Foot and Ankle Course

Foot and Ankle Course

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Course description

Probably the best foot and ankle course in SA!

Foot and Ankle Course - Assessment, Diagnosis, Treatment and Rehabilitation

This course will present an update on the functional anatomy of the foot and ankle and how this influences the choice of treatment and management outcomes for foot and ankle pathology and injury. A practical protocol to managing acute ankle injuries will also be presented and discussion around several case studies and treatment regimens will also take place. 

The treatment and rehabilitation of more complex and long-standing foot and ankle injuries with a special input into “weak and unstable” ankles will also be presented incorporating footwear, orthotics, braces and taping and rehabilitation strategies. This course is practical and easy to implement in your practice and will assist you in making correct and informative decisions regarding your patients’ foot and ankle problems.

Why do the foot and ankle course? 

Helene is foremost a clinician who is passionate about evidence based clinical practice.  The course aims give tips and guidance based on the clinical knowledge she has amassed and her on-going research. 

The workshop will kick off with an update on the functional anatomy of the foot and ankle and how this influences the choice of treatment, management and functional outcomes. 

Helene wants to assist physiotherapists with their clinical reasoning in grading ankle sprains, assessing acute ankle injuries and concomitant injuries. We will discuss the most useful clinical tests, the importance of the Ottawa Ankle and foot rules in excluding fractures, and how to assess a patient’s functional performance, inclusive or return to sport. 

An evidence-based protocol in managing acute ankle injuries will be presented and various treatment regimens will be discussed. We will discuss when and for how long an ankle should be immobilised and the immediate treatment following an ankle sprain. 

A comprehensive rehabilitation workshop will address the important components to be included in a rehabilitation regime. Treatment and rehabilitation of complex and long-standing foot and ankle pathologies such as recurrent ankle sprains, ankle instability and impingements, osteochondral lesions and a short introduction on mid-foot sprains, plantar heel pain, and the acquired flat foot and “weak and unstable” ankles will be presented. 

She will discuss/ debate footwear, orthotics, preventative braces and taping. This is in essence a hands-on/ practical/ interactive course (and usually a lot of fun). The rehabilitation skills are easy to implement in your practice.

Course Programme

Day 1
12h30 – 13h00; Registration: Introduction and welcome
13h00 – 15h00; Anatomy: functional anatomy (practical)
15h00 – 15h15; Tea
15h15 – 17h15; Assessment of the ankle foot complex
17h15 – 17h45; Management of acute ankle sprains
17h45  – 18h15; Break
18h15 – 19h15; Complications of ankle sprains; impingements, instabilities
19h15 – 20h00; Manual mobilisation of the ankle foot (practical)

Day 2
8h00 – 8h30; Manual mobilisation of the ankle foot (practical)
8h30 – 10h00; Syndesmosis, Ankle fractures
10h00 – 11h00; Tibialis posterior dysfuction and plantar heel pain
11h00 – 11h15; Tea
11h15 – 13h15; Rehabilitation (practical)
13h15 – 13h45; Taping/ or foot injuries: lis franc, sesamoiditis
13h45 – 14h30; Lunch
14h30 – 15h00; Midfoot sprains and toe injuries
15h00 – 16h30; Case studies (practical)
16h30 – 17h00; Questions and close

  • Friday 18 September | 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Saturday 19 September | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • 16 (14 for the course + extra 1 {2 Ceus} free optional Ethics e-Learning)
  • Standard R3 220, R2 900 extra 10% discounted within 24 hours of booking
  • Cnr Voortrekker & Duminy Rd Bellville, Cape Town

* All courses accredited by an appropriate accrediting academic institution and or statutory authority for the relevant profession


Helene is a brilliant teacher & explains things very practically with lots of clinical/patient experiences to help us understand. She also demonstrates wonderful fresh ideas for assessment and rehab, thank you – Belinda

Even after 20 years experience there are new research results & treatment possibilities! – Regina

A fantastic course. Very informative & practical. Will definitely be better at treating/rehab ankles now, thank you – Lindsay

Uitstekende kursus, uitstekend aangebied. Kan definitief met meer vertroue ‘n probleem enkel aanspreek! – Mariana

Unthreatening learning environment – difficult anatomy made clear & new rehab exercises – Julie

I enjoyed the course – the information was highly transferable to the clinical settings – Linda