This course counters the erroneous belief that poor pediatric foot development is of no concern. It begins by reviewing ideal anatomical development. Next, it presents orthopedic development in relation to appropriate development of an adequate base of support, and the subsequent functional assessment of the pediatric lower quarter. Finally, it addresses the negative effects of abnormal development on gait and posture, and presents suggestions for proactive and preventative intervention.
By the end of this course, learners will:
- Recognize aspects of appropriate anatomical development of the body and foot
- Recall the impact of shoes on ossification, arch development, and gait
- Identify considerations pertaining to “flatfoot”
- Distinguish between gait assessments
- Recognize elements of evidence-based interventions for pediatric flatfoot
3 CE HOURS