presented by Robert Donatelli
Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.
Robert Donatelli, PhD, PT
From March of 2004 to August of 2004 Dr. Donatelli worked as a physical therapist on the PGA tour helping treat injuries sustained by the golf professionals. In addition, he has served as a Physical Therapy Consultant to the Montreal Expos, Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Teams. Donatelli has lectured throughout the United States,…Read full bio
1. Normal Mechanics of the Foot and Lower Extremity
Identify the three important movements that describe Triplanar closed kinetic chain pronation. Identify at what joint torque conversion occurs. Explain the Windlass mechanism, at what joint it occurs and when in the gait cycle. Identify how many body plan e movements involved in the torque conversion of the rotational forces of the lower kinetic chain.
2. Abnormal Foot Characteristics and Overuse Injuries
Explain the importance of pronation, how it is measured and in which direction. Identify the seven distinct tests of the foot and ankle that can assist the clinician in determining abnormal findings. Explain how to assess a rigid plantar flexed first metatarsal. Identify three overuse injuries of the lower leg caused by pronation of the subtalar joint occurring too long into the gait cycle.
3. Foot Orthotics
Explain three research findings of the effectiveness of foot orthotics. Identify possible causes of posterior medial pain within the lower one third of the tibia. Connect the relationship of the Peroneus Longus, the subtalar joint and the metatarsal joint. Recommend possible treatment approaches to improving the pulley mechanism of the cuboid-peroneus longus.
4. Case Study
Determine the mechanisms of over pronation of the rearfoot and the implications it has on the midfoot and forefoot mechanics. Identify the most effective treatment approach to increase the stability of the forefoot in the push-off phase of gait. Explain three key signs a therapist should look for to determine excessive pronation of the subtalar joint. Explain three key signs a therapist should look for to determine excessive supination of the subtalar joint. Explain three treatment approaches upon observing a calcaneal rock.