Step Force Essentials – diagnosis of foot dysfunction using plantar pressure

Online Course

Core Information

  • Course Desciption

    The Step Force Essentials is an in-depth course to get you started in a comprehensive understanding of using plantar pressure gait analysis effectively in your clinical practice, including

    The foundations of function

    How to identify the features of plantar pressure in common conditions and the associated tests to make sense of what you’re seeing.

    How to use plantar pressure to confirm your diagnosis, and

    How to market plantar pressure analysis to grow your practice.

    Module 2 of the Step Force Essentials course is specific training on the diagnostic and analysis features of Sensor Medica Freestep 1 software, however the understanding gained in this module can be applied to plantar pressure gait analysis using other systems.

    This course also includes video demonstrations of clinical tests used to aid in your diagnosis of foot dysfunction, as well as the four modules of the Essentials Quickstart and links to current research relating to the course content.

    The Step Force Essentials course provides practical skills you can immediately apply to your clinical practice. As a significant investment in your clinic, making the most of your plantar pressure equipment, is key to success. Better outcomes for your patients will position you as the “go to” gait expert with objective, evidence based solutions.

  • Cost

    $400 USD

  • Average course duration

    8 hours. Each module takes approx 2 hours to complete.

  • Access via multiple devices

    Yes! You can access your course via any device connected to the internet including PCs, Macs, Tablets and Phones.

  • Access duration

    You will have lifetime access to your course, even once it’s completed you can come back and view the material.

Course Structure

  • MODULE 1 – Foundations
    1. Body Structure, Asymmetry and Function
    2. How the body Compensates
    3. Mechanisms of Micro-trauma and Injury
    4. Force, function and the benefit of plantar pressure mapping
  • MODULE 2 - Diagnostic & Analysis Features.
    1. Using Freestep software to get the best information to make your decisions
    2. Focus on :
      1. The gait cycle
      2. Freestep graphs and video acquisition
      3. Diagnostic & Analysis features
  • MODULE 3 – Pressure mapping & common conditions.
    1. Medial and lateral forefoot pain
    2. Midfoot and heel pain
    3. Medial and lateral ankle pain
  • MODULE 4 – Using pressure to predict outcomes.

    Analyse the effect of the treatment strategy using plantar pressure mapping, such as:

    1. Address arch collapse
    2. Change CoP trajectory
    3. Correcting 1st MTP Joint Function
    4. Alter FvT graphs
    5. Address Overloading
  • MODULE 5 – Marketing plantar pressure

    Commercial application of plantar pressure assessment. Market the unique selling proposition of plantar pressure assessment

    1. Justify treatment program costs to both patient and referring health practitioners
    2. Show the success of your treatment using the comparison feature of the software