Comprehensive Management of the Foot and Ankle Complex

Presented by: David Nolan, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, SCS, CSCS


Franklin Pierce University
670 N Commercial St
Suite 301
Manchester, NH

CEHs awarded - 7 hours
Handouts will be provided electronically

Course Description

Foot and ankle pathology is common in physical therapy practice. This course will review the examination and treatment of selected foot and ankle pathologies impacting patients across the adult lifespan.  Through lecture presentations, hands-on laboratory sessions, and discussions of clinical presentations and case studies, participants will gain an understanding of normal and abnormal gait as it relates to orthopedic dysfunction. In addition, participants will gain an understanding of various foot and ankle pathologies and evidence-based treatment interventions to maximize function. 

Course Objectives

If participants seize the opportunity to learn throughout the course, then they will have the opportunity to become knowledgeable regarding the following: 

  • Apply sound clinical reasoning skills and evidence-based clinical measures to the evaluation of the foot and ankle complex. 
  • Describe the mechanisms of common lower extremity overuse injuries of the foot and ankle complex. 
  • Implement an evidence-based treatment program to address selected lower leg and foot and ankle pathology. 
  • Integrate manual therapy interventions into treatment plan for patients with foot & ankle pathology 
  • Design an effective and appropriate rehabilitation program based on current evidence to maximize lower kinetic chain strength and endurance.

Course Schedule:


8:00 – 8:30 AM           Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 9:30 AM           Ankle Sprains: High, Low and Mimickers

9:30 – 9:45 AM           Break

9:45 – 10:45 AM         Examination Lab: Mobility Assessment & Special Testing

10:45 – 12:00 PM       Tendinopathy: Achilles, Tibialis Posterior, Peroneals

12:00 – 1:00 PM         Lunch

1:00 – 2:15 PM           Manual Therapy Lab: Techniques for the Foot & Ankle Complex

2:15 – 3:00 PM           Plantar Heel Pain: Fasciitis or Fasciosis?

3:00 – 3:15 PM           Break

3:15 – 4:00 PM           Therapeutic Exercise Lab: Proximal Considerations

4:00 – 4:45 PM           Therapeutic Exercise Lab: Distal Considerations

4:45 – 5:00 PM           Q & A

5:00 PM                      Adjourn

 Speaker Bio: 

David Nolan, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, SCS, CSCS:

Dr. Nolan is an Associate Clinical Professor at Northeastern University in the Department of Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences as well as a Graduate Lecturer in the College of Professional Studies in the transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Northeastern University.  David is also a Clinical Specialist at the Mass General Sports Physical Therapy Service and the Director of the MGH / Northeastern University Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program. 


Dr. Nolan is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and Sports Clinical Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.  He is a past recipient of the “Excellence in Clinical Teaching” award from the New England Consortium of Academic Coordinators of Clinical Education.  Dr. Nolan was also presented with the 2016 award for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Practice by the Massachusetts Chapter of the APTA. 



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