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AOL5 Foot and ankle examination and management review for first contact practitioners

Course summary

This course focuses on adults who present with complaints related to the foot and ankle. It is aimed specifically at health care professionals (registered nurses and paramedics) who examine and assess foot and ankle injuries and ailments in acute settings (e.g Emergency Departments or Urgent Care), or community settings such as the patient’s own home or GP surgery.

Who should attend?

Those attending this course will already be practising in an advanced practitioner role. They will therefore already have a good understanding of anatomy and physiology of the body part being taught.

Delegates should also have competent history taking skills as this will not be covered in any great depth. It is also expected that attendees will practice the assessment skills outside of the course session to consolidate their learning. 

Important notes

The course is a half day course. If delivered face to face a morning and afternoon session to two different groups will be held.

All course material, certificate of attendance and evaluations are provided. 


Course duration Course CPD In-house Course
0.5 day(s) 4 hour(s) POA

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Aims / objectives

  • Refresh knowledge of the anatomy of the lower leg, ankle, and foot
  • Discuss the importance of and approaches to obtain a full patient history 
  • Explore assessment of the foot and ankle, including physical examination and x-ray findings
  • Discuss differential diagnoses of foot and ankle injuries
  • Examine appropriate management options, including safe and appropriate referral

Course programme

  • Revision of anatomy of the lower leg
  • Accurate, effective history taking 
  • Examination technique to include assessing for neurological and functional deficit
  • X-ray interpretation and findings
  • Common ankle and foot injuries and ailments and associated treatment choices
    -This will include accidents and injuries, sport injuries and ailments (e.g. sprains, achilles tendon rupture, fractures, in-grown toenails, and fungal infections)
  • When to refer on for specialist investigation/opinion 

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