Comprehensive Treatment of the Foot and Ankle

Course Description

This course takes a significantly different approach to treatment of the foot and ankle. It focuses on how to restore normal foot mechanics and take stress off of the soft tissues in the foot through manual techniques, taping and orthotic therapy. It shows you common foot dysfunctions that lead to common foot diagnoses. The manual therapy techniques covered include joint mobilizations and myofascial release / soft tissue mobilizations. You will make a pair of temporary orthotics in the class, utilizing a structural and functional approach, which can be easily replicated on Monday morning.

As with all of our manual therapy courses, this seminar will follow a progression of principles and reinforce them throughout the 16 hours. This course is at least 75% hands-on lab, and will give the clinician hands-on skills they use immediately upon their return to the clinical setting.

Foot & Ankle Schedule

Course Objectives

At the completion of this seminar, the participant will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to select the correct mobilization technique, myofascial technique, and correct taping, balance re-education or orthotic technique based on a patient's clinical presentation
  • Demonstrate the correct hand technique, the correct grading of joint mobilization, and describe the specific physiologic effects of joint mobilization
  • Demonstrate the correct specific techniques for MFR of the foot and lower extremity to treat foot and ankle dysfunctions
  • Demonstrate the correct specific techniques for taping of the foot and ankle

Topics Covered

Course Instructors

Brandon Lorenz

PT, MPT, CIMT


Brandon graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a master’s degree in physical therapy and was the recipient of the Dean’s Award for the highest scholastic achievement in his class. For over a decade, Brandon has taught manual therapy courses to thousands of physical therapists across the country and educated them on physical therapy techniques with a focus on manual therapy. Additionally, Brandon has pursued extensive continuing education in order to provide patients with advanced manual therapy techniques for the treatment of neck, back and peripheral joint dysfunctions. In addition to holding a master’s degree in physical therapy, Brandon is a Certified Integrated Manual Therapist (CIMT). Brandon’s expertise is in using a holistic approach when treating patients, with an emphasis on manual therapy techniques such as muscle energy, myofascial release, and low and high amplitude mobilizations. He enjoys working with all types of injuries, but specializes in the evaluation and treatment of all runner-related injuries. He also specializes in foot therapy, including fabrication of orthotics.

Brandon Lorenz

Course Outline

Saturday


7:30pm

Continental Breakfast

8:00pm

Lecture: Introduction, Naming and Understanding FF & RF Dysfunctions, Normal and Abnormal Foot Biomechanics, Common Pathologies from Over Pronation and Supination

10:15pm

Lecture: Foot Function during Gait, Athletic Shoe Discussion, Function of Orthotics, Anatomy Review

12:00pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:00pm

Lab: Palpation and Evaluation of the Foot / Ankle Complex

4:00pm

Mobilization of the Ankle: TC, Distal and Proximal Tib-Fib Joints

5:00pm

Review of Evidence-Based Literature for today’s topics

5;30pm

Adjourn

Sunday


7:30am

Continental Breakfast

8:00am

Lab: Joint Mobilization of the Rearfoot and Midfoot Joints

9:00am

Lab: Joint Mobilization of Forefoot and Hallux Joints

10:15pm

Lab: MFR of the Foot / Ankle Complex

11:00am

Lab: Taping

12:00pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:00pm

Lab: Taping (cont.)

2:00pm

Orthotic Discussion and Demonstration

3:00pm

Lab: Orthotic Fabrication

4:00pm

Case Study and Speed Mobilization Review

4:30pm

Review of Evidence-Based Literature for today’s topics

5:00pm

Adjourn

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