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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 4:  Principles of Lower Extremity Orthosis  (10 Contact Hours)
Chapter 8:  Foot Orthoses
Chapter 9: Principles of Lower Extremity Orthoses
Chapter 11:  Orthoses for Knee Dysfunction

Module Goals

Course Goals:This course is intended to instruct the professional through a self-paced study of Orthotics and Prosthetics in Rehabilitation through the Principles of Lower Extremity Orthosis and Foot and Knee Orthotics.
Professional Learning Objectives
  1. Discuss the history of the functional foot orthosis.
  2. Define the midtarsal joint (MJT).
  3. Demonstrate knowledge in non-weight-bearing open chain examination.
  4. Recognize neutral forefoot position.
  5. Identify normal gait.
  6. Define positive toe sign.
  7. List the goals of orthotic intervention.
  8. Differentiate between forefoot posting and rearfoot posting.
  9. Discuss Root's paradigm.
  10. Recognize orthoses and lower extremity function.
  11. Define Morton's Neuroma.
  12. Identify the significant contribution of the individual and caregiver in the prescription process.
  13. Discuss appropriate footwear.
  14. Identify a common indicator for use of an anterior floor reaction ankle-foot orthosis (AFO).
  15. Understand progression through stance phase.
  16. Define dynamic orthoses.
  17. Recognize additional dorsiflexion assist options.
  18. Discuss hinged thermoplastic ankle-foot orthosis.
  19. Recognize when a knee ankle foot orthoses (KAFO) should be considered.
  20. List the advantages and disadvantages of conventional knee-ankle-foot orthoses.
  21. Identify the variable position orthotic knee joint.
  22. Discuss conventional hip knee ankle foot orthoses (HKAFO).
  23. Understand reciprocal gait orthosis.
  24. Discuss functional knee orthoses (FKOs) attempts to provide.
  25. Understand the biomechanics of knee motion.
  26. Identify prophylactic knee orthoses.
  27. List orthoses for osteoarthritis.
  28. Discuss the Muller Max Knee Strap.
  29. Recognize the efficacy of patellofemoral orthoses.