Physical Therapist Management of Foot and Ankle Pain From Head to Toe
Section: Academy of Orthopaedic PT
Session Code: OR-2C-4077
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room: 202AB

Speaker(s):   Ruth Chimenti, PT, DPT, PhD
  Beth Fisher, PT, PhD, FAPTA
  Mary Hastings, PT, DPT, ATC, MSCI

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Basic

Foot and ankle pain is a multidimensional problem that is processed and interpreted within the central nervous system. A complete examination considers tissue pathology, movement impairments, and psychological factors. Physical therapists can maximize the effectiveness of an intervention by using motor learning principles when giving patients specific instructions to address tissue, movement, and psychological factors. This session will integrate findings from 3 unique fields of research to inform care for patients with foot and ankle pain: a movement-based biomechanical approach focusing on restoring appropriate tissue-specific stresses; a biopsychosocial approach using underlying mechanisms for how kinesiophobia and pain catastrophizing can impact pain and motor function; and a neurophysiological approach that considers the brain-behavior effects of patient instruction to promote motor learning. Case studies on a variety of foot and ankle conditions will be used to translate theoretical implications of these 3 approaches to clinical scenarios.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Describe factors that would be used in a movement-based approach to foot and ankle pain.

2. Recognize how pain psychological factors can contribute to prolonged pain and disability.

3. Identify the relationship between manipulation of motor learning practice variables and central nervous system modulation.

4. Explain how case examples of examination and treatment integrate information about tissue-specific pathology, movement system impairment, pain psychological factors, and motor learning principles.

CEU: 0.2

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