Improving Foot Function - Level 1
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Improving Foot Function - Level 1

A comprehensive approach to assessment, treatment & therapeutic exercise for foot dysfunction.
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Created by Laurie Di Giulio
Last updated 5/2020
Price: $94.99
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This course includes
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 4 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Strategies and tools for decreasing foot pain.
  • Methods to connect foot, knee, hip and core function to improve performance and prevent injury.
  • Misconceptions and truth about common foot conditions.
  • How to test your footwear to see if it is allowing healthy foot function.
  • What to look for in footwear to make sure you are providing a healthy foundation for movement and force transmission.
  • None.

There are so many reasons for foot pain, and many of the typical interventions to help fix it are out-dated and

short-sighted. This course will introduce you to the emerging science behind foot pain and optimal foot function.

We will look at what's really happening in the feet and how to create the opportunity for better function.

You will learn techniques to relieve pain and improve the way the foot moves, and help you recognize when foot pain may be

linked to knee, hip and core dysfunction, assessment techniques to identify where there are issues and ways to make

corrections and provide purposeful, effective and evidence-informed home care to ensure success.

You should have a foundational understanding of anatomy and anatomical terminology to take this course.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone with feet. General Public.
  • Massage Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Athletic Therapists
  • Personal Trainers
  • Fitness Professionals
  • Yoga Instructors
  • Pilates Instructors
Course content
Expand all 50 lectures 02:22:04
+ Introduction & Course Information
3 lectures 03:24

Here begins your journey into better understanding of your feet, other peoples feet, and how they function well and not so well. Can't wait to take you on this little trip into one of my fave body parts.

Preview 00:30

You don't really need much, but if you want to follow along with the drills it would be great to have a few different size balls appropriate to do self-massage for the foot, a foam roller, and a produce elastic (like the one the holds your broccoli together) or a theraband.

Also, there are printable or downloadable notes here too. I use them for my in-person courses and even though you might not really need them... here they are.

Required Materials

Don't ever struggle when there is more than enough help available.

If you have any questions about the content, need a little support or help understanding a concept please reach out via social media or email. I am always available to answer questions and help you master all this foot stuff.

Suggestions & Support
+ Common Foot Conditions
9 lectures 33:39

In this short video, we look at the basic anatomy of the foot. The foot is a complex part of our anatomy, and as practitioners I know you learned all the little bits and pieces. The focus here is not on rehashing the details, but rather a quick overview. Refreshing our knowledge of anatomy is always valuable, so I would always invite you to dig a little deeper.

Preview 01:13

A quick discussion of the 3 main needs for a functional foot. Of course we could make this more complex, but the purpose of this course is to simplify, find commonalities that allow us to treat effectively with a really great toolbox of strategies to fit many issues.

What the Foot Needs

Let's look at what we will discuss in terms of alterations in foot mechanics.

Common Foot Conditions Intro

Flat foot. We look at this condition and some of the misunderstandings surrounding the appearance of the foot. This is the opposite of pet cavus, where the arch would be elevated. While we do not talk about a high arch specifically, it can be treated like a supinated foot.

Pes Planes - Flat Feet

Wooo this is a common one. People self diagnose, get incorrectly diagnosed. Lots of myths and misunderstandings to discuss here. We will also look at two conditions that can mimic fasciitis, how to distinguish them from each other and how we may need to treat them just a bit differently.

Plantar Fasciitis & Spurs

Hallux valgus can happen secondarily to other foot changes, and can also occur because of the footwear we decide to put on our feet.

Hallux Limitus & Rigidus

Ever see the little toe, and maybe even the 4th digit, kinda curl under the foot? This is what we discuss here. It's a bit about footwear and a bit about biomechanics.

Flexor-Extensor Imbalance

So all these conditions have some common patterns. When we treat the foot, we are often treating for manifestations consistent with either a supinated or pronated foot. This chart breaks it down; all the changes that happen at each part and what muscles are concentrically vs eccentrically loaded. Check out the downloadable chart here too.

