    • Lunge with foot activation

    • Lunge with foot activation

    • Posterior chain & foot activation

    • Posterior chain & foot activation

    • 3D Lunge

    • 3D Lunge

    • Ankle mobility

    • Ankle mobility

    • Mobility program

    • Strength programme

    • Corrective exercises - test

  • 6

    Blackboard exercises

    • Introduction to the blackboard

    • Weak foot exercise 1

    • Weak foot exercise 2

    • Weak foot exercise 3

    • Weak foot programme

    • Rigid foot exercise 1

    • Rigid foot exercise 2

    • Rigid foot exercise 3

    • Rigid foot programme

    • Collapsed metatarsal arch

    • Force transfer to 1st metatarsal

    • Force transfer to 5th metatarsal

  • 7

    Pain management exercises

    • Introduction to trigger points

    • Lower leg trigger points

  • 8

    Example programme (beginner)

    • A short example of a programme

    • Beginner programme

  • 9

    Training programmes

    • Introduction

    • Beginner - ideal to introduce foot exercises

    • Advanced programme

    • Intermediate - some experience required

    • Intermediate programme

    • Advanced - they should be able to perform beginner & intermediate with ease

    • Beginner programme

    • Stability programme

    • Stability programme

    • Strength programme

    • Strength programme

    • Elasticity programme

    • Elasticity programme

  • 10

    Further reading

    • Why the shoes pinches. H. Meyer, 1860.

    • A comparative study of the feet of barefooted and shoe-wearing people. Hoffman, 1905.

    • Use and abuse of the toes

    • Causes and cure of diseases of the feet. Cleaveland, 1862.

    • Footprint biomechincs. L. Riskowski et. al. 2015.

    • Rehabilitation after Hallux Valgus Surgery. R. Schuh, et. al. 2009.

    • Subtle cavus foot

    • Foot strength & stiffness are related to footwear use. H.B Hollowka et al. 2018

    • "Doctor, my feet hurt"

    • Foot Morphological Difference between Habitually Shod and Unshod Runners

    • The Effect of Sesamoid Mobilization, Flexor Hallucis Strengthening, and Gait Training. J. Shamus et. al. 2004

    • The human foot D.S. Eliis

    • Shoes and Gait

    • Increased hallux angle in children and its association with insufficient length of footwear. C. Klein et. al. 2009

    • A Comparison of Foot Form Among the Non-Shoe and Shoe-Wearing Chinese Population

    • The influence of footwear on the prevalence of flat foot. U.B. Rao, B. Joseph, 1992.

    • Barefoot vs common footwear: A systematic review of the kinematic, kinetic and muscle activity differences during walking.

    • Functional differences between the hallux and lesser toes

    • Effect of the upward curvature of toe springs on walking biomechanics in humans.

    • Role of the great toe in balance performance

  • 11

    Code of conduct

    • Code of conduct for Instructors

  • 12

    Certification instructions

    • Certification

    • Case study assignment