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PODY1016 Foundations of Podiatric Practice

Module Overview

The Foundations of Podiatric Practice Module is the foundation module for level 4 students entering the podiatry programme. It offers the student an insight into the scope and boundaries of the practice of modern podiatry whilst familiarising them with the basic concepts of medical and podiatric terminology along with the presentations of common clinical podiatric conditions. Additionally, the module covers the anatomy of the lower limb in detail to allow the student to begin to orientate themselves with the foot and ankle structures and those of the lower limb. At a pre-clinical level, students are introduced the clinical environment through use of the “Canonbury Suite” within this module and taken through basic clinical procedure which aligns with the statutory and mandatory skills such as infection control and handwashing.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Develop a detailed understanding of lower limb structure and function. • Recognise the main soft tissue structures of the lower limb. • Gain a knowledge and understanding of the common podiatric pathologies affecting the tissues of the foot, utilising appropriate terminology. • Gain a knowledge and understanding of the treatment and management strategies of common foot disorders.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Identify and describe the anatomy of the lower limb including osseous and soft tissues.
  • Identify and describe the effect that common congenital and acquired abnormalities of the foot and digits have on lower limb tissue.
  • Identify factors that may affect normal movement and the normal gait cycle
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the need to fulfil CPD and follow codes of practice and clinical governance
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Show an understanding of the important role that current evidence based practice and podiatric / other health related research plays in enhancing professional practice, knowledge base and patient care.
  • Present and explain appropriate podiatric management regimes using mechanical, physical, operative and pharmacological therapies.
  • Practice a culture of disseminating and sharing information with peers.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Displays an ability to access and acknowledge information from a range of sources for given tasks
  • Starts to utilise problem solving, critical analysis and research skills
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of research and evidence in their work.


Students will study: • Nail structure, normal development and growth. Nail pathologies, clinical appearance, aetiology and management. • Skin anatomy, growth and development, including histology, functions, anatomical variations, blood supply, repair and innervation. • Lower limb surface anatomy. • Osteology, arthrology and myology of the lower limb. • The neuro-vascular supply to the leg and foot. • Definition, clinical appearance, histology and aetiology of common pedal dermatoses, linked with extrinsic - common congenital / acquired biomechanical abnormalities of the foot and digits; intrinsic and non-mechanically induced formation, clinical management regimes. • Definition, pathology, clinical signs / symptoms, aetiology and management of acute and chronic traumatic and inflammatory conditions i.e. blisters, bursitis and chilblains. • Infections of the skin; definitions, clinical signs and symptoms, aetiological factors and management including; fungal bacterial and viral infections i.e. tinea and verrucae.

Special Features

For features such as field trips, information should be included as to how students with special needs will be enabled to benefit from this or an equivalent experience. Visit to the Anatomical Sciences Department (1 Session).

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Students will participate in sessions that are theoretically based to introduce the main principles. Teaching sessions will serve to deliver information of specific study areas along with an outline of the reading necessary to attain the required standard. These sessions will include the use of videos and slides. Seminars will consist of group work for presentations, case based learning and / or debates. Practical elements such as dissection sessions will be used to demonstrate anatomy and function. Student learning will be supported by the module teaching staff throughout the academic year and all students will be supplied with a module handbook, aimed at reinforcing learning from these sessions. Access to learning materials will also be available through the Blackboard website:

Supervised time in studio/workshop3
Wider reading or practice16
Completion of assessment task88
Practical classes and workshops26
Follow-up work16
Preparation for scheduled sessions16
Total study time188

Resources & Reading list

Drake RL, Vogk AW, Mitchell, AWM (3010). Grays Anatomy for students. 

Mooney, J (2009). Illustrated Dictionary of Podiatry and Foot Science. 

Stone JA, Stone RA. (2011). Atlas of Skeletal Muscles. 

Drake RL, Vogk AW, Mitchell, AWM (2012). Grays Basic Anatomy. 

De Berker D, Bristow I, Baran R, Dawber RPR. (2003). Nails: Appearance and therapy. 

Yates B. (2012). Merriman’s assessment of the lower limb. 

Equipment: Fully equipped lecture facilities, Anatomy TV or equivalent, A and P package Fully equipped skills lab including anatomical models. Access to SGH anatomy lab. 

Anatomy TV: Interactive anatomy [online subscription resource.

Journal of Foot and Ankle Research: Biomed central.

Podiatry Arena.

Facilities: Lecture rooms- 8 sessions Skills lab -9 sessions Anatomy lab – 1session. 

Staffing: Contact time 101 hours: Senior Lecturer as 3 staff needed for each practical session. 6 different staff members teach into this module.. 

Journal of the American podiatric medical association.

Dauber R, Bristow I, Turner W (2002). A text atlas of podiatric dermatology. 

Frowen P, O’Donnell MM, Burrow G, Lorimer DL (eds) (2010). Neale’s disorders of the foot. 

Snell RS (2003). Clinical Anatomy. 

Expected Student Numbers: 35. 

Logan B, Hutchings RT (2011). McMinn's Color Atlas of Foot and Ankle Anatomy. 


Turner W and Merriman, L.M. (2005). Clinical Skills in treating the foot. 

Watkins J (2009). Pocket Podiatry: Functional Anatomy. 

Romanes, G J (1986). Cunningham's Manual of Practical Anatomy: Upper and Lower Limbs: Upper and Lower Limbs Vol 1. 

Podiatry Now.

British Medical Journal.

Field D, Owen-Hutchinson J (2008). Lower Limb Anatomy, Palpation & Surface Markings. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Multiple choice question 50%
Written essay  (2000 words) 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

All suggested journal and book resources are available through the library. Anatomy TV is accessible free of charge to students There are no additional costs for students.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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