Courses & Events

Gait & Orthotics

  • Date:
    13th April 2024
  • Time:
    9am - 5pm
  • Location:
    Sir Robert Peel Hospital
    Wiggins Centre
    Plantation Lane
    Tamworth B78 3NG
  • Tutor:

    Martin Harvey

  • Cost:
    £199 Member
    £249 Non-member

Off the shelf and chair-side orthotics

This absorbing, innovative and intensively hands-on day will introduce, or revise and certainly simplify, the basic underpinning fundamentals of human gait and locomotion from the perspective of the point-of-care practitioner.

It will cut through the bewildering array of functional or accommodative orthotic insoles that the patient is offered from multiple online suppliers, sports shops and other various (and of sometimes variable quality) sources.

At the end of the day the delegate will understand:

  • basic gait physiology – and common pathologies
  • the role of prefabricated orthotics
  • when to use or supply simple devices, and most importantly when to refer on for more complex prescription solutions

It will also cover the simple ‘chairside’ devices that can be easily crafted from felts, foams or silicone putty as well as how certain ‘off the shelf’ insoles can be easily modified when required for optimal results.

The day is heavily weighted towards practicality, so get ready to roll up your sleeves and start cutting, snipping and moulding!

Course Schedule

9am – Registration and welcome

9.15 – 9.30 – Introduction, Aims and Objectives of the day

9.30-10.30 – An introduction to biomechanics – pressures and loading in the foot, foot as a lever / mobile adapter, pronation/supination

10.30 – Comfort break

10.45 – 12 – Biomechanics part 2: joint motions -ankle/subtalar/stance/midtarsal/ MPJ/IP

12 – 12.45pm – lunch break

12.45 – 3.45pm – Practical, orthodigital orthotics (silicone putty), felt devices and Off-The-Shelf insoles (what, why, when and how)

3.45pm – 4.15pm – Discussion, Q&A, feedback and CPD certification

4.15pm – Finish


Martin Harvey, is a consultant Podiatrist at two Birmingham Hospitals dealing with both NHS and private patients. He also has a background in specialist NHS high risk podiatry clinics as well as having his own private podiatry practice in the West Midlands. He is a keen educator and as well as being a tutor for the College of Foot Health he lectures and teaches on specialist subjects to Podiatrists in the UK and abroad including having presented in mainland Europe and Canada.

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