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.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: POD242. 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of POD242 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Summary of podiatric biomechanics paradigms
Video folio of biomechanical assessments
Assessment and management plan

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.