POD242 Podiatric Biomechanics. (8)

This subject provides students with a detailed understanding of the biomechanical principles associated with human movement. Students will build on their knowledge of anatomy to analyse the function of the lower limb and associated structures. This subject will provide students with the opportunity to develop skills in the assessment, evaluation and management of lower limb biomechanical disorders. Students will be required to apply this knowledge in future subjects to inform the prescription of orthomechanical devices, as part of comprehensive case management.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Community Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine and Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine (Honours)



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain basic kinetic and kinematic biomechanical principles such as gravity, balance, equilibrium, levers, mechanical advantage and how they relate to motion
  • be able to, in a simulated setting, assess a client's lower limbs and gait to determine normal and abnormal function
  • be able to apply the fundamental concepts and principles of biomechanics to lower limb function
  • be able to evaluate relevant assessment information to hypothesise the cause of abnormal structure and function in the lower limb
  • be able to apply relevant biomechanical theory to analyse pathomechanics and inform treatment options


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Applied functional anatomy of the pelvis, lower limb, ankle and foot
  • Kinetic principles and kinematic concepts - axes; planes; mechanical application to joints and related structures
  • Clinical assessment and evaluation of joints and related structures - range of motion; quality of motion; direction of motion; muscle function and strength; the position of the axes of rotation
  • Anatomical plane conditions of the lower limb; aetiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis, general and podiatric management; biomechanical causes of digital deformities
  • Clinical gait analysis - podiatric biomechanical theories; client assessment; interpretation of normal human gait and pathological gait presentations; client management


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.