DAY  CONFERENCE  – 19th Feb 2011


Review Pathological Gait Abnormalities | Identify Recognisable Foot Types | Aid Injury Management | Improve Gait Assessment | Increase Accuracy of Specialist Footwear Fitting.

Booking Information

You are invited to attend an all-day conference examining the recent changes in the Orthotic assessment and treatment of the lower-limb. Particular emphasis will be paid to the Bio-mechanical impact of joint instability and the effect of poor muscular control on Gait. Several case studies will be presented to aid and encourage open discussion.

The course is aimed at individuals who already have a professional qualification related to heath-care and bio-mechanics ie physiotherapy, but is open to anyone who has an advanced professional interest in lower limb posture or running or works within a specialist footwear retailer and wishes to further develop their knowledge.

  • Review the phases of normal gait and understand their relevance when assessing deformity or poor muscular control.
  • Appraise the various key foot profiles responsible for a wide range of postural abnormalities and understand how each foot pathology creates an easily recognisable bio-mechanical deficit.
  • Participate in the two afternoon practical workshops, assessing the gait and posture of your colleagues, proposing treatment alternatives to restore optimal bio-mechanical gait and restore the dynamic control of the kinetic chain.
  • Understand the benefit of accurate orthotic prescription and the high importance of multi-disciplinary team-working to enable the optimal rehabilitation of your patient.


09.00 – 09.30          Coffee and Registration

09.30 – 10.00          Introduction

10.00 – 10.30           Gait Analysis

An introduction to the characteristic phases of gait,reviewing case studies, reflecting on the impact of posture and alignment on gait.

10.30 – 11.00           Pathological Foot Types

Appraisal of calcaneal valgus/varus, fore-foot varus/valgus. equinus ankle, hypermobility and identification of lower-limb abnormality.

11.00 – 11.15            Quiz

11.15 – 11.30             Coffee

11.30 – 12.30            Bio-mechanics & Orthotics

A review of recent changes in the Orthotic treatment of postural variances with particular attention to bio-mechanical assessment.

12.30 – 13.00           Lunch

13.00 – 13.45           Practical – Bio-mechanical Foot Assessment

Join in for the 1st practical workshop and assess lower limb joint motion and alignment. Observe the foot as a dynamic propulsive mechanism and understand the nuances of its movement.

13.45 – 14.30           Practical – The Effect of Gait on deficient Bio-mechanics

Continue your participation in the 2nd practical workshop reviewing the impact of gait on previously identified postural abnormalities and their impact on the kinetic chain and joint stability. Propose treatment alternatives to restore the dynamic control of the kinetic chain and optimise gait.

14.30 – 14.45           Quiz

14.45 – 15.00           Coffee

15.00 – 15.30          Casting Demo

15.30 – 16.30          Open Forum Discussion and Round-up