2013 Pediatric Gait Analysis: A Segmental Kinematic Approach to Orthotic Management

Chicago, Illinois
Thursday, December 12, 2013

2013 Pediatric Gait Analysis: A Segmental Kinematic Approach to Orthotic Management
Thursday, December 12, 2013 7:50 AM -
Saturday, December 14, 2013 4:00 PM (Central Standard Time)

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
(312) 238-6042
345 E. Superior Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611
United States

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Course Description
This course is intended primarily for pediatric physical therapists and orthotists.  This course explores a fresh approach to the observation and analysis of normal standing, stepping and 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.

Course Objectives
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

Describe kinematic (movement) analysis of the divisions of the normal gait cycle with equal emphasis on movements of the joints and movements of the segments relative to the vertical. 

Describe kinetic (force) analysis of the divisions of the normal gait cycle and the interaction of kinematics with kinetics

Describe the kinematics and kinetics of standing and stepping

Describe and Discuss the kinematics and kinetics of pathological gaits, gait deviations at segments and joints and categorization or pathological gaits by segment deviation.

Distinguish the assessments required to determine the optimum sagittal angle of the ankle in an AFO and demonstrate the use of a clinical algorithm.   

Distinguish and Discuss the biomechanics of a variety of AFO and footwear designs and the alignment, refinement and tuning of these designs to optimize gait.

Demonstrate use of an algorithm for designing, aligning and tuning AFO Footwear Combinations to determine optimum prescriptions 

Integrate tuning concepts with patient case examples


Contact Information

  • Please Contact:
    Mary Eugene
    Registrar - RIC Academy
    Phone: 312-238-4251
    Fax: 312-238-4451

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