POD246 Podiatric Paediatrics and Orthomechanics (8)

This subject provides students with a detailed understanding of the human developmental process, from conception to maturity. Students will study a range of paediatric conditions that podiatrists can assess, evaluate and manage as part of a holistic client centred approach to health. Students will be provided with the opportunity to further develop communication skills and team work skills through collaborative group work. Additionally, this subject enables students to apply their knowledge of biomechanical principles associated with human movement, to a range of orthomechanical management strategies for clients of all ages.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: POD246. 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; Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine (Honours)



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply knowledge of normal physical, cognitive, social and emotional development - from conception to maturity - to a range of diagnostic scenarios
  • be able to assess, diagnose and manage a range of paediatric conditions that may present in podiatric practice
  • be able to analyse the legal and ethical considerations relevant to podiatric practice including their role as a mandatory reporter
  • be able to apply knowledge of the therapeutic modalities used in biomechanical case management including: theories of orthotic therapy; non-casting and casting techniques; splinting; footwear prescription; and adjunctive physical therapies to develop appropriate management plans for their clients
  • be able to demonstrate effective communication skills for holistic client centred health management


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Communication skills - presenting information to clients, care-givers and health professionals
  • Paediatric assessment
  • Recognising child abuse; responsibility for mandatory reporting
  • Paediatric conditions - viral illness; developmental disorders; neurological disorders; genetic conditions
  • Paediatric lower limb conditions; joint pain in children; diagnosis of a child who limps; sports injuries
  • Material science
  • Introduction to padding and strapping of the foot and ankle
  • Foot and ankle casting and cast evaluation
  • Electronic scanning for foot casting and CAD/ CAM orthotic manufacture
  • Biomechanical assessment; orthotic prescription and management plans
  • Footwear modification

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of POD246 in Session 2 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 %
Paediatric health promotion task
Orthoses tasks
Final exam

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.