BMS244 Podiatric Biomechanics (16)

This subject provides students with a detailed understanding of the biomechanical principles associated with human movement. This subject extends on previous knowledge of anatomy which is applied to the function of the lower limb and associated structures. Students will use this knowledge to develop skills in the assessment, evaluation and management of biomechanical disorders and their treatment.
Students will be required to apply this knowledge in future subjects, specifically in relation to the design and construction of orthomechanical devices as part of a comprehensive case management skill set.

Subject availability
Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. 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
Two sessions
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:
  • in a simulated setting, assess a client's lower limbs and gait to determine normal versus abnormal function
  • evaluate relevant assessment information to hypothesise the biomechanical cause of any abnormal function or position
  • apply relevant biomechanical theories to analyse pathomechanics in order to theorise possible treatment options
The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Applied functional anatomy of the pelvis, lower limb, ankle and foot
  • Axes, planes and the mechanical application to joints and related structures
  • Clinical gait analysis; theories, assessment and interpretation of normal human gait and pathological gait presentations
  • Theories of podiatric biomechanics; how these approaches inform biomechanical assessment and client management
  • Clinical assessment and evaluation of joints and related structures to identify features including: 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
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.