Courses for Podiatrists 2024

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I am running two courses for podiatrists this coming year. One is new and one is a revamped course from 2018/2019. Biomechanics is often seen as confusing and the application into clinical practice is often the hard part. These courses will demystify these issues, make sense of clinical biomechanics and give you skills to apply these to your clinical work straight away. I have been running biomechanics courses in various guises for many years and these are the accumulation of the knowledge I have gained from these courses and my time in clinical practice.

These are:

‘Biomechanics Masterclass – Demystifying how and why we move as we do’.

‘Running Assessment Masterclass’ – Understanding runners, running and how we run.

Biomechanics Masterclass – Demystifying how we and why we move as we do.

This is the new one and is aimed at clinicians wanting to improve their skill set. No prior knowledge of working as biomechanical podiatry is necessary, just a willingness to learn new skills. This series of sessions has been created from the feedback and demand from the one day courses I have previously delivered. I have often been asked to do some follow up sessions and this is what I have come up with. I have run a pilot course these last few months and it has been well received.


The format is of 4 sessions at monthly intervals. Each session is a full day. Each session will lead into the next one. There is plenty of overlap and repetition. Time to get to grips with the details and really create an understanding of why you are seeing what you are seeing, linking this to injury / performance and what to do about these things.

The Day

My way of working is to treat function. It is how we are moving that is causing the problem and our treatment of the patient has to look at addressing the bit of the movement that is causing the problem. We need to understand why the patient is moving in that way and then address the chain of compensations that lead to the point of injury. Most of the injuries we see in clinic are repetitive strain injuries and the injury occurs when the body can no longer dissipate the damaging load that it is being subjected to. With this in mind we will delve into area such as dynamic core stability, soft tissue function, elastic return, fascia, nutrition, movement, pain mechanisms and how we breathe.

We need to be able to identify the damaged structure – as well as we possibly can. Then understand which bit of our movement is causing the problem. We then need to work out why we are moving in that way. Then we can look at treating the bit of function that we think is the problem. We need to understand why the foot behaves how it does, how it responds to loading in stance and gait and the knock on effects up the chain. We start to see patterns of form and function appearing and quickly know what to look for and understand the way these compensations have an effect on the rest of the body.

Plan of the 4 Sessions

Overall we will look at the way our bodies function and move. We will also look at short term treatments. The different way we can use a whole variety of orthoses, strapping, exercises, mobility, manual therapy, shockwave, laser, injection therapy and load management will all be discussed in various levels of depth. The main aim is to understand how we can help people reclaim their functional movement – ore even find it in the first place. The aim of these sessions is to show you how you can get people moving again in a safe way.

Dates and Location

These sessions will be held in Hathersage, Derbyshire and are on a Thursday. They will run approx. 10-4. The title of each session is a pretty broad statement. There is a lot of overlap and we progress and alter the day depending on the needs of the group.

April 11th – Demystifying biomechanics and treatments

May 9th – Understanding Compensation patterns and muscle / soft tissue function,

June 6th – Gait analysis, treatments.

July 4th – Orthoses and treatments

Places are limited to 8, these are small group sessions. If you want more information or to book then please contact me directly via email or if you are really sure you want to book then follow the link below. Use location Hathersage, group sessions, training and then the course you want to book. Happy to have a chat about anything that you feel you want to clarify.

Sessions are £145 each

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Go to Hathersage location, Group Sessions, Training then Biomechanics Masterclass

Running Assessment Masterclass

I ran this course a couple of times pre Covid. It is a two day course, as there is a lot to cover. An understanding of how to compete a basic biomechanical assessment is the only requirements. We shall go through this but not spend a lot of time on it. We really want to spend the time on running specific information.

Working with runners or wanting to develop this part of your clinical offering is important. We shall cover pretty much everything to do with running. Again a big ask for two days. But it is important to have a good overall understanding of what makes up a runner and all the factors that can lead to them coming to see you. It is very rarely a biomechanical issue in isolation that is the problem.

Gait Analysis

A gait analysis is essential when dealing with runners. We need to know how they are running, what is their running technique like, how are they moving. There is a lot of debate about what is good running form, can we change and how to change it to make it permanent. We shall discuss all this. I believe that there is not one set way that everyone should be running although there are some basic principles to adhere to. We shall discuss these and see how close your runner is to running in an optimal way, for them. We need to understand their lifestyle, running history, running motivations and what sort of running they are doing. A track middle distance runner will run differently to an ultra runner and therefore we can’t expect them to run with the same form although we can apply some basic principles to what is good form. We are trying to find the link between the way they are running and the injury the present with or why they are not able to improve their running performance.

What is Covered

As we have said, gait analysis is the big thing. We shall look at the mind set of runners, training techniques, nutrition, breathing, response to injury, history taking and footwear. The implementation of short term treatments, an understanding of common training errors, how daily lifestyle stresses will impact on running, the importance of recovery from runs and how to speed this up will all be discussed. Running specific exercises and running drills will be covered. The aim of these is to address running form issues we have found.

Dates and Location

Hope, Derbyshire 1st and 2nd May 2024

Colmworth near Bedford. To be confirmed. Please let me know if you are interested in this location.

Cost is £295

The Next Step

Both of these courses are very practical in nature. You don’t have to be a runner or take part in the exercises and drills and it is great to have a go and practice what we do. As this is a practical course be prepared to get involved, the days are very hands o You will need to present your findings on certain bits of both courses. It is very interactive and in a really safe and supportive environment. There are no silly questions or understandings on these subjects. We have fun and make sense of what can be difficult subjects.

If you would like more information or to register your interest with the location the please contact me directly via email.

Booking for the Running Assessment course is below. Click on Chesterfield, group sessions, training running assessment course. A £100 deposit is required. The only course is the one in Hope, Derbyshire and is running on Wed Thur 1st 2nd May 2024

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