Foot and Ankle Simplified and Running Analysis & Gait Re-training by Benoy Mathew
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This highly practical course has two parts:
- Day 1: Foot and Ankle Simplified
- Day 2: Overview of Running Injuries and Running Analysis.
On day One, we cover common pathologies of foot and ankle. The 'Foot and Ankle Simplified' course is aimed at all therapy practitioners wanting to improve their clinical assessment skills and learn new concepts and treatment options in relation to the foot and ankle.
This workshop is highly practical and full of clinical tips that you can put into practice the very next day. It focuses on the current evidence of chronic foot & ankle injuries, manual techniques and functional exercises for the lower extremity. The goal is for you to leave with skills that simplify the leg, foot and ankle, help with differential diagnoses and incorporate effective manual techniques and rehabilitation strategies.
On day two, we will look into current management of running injuries and overview of running analysis and gait re-training. Many runners and triathletes never achieve their full potential, due to inefficient running form. Inefficient kinematic variations such as over-striding and excessive hip adduction have been implicated in common running injuries such as Patello-Femoral pain and ITB syndrome. There will be a practical demonstration of running analysis to identify inefficient running patterns and develop interpretation skills and correct basic running technique if indicated. Particular emphasis will be placed on analysing running biomechanics using Video Analysis and then correcting movement dysfunction through movement re-education and movement re-patterning, utilising a variety of tools. The evidence behind and practical application of running retraining and adjunctive interventions are also explored.
The course has been designed for physiotherapists, osteopaths, sports therapists, running coaches, personal trainers and other health care professionals who are involved in the management of running injuries.
- Ability to assess and treat varied range of ankle & foot pathologies. Assessment tools for movement screening and a better understanding of differential diagnosis
- Manual therapy techniques for the leg, foot and ankle and exercise progressions with return to play screening
- Learn to analyse running gait (treadmill-based) using video analysis and identify kinematic and kinetic variables, associated with injury.
- Develop practical skills and clinical reasoning processes to apply running re-training interventions in the context of injury prevention and special focus on step rate (cadence) manipulation, mirror re-training, auditory cues and mobility drills to improve running economy.
Note: Each activity will consist of theoretical and practical components. Please bring shorts to the course for the practical sessions. Pre-reading articles will be sent before the course.
Workshop will include:
- Differential Diagnosis in Chronic F&A Pain
- Overview of F&A Pathologies (Heel Pain, Problem Ankle, Tendinopathies, etc)
- Manual Therapy Techniques for F&A
- Clinical Evaluation of the Injured Runner
- Running Analysis and Gait Re-training
Benoy Mathew, MSc, MCSP, MAACP. Ben qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1998 and currently works as an Extended Scope Practitioner in the NHS and privately with running clubs. Clinically, he specialises in the management of difficult musculoskeletal and sports injuries with a particular focus on overuse young hip and knee injuries. He has a particular passion for identifying and correcting dysfunctional movement patterns that lead to overuse injuries and impair performance in the active population. (Twitter @function2fitnes)