The Chart
Test Your Knowledge
5 questions
+ Assessing Foot Function
11 lectures 25:16

Now we take a look at static assessments that can help us start to categorize a foot as either pronated or supinated, and/or identify what changes may need to be corrected.

Static Assessment
Assessing the Arch
Calcaneal Position
1st MPJ Orientation
Forefoot Position
1st MPJ Movement - Active & Passive
Single Leg Stance
Push Off Position
Thoracic Rotation, Intrinsic Core & Breathing
Sensation & The Foot
Test Your Knowledge
10 questions
+ Treatment Suggestions
6 lectures 10:52

In this section we look at a few of my fave ways to create change. As practitioners, you have a bunch of your own techniques and all of them are great and valuable. Use what you know and, if you like, add these.

Treatment Techniques - Introduction
Adductor Hallucis Release
Decompress 1st MPJ
Midfoot Mobilization
QP & AB Hallucis Release

The trunk influences the foot and foot influences the trunk. Here are some drills I love to use to improve trunk mobility, and intrinsic core function. Remember that bilateral foot manifestations likely need a little focus on improving intrinsic core function too.

Thoracic Mobility & Intrinsic Core
+ Corrective Drills: Improving Mobility
6 lectures 10:58

In this section, we look at a handful of ways to get the foot moving better. Foot mobility is at the centre of many foot pain conditions. Getting the foot more mobile is the first step in any plan to improve foot function.

Preview 02:10
Self-Massage Drill

The great thing about this drill is that you pair foot and tibia movement. This means that not only do you improve integrity in the foot but you also are able to address the muscles that influence the position of the tibia in a supinated and pronated foot.

Midfoot Mobility
Toe Spread & Lift
More Mobility Tips
Test Your Knowledge
5 questions
+ Corrective Drills: Improving Stability
6 lectures 10:53

Once mobility has been improved, we can look at creating strength in the foot. Strength in the foot is not rigid, hard, it is dynamic and fluid. A strong foot is a foot that can move, take on different terrain, textures of surfaces.

Methods for Strengthening the Foot
Short Foot
Heel Lift
Walk Arounds
Unilateral Hops

This is a fun balance/proprioception drill. Here I demo with the toes, but this can absolutely be "heel taps" as well. Change it up. Make it novel, interesting.

Toe Tap & Balance
Test Your Knowledge
5 questions
+ Bringing it All Together
1 lecture 24:50
Sample Patient

In this quiz, we look at some simple case studies and explore what you would expect to find, what may be the most valuable treatment/home care interventions and how to best approach care.

Case Studies - What Would You Do?
5 questions
+ What's On Your Feet?
5 lectures 20:01

Improving foot function is not just about drills and treatment. Lasting improvements are seen when we consider all the factors that lend to poor foot function and change them ALL (or lots of them).

Preview 03:27
Can You Splay?
The Sole
To Arch Support or Not to Arch Support

There are a bunch of links here to my fave products and shoes.

If you order Naboso products, you can use this affiliate code to receive 10% off your purchase: FEELIT

Foot Tools/Products & Shoe Companies.
+ Wrap Up
3 lectures 02:11

After completing the final quiz and assignment, if you need, or would like, a certificate of completion (besides the Udemy issued one) please email me with your full name (as you would like it to appear) and I will send you an electronic, printable, fancy looking certificate.

Review & Suggestions

I have had the pleasure of learning from some amazingly talented and skilled people, including my patients. I hope that you have taken away a better understanding of foot function, and how to most effectively get results for your patients/clients.

I would like to thank all of my mentors, colleagues and friends who have helped me increase my knowledge and understanding, and all of my students who have challenged me and kept me on my toes.

(lol...see that pun? #intentional)

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Anatomy Trains

Virtual Body App

Contact Info & Gratitude
You've learned the things, now lets practice a little (aka show me your skillz!) In this assignment, I want you to go through assessment, treatment a home care suggestions using the techniques in this course.
Fix a Foot!
1 question
What Did You Learn?
15 questions
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