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This course utilizes content from the textbook “Orthotics and Prosthetics in Rehabilitation, 3rd Edition” by Authors: Michelle M. Lusardi, PT, DPT, PhD & Milagros "Millee" Jorge, PT, MA, EdD & Caroline Nielsen, BA, MA, PhD ©2013, published by Elsevier.

Instructional Level: Beginner to Intermediate
This course offers the most comprehensive text available on the topic of Orthotics and Prosthetics in Rehabilitation, making it your one stop resource for clinically relevant rehabilitation information.  Evidence-based coverage offers essential guidelines on orthotic/prosthetic prescription, pre- and post-intervention gait assessment and outcome measurement, and working with special populations.  Providing a strong foundation in and appreciation for the field of orthotics and prosthetics that will give you the critical skills needed when working with this unique client population.

Throughout the course you’ll find comprehensive coverage of rehabilitation in a variety of environments, including acute care, long-term care, home health care, and outpatient settings.  Authoritative information is incorporated throughout to keep you up to date with the recognized standard in the field and case studies present real-life scenarios that demonstrate how key concepts apply to clinical decision making and evidence-based practice.  Also included are topics in athletics, exploring advanced training and athletics including running and athletic competition, to enhance the quality of life for persons with amputation.  Updated information covering the assessment of gait with a focus on clinically useful outcomes measures, motor control and motor learning incorporating new insights in neuroplasticity and functional recovery.

To better meet your professional needs, this fully illustrated text of 851 pages has been carefully broken down by sections into 12 modules.  Each module approved for 3, 5, 7 or 10 contact hours of post-graduate continuing education (NOTE: board approvals vary state to state, please check your states approval status in the state specific course catalog by returning to our home page and entering both your state and profession).
Each module can be purchased individually or combined with one or all of the other modules from this course to create a Course Bundle.  Each course is offered in two easy formats to again meet your professional needs.  You can choose to have immediate access to your course by selecting the online format (PDF download) or a hard copy of the material can be rushed to your home by selecting our mail format. 

Module Description

Included in Module 3:  Clinical Assessment of Gate and Footwear for Lower Extremity Orthosis  (7 Contact Hours)
Chapter 5:  Clinical Assessment of Gait 
Chapter 6:  Materials and Technology
Chapter 7:  Footwear:  Foundation for Lower Extremity Orthoses

Module Goals

Course Goals:This course is intended to instruct the professional through a self-paced study of Orthotics and Prosthetics in Rehabilitation through Clinical Assessment of Gate and Footwear for Lower Extremity Orthosis.
Professional Learning Objectives
  1. Discuss the mean loading bearing line.
  2. Define terminal stance.
  3. Understand common gait deviations observed during stance.
  4. Recognize measuring temporal and distance parameters.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge using pressure-sensing technology.
  6. Identify a useful test for patients with vestibular and balance problems.
  7. Understand characteristics of gait in hemiplegia.
  8. Discuss orthotic solutions for children with diplegia.
  9. Define transitional alignment.
  10. Identify a common gait deviation in transfemoral prosthectic gait.
  11. Discuss orthotics and prosthetics in the twentieth century.
  12. Recognize the content of steel and the major determinate of its ductility and yield strength characteristics.
  13. Identify one of the most common techniques used in orthotic and prosthetic laboratories to fabricate the "user" interface components of a device.
  14. Recognize orthotic prescription guidelines.
  15. Define an alternative method of prosthetic fabrication in the 1960's that used computers.
  16. Understand shape-manipulation software.
  17. Discuss the maintenance of orthoses and prostheses.
  18. List the basic parts of the shoe.
  19. Recognize fashion verses function.
  20. List primary determinates of proper shoe fit.
  21. Discuss obesity and edema.
  22. Define tibial torsion.
  23. Understand choosing appropriate footwear and socks.
  24. Discuss rocker bottoms.
  25. Define pes planus.
  26. Demonstrate knowledge when reading the wear on shoes.