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2335 – Applications for Lower Leg and Foot

Intermediate / Half-Day Workshop
San Diego, CA / Sunday, October 24, 2021 – 12:00-3:30 pm / 3.5 credit hours
(Indoor Pool: 12:00-1:45 pm / Classroom: 1:45-3:30 pm)

Faculty: Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, ATRIC

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The foot and ankle are considered the functional foundation for human movement. The foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles. All these components work together to handle the stress at the ankle and foot, absorbing and transmitting forces up the leg when a person walks, runs or jumps. The distal end of the kinetic chain does not act in isolation. As the song goes, “the hip bone is connected to the knee bone, the knee bone is connected to the ankle bone…” Therefore, the proximal joints cannot be ignored. The cause and effect goes both up and down the chain. Although this course focuses on the foot and lower leg, it can provide you with clinical gems to help treat knee, hip and back dysfunctions.

This practical applications course will look at the key components in rehabilitating injuries of the lower limb. The hands-on pool lab portion of the course will focus on aquatic manual therapy techniques to improve mobility and reduce pain. Progressive functional exercises presented will explore the influence and importance of the proximal leg muscles and joints. Practical discussion of common diagnoses such as plantar fasciitis, ankle sprains, Achilles tendonitis, shin splints (medial tibial stress syndrome) and post ankle fractures will incorporate clinical pearls with current research.

1) Describe functional chain connections between the hip, knee, lower leg and foot.
2) Cue and progress a client through functional aquatic exercise for the lower limb.
3) Apply aquatic manual therapy techniques to improve foot and ankle mobility.
4) State precautions and contraindications related to foot and ankle injuries.

FACULTY: Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, ATRIC, is a licensed physical therapist with many years of experience in orthopedic and aquatic therapy. As the owner of North County Water and Sports Therapy Center in San Diego (, she continues with hands-on clinical care in addition to her role as educator. Since graduating from the University of Connecticut in 1991, Beth has belonged to the American Physical Therapy Association and has achieved certification as a Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. In January 2006, she graduated from Boston University with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Additional certifications include Certified STOTT Pilates™ instructor and Master Instructor for the Burdenko Method.

Beth not only provides continuing education for health care professionals, she is an adjunct faculty in the San Diego Mesa College PTA program, teaching Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Introduction to Pathology courses. She also provides the learning module/instruction on aquatic therapy to the University of St. Augustine San Diego Campus DPT program. She is the recipient of the 2010 ATRI Tsunami Spirit Award and the 2012 ATRI Professional Award.