Contact Hours2 Hours
Toe walking is a common reason for medical referral. It is considered normal for children under the age of two years however when it persists beyond this age, it is considered a gait abnormality that warrants further assessment. Persistent toe walking may present as an initial symptom of neuromuscular disorders however when it exists in the absence of a medical condition, it is called idiopathic. This introductory course examines the etiology, clinical presentation, evaluation, diagnosis, and medical management of idiopathic toe walking using an evidence based framework. An algorithm will be presented to assist students in the clinical decision-making progress.
At the end of this course, the participant will be able to:
- Define and discuss toe walking from a historical perspective to current accepted concepts.
- Compare and contrast toe walking associated with disease and toe walking in the absence of a medical condition.
- Identify and discuss a comprehensive evaluation for a patient referral due to toe walking.
- Analyze and synthesize current research and clinical criteria in the diagnosis of idiopathic toe walking.
- Describe and apply current research findings on gait kinematics and kinetics in idiopathic toe walkers.
- Analyze and synthesize current research into suggested relationships with other body systems.
- Discuss and analyze the proposed long-term consequences of idiopathic toe walking for the purpose of supporting an appropriate plan of care.
- Identify and discuss current evidence-based management options in the treatment of idiopathic toe walking.
- Identify the indications, contraindications, risks, and benefits of the different management options available for the treatment of idiopathic toe walking.
- Discuss the role of the physical therapist as a part of an inter-professional team member in the management of idiopathic toe walking.
- Discuss and analyze current evidence-based physical therapy intervention protocols in the management of idiopathic toe walking.
- Discuss and analyze an evidence-based physical therapy clinical practice algorithm in the management of idiopathic toe walking from referral to discharge.
Approved in my State?
as Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants
as Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
as Certified Athletic Trainers
as CSCS / CPT
Satisfactory completion of this course will require the participant to complete a 10 question post-test with a minimum passing score of 70%.