DFA: Dynamic Foot and Ankle

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DFA: Dynamic Foot and Ankle
Finding a Firm Foundation through Functional Manual Therapy® 

Prerequisites: None

Required Course Preparation
Prior to the classroom portion of this course, all students must complete required course preparation. The preparation for DFA includes three short videos with two quizzes. Plan to spend approximately one hour learning this important information. Once enrolled in a course, required course preparation can be found by logging on to your IPA account and selecting "My Upcoming Courses."  If you have any trouble accessing the required course preparation please call our office at 970-870-9521 for assistance.  Please note that approved CEUs may vary depending on individual states' treatment of Online vs. Classroom Instruction.

Self review of foot & ankle anatomy.

It is recommended that each participant reviews the bibliography and read any article they are unfamiliar with prior to the course. All Course Bibliographies

Additionally, please have your fingernails clipped back and filed, as some techniques require fingertip pressure.

Required Equipment:
All participants should bring: Half Foam Roll (12" x 6" which measures 3" tall at the apex since the 6" round is cut in half) to use during the course.  You may order from IPA or a number of other venders.  Orders that are received three weeks prior to a course, and clearly request shipment to a course, may be shipped directly to the course.  All other orders will be shipped to the address given on the order.  Order Half Foam Roll


This course is a lab intensive introduction to the Functional Manual Therapy® system of management for the foot and ankle. Through lecture and demonstration, the participant will gain a better understanding of the anatomical and biomechanical presentation of an efficient foot and ankle which provides for a dynamically stable and mobile base of support.

Each participant will explore the biomechanical and functional impact of the foot and ankle on the entire kinetic chain and examine the role of the foot and ankle as an essential component of optimal mobility, alignment, and motor control of the human system. Participants will be instructed to utilize the Functional Manual Therapy® clinical reasoning system for examination, evaluation, and development of a plan of care for management of the patient with decreased function secondary to mechanical impairments of the foot and ankle.

Through demonstration and supervised lab sessions, the participant will develop advanced skills of evaluation, differentiation of mechanical, neuromuscular, and motor control dysfunctions, and implementation of an appropriate plan of care and utilization of Functional Mobilization techniques to treat the identified dysfunctions. The course includes supervised and systematic pre and post functional and structural assessment to determine the effectiveness of the selected intervention.  

By the end of the course, participants will be able to analyze the biomechanical difference between a normal and an efficient foot and ankle in supervised lab practice sessions and instructor guided discussions.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

~ Analyze the biomechanical difference between a normal and an efficient foot and ankle in supervised lab practice sessions and instructor guided discussions.

~ Verbalize the difference between a “normal” / “efficient” foot and ankle based on the presented “challenge of normal" clinical evidence.

~ Identify 6 key structural components of a “compensated supinated” foot.

~ Compare 13 functional characteristics of an efficient vs. inefficient foot.

~ Apply 14 function-based FMT™ evaluation and assessment tools on partner during supervised lab session.

~ Develop 10 structural and functional goals for treating the foot and ankle.

~ Apply FMT™treatment skills to optimize mobility and function of lab partner's foot and ankle in supervised lab sessions. 

~ Critique the information gained through objective and subjective evaluations to assist in the development of an appropriate prognosis for a lab partner.

~ Develop an appropriate home program, applicable to lab partner’s foot and ankle dysfunctions, based on the 13 presented home program considerations.

Instructor Note
The instructors advertised for the course are the intended instructors.  The final number of instructors will be determined by course enrollment.  Every effort is made to hold the course with the scheduled instructors.  Course refunds or transfers will not be granted based on a change of instructors.  Please note there may be instructor changes without prior notice.

Multiple instructors are scheduled for each course.  However, the actual number of instructors at a course will be determined by final enrollment

2 Days, 16 Contact Hours

DFA requires attendees to complete online course preparation before attending the classroom instruction. Approved CEUs for this course may vary depending on individual states' treatment of Online vs. Classroom Instruction. Before registering for a course you should verify approved CEUs with your state licensing board or association. State rules are subject to change. IPA courses are approved for PTs for the state in which the course is held.  OTs and PTAs should check with their approving body to determine if the PT approval will be accepted.

Break food will not be provided during the course.  Lunch for both days will be on your own. We suggest you bring a water bottle and feel free to bring your own snacks.

Attendees agree to utilize all skills of evaluation, assessment and treatment learned in this course to the extent allowed under the regulations of their professional practice act. By registering you acknowledge that your attendance does not represent authorization by the IPA, or any of its officers, to utilize any of the material learned which may lie outside of the strict interpretation of your practice act.

Each attendee is expected to attend all hours of instruction to receive a Certificate of Completion. Any exceptions to this policy must be pre-approved in writing by the IPA Directors.

Lab Clothing
Each participant's body must be accessible for observation and treatment. Sports bra or halter-top and shorts are appropriate for women. Shorts or swim trunks for men. Please refrain from wearing large or sharp jewelry. A sweat suit is advisable between demonstrations, as temperatures may vary in the room.

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