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This course is intended primarily for pediatric physical therapists and orthotists. This course explores a fresh approach to the observation and analysis of normal gait and the management of gait disorders. The biomechanics of normal gait and the pathological gaits of disabling conditions will be reviewed, with particular reference to orthotic management. The emphasis of patient cases will focus on cerebral palsy, myelomenigocoele and other neurological conditions. Participants will gain knowledge of the aims of orthotic management and how to achieve them through: the biomechanics of ankle foot orthoses, the influence of footwear, varieties of “AFO footwear combination” design, refining, aligning and tuning “AFO footwear combination” design to optimize gait, and extensive video examples. In addition, patient discussions in small and large groups will help participants refine their clinical decision- making skills involved in gait analysis and orthotic design. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to apply the principles directly into their working practice.
Who Should Attend
Orthotists, Orthotic Assistants, Orthotic Technicians, Orthotic Fitters, Pedorthists, Pediatric Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants. Physical Therapists working in adult neurology or adult learning disability and other professionals working in pediatrics have also found the content relevant and valuable.
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