Learning objectives: Level of Difficulty - Advanced

Evaluation & Treatment of Common Foot Injuries

  1. Attendees will be able to outline the anatomy surrounding the plantar fascia and plantar nerves. (Knowledge)

  2. Attendees will be able to distinguish common clinical findings on exam seen with both plantar fasciitis and plantar neuromas. (Analysis)

  3. Attendees will be able to determine what conservative care modalities to use to initially treat plantar fasciitis and plantar neuromas. (Synthesis)

  4. Attendees will interpret assessment strategies of the foot for plantar fasciitis and foot neuromas versus different etiology. (Evaluation)

  5. Attendees will identify when to transfer care to specialized provider for additional diagnosis and management(Apply)  


Kinetic Chain: From Core to Foot

  1. Attendees will be able to identify biomechanical and training-related risk factors for running injuries. (Knowledge)

  2. Attendees will be able to distinguish ground reaction forces associated with running and its implication in injury. (Analysis)

  3. Attendees will be able to interpret the kinematics at the pelvis, hip, knee, foot and ankle during running. (Synthesis)

  4. Attendees will assess how foot strike patterns; step rate and stride length manipulation alter ground reaction forces and lower extremity kinematics. (Evaluation)

  5. Attendees will be able to discuss and employ changes in ground reaction forces and lower extremity kinematics in common running injuries. (Apply)


The Running Footwear Debate: Shod (Traditional Cushioned) vs. Barefoot (Minimal Shoe)

  1. Attendees will interpret the significant changes made to running footwear in the last 50 years and the latest evidence showing an increased risk of injury with a heel strike pattern and pronation control that is associated with these types of footwear.  (Knowledge)

  2. Attendees will be able to differentiate between a minimal shoe, a partial minimal shoe, a cushioned shoe and a maximal shoe by being able to look up the shoes heel to toe drop and arch support ratings.  (Analysis)

  3. Attendees will develop a strategy for determining based on a runner’s pattern of injuries if high loading rates are a factor.  They will use this strategy to implement a change in running form that may include a change in footwear.  (Synthesis)

  4. Attendees will be able to advise their clients on how fast or slow to make a transitional footwear change based on their running mechanics, running experience, foot and calf strength and present symptoms.  (Evaluation)

  5. Attendees will have access to handouts of an outlined minimal shoe transition program they can use with select clients that need this change.  This program includes an 8-week foot core strengthening program, minimal shoe walking and interval minimal shoe running over several months.  (Apply)


Running Assessment: Gait Mechanical Analysis

  1. Attendees will interpret what pertinent questions to ask in order to summarize a runner’s history of running, fitness, and injury history. (Knowledge)

  2. Attendees will be able to analyze a physical assessment to ensure readiness for running and determine any underlying contributing biomechanical factors. (Analysis)

  3. Attendees will be able to perform and interpret a movement assessment as it pertains to fundamental motor control and running. (Synthesis)

  4. Attendees will evaluate the recommended environment and materials needed for a proper running assessment, develop a strategy to accurately capture video/cadence, interpret video captured – both in sagittal and frontal plane view. (Evaluation)

  5. Attendees will be to adapt and apply several methods of changes to running mechanics to improve form and reduce pain. (Apply)


Rehabilitation Goals of the Lower Extremity

  1. Attendees will be able to list and identify current best practices for the treatment of common lower extremity injuries to the runner, specifically ITB Syndrome, Patello-femoral syndrome, Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome, and Achilles Tendinopathy. (Knowledge)

  2. Attendees will be able to differentiate between common lower body injuries to the runner as well as determine the level/grade of injury. (Analysis)

  3. Attendees will develop strategies for implementing appropriate rehabilitation guidelines and return to running goals/timetable. (Synthesis)

  4. Attendees will be able to appropriately evaluate the injured runner, see gaps in their current practice, and provide evidence supporting new rehab guidelines for treatment of the injured runner. (Evaluation)

  5. Attendees will be able to gain experience in appropriate methods and techniques used to effectively evaluate, diagnose, and treat common running injuries of the lower extremity with the goal of safe return to running/sport. (Apply)