Six days, Six Colleagues, World-Class Instruction
And hours of hands-on practice — all leading to new understanding and new skills to add to your toolbox.
In this practice-changing live course, your instructor, Billi Cusick, will identify and describe common developmental foot deformities in terms of plane-based anatomical components.
She'll also review musculoskeletal assessment procedures, as the findings you generate will equip you with a systematic clinical decision-making process regarding orthotic design. You'll learn to consider factors such as:
→ desired load-bearing foot and limb joint alignment,
→ magnitude of segment enclosure,
→ degrees of freedom provided or restrained, and
→ a wide range of posting options.
You'll learn how soft-tissue extensibility findings are also used in the documentation of the effects of assorted orthotic intervention strategies.
You'll discuss and gain an understanding of orthotic options, including Elaine Owen’s Tuned AFO/Footwear Combinations, heel lifting and weight-line training, orthotic posting and foot packaging principles and strategies, positioning, resting splints, stretching, and serial casting.
Lab sessions feature closely-supervised trials of several ankle and foot assessment procedures, with findings applied to orthotic posting and design. Materials will be provided for an introductory practice lab on undertaking on-site posting trials to preview effects of proposed orthotic modifications, and for a day of training in fabrication of three types of below-knee cast: plaster and SoftCast combination, FlexCast, and a removable footboard-Flexcast combination.
Special Note: All three casts are made to be removed without a motorized cutter, even when reinforced with fiberglass cast tape.