Course Summary

CPD: 8 Hrs

This course is designed to provide the practitioner with the essential probe handling and image orientation skills required to begin using ultrasound imaging at the Podiatric point of care. This course acts as an introduction to ultrasonography and its applications to podiatry to help practitioners understand more about the topic and what this may add to their practice.

A one-day programme of practical instruction with a further option for follow up remote tutorial sessions to ensure the skills learned are practiced and refined. This model of learning is specifically designed to support practitioners in their incorporation of ultrasound imaging into routine podiatric point of care practice through applied anatomical knowledge and the progressive development of examination skills. The aim is to build confidence through repetition and practice.

The face-to-face teaching programme is delivered by short lectures followed by practice, covering the Achilles tendon, the plantar structures and the tarsal joints anterior, and the tarsal joints. Examination techniques are demonstrated and practiced.

Entry requirements for this course are a BSc Podiatry or equivalent professional qualification entitling the applicant to practice as a registered health care professional.

A sample programme is available here. Please note this is subject to change.

Accredited by the Royal College of Podiatry
The Royal College of Podiatry is approving this introductory training but in no way is it approving any ORCA product or other ORCA service.

Course Objectives

  • Deliver a grounding in essential physical principles of ultrasound.
  • Learn the controls of a scanner and how to optimise an ultrasound image.
  • Identify the anatomy of the lower limb on ultrasound.
  • Receive instruction on probe handling and patient positioning to obtain ultrasound images of key target structures.

This course DOES NOT deliver competency to perform an independent diagnostic ultrasound examination.

This course DOES demonstrate how ultrasound imaging can be used to support clinical decision making and treatment at the podiatric point of care.

What's Included?

  • One day face-to-face course.
  • CPD certificate upon completion.

Additional Cost Option

  • 4 x 1Hr follow up small group tutorial sessions which include targeted assignments and feedback to guide practice.

Course Programme

All sessions have a large practical content.

In order to utilise ultrasound in their clinical practice practitioners are advised that they should embark on a formal training program provided by a CASE accredited course or a university postgraduate programme.

Delegates are under no obligation to purchase Orca Medical products throughout this training programme and other ultrasound manufactured products are available.

Course Tutor(s)

Over the past 26 years my attitude towards my clinical work has remained consistent. This has centred on striving to develop and provide excellent patient care. My initial clinical work for City & Hackney was broad and included high risk patient management, wound care and biomechanics clinics. This experience helped me establish a more specialist interest in biomechanics and force management in the lower limb. This has been nurtured in my time with Birmingham Community NHs Trust and further developed as an Advanced Practice Podiatrist with Shropshire Community NHS Trust. Podiatric use of ultrasound is gaining pace, as advances in technology have enabled more meaningful interpretation of images and costs are reducing. A fundamental knowledge can offer an insight into pathology, helping to optimise our management of our patients. Diagnosis is not necessarily the podiatrist main use of ultrasound. Often it helps to improve patient concordance, as they feel more engaged with their care whilst also influencing the timing of interventions associated with specific conditions. This all contribute to personalised care for our patients.

Course Venue

Holiday Inn Birmingham
M6 Junction 7

Frequently asked questions

The programme for each course is formulated by the course director and a description of the content and intended learning objectives is provided.
The biographies for the Course directors of each course are provided so that you can see their experience.
In order to perform image guided injections in your workplace you must conform to your local guidelines and competency requirements.
Our Foundation courses are specifically designed for people who have no previous scanning experience.
There are options available to buy, rent or lease these and other ultrasound products that we sell. If you are interested please inform a member of our training staff or email us at
When you have registered you'll be asked to fill out a form which gives us your preferred delivery details. Your Orca POD will be shipped to you via DHL Express. You get to keep and use the Orca POD for the entire duration of the course and we'll arrange the collection after the last session/assessment.
We provide pre-course technical support to help you from the time you receive your Orca POD. Our team is available for one-on-one meetings before and between sessions to support you.
When someone is unable to attend a session a colleague can attend in their place.
The Course Fee includes the rental of the equipment for the entire duration of the course as well as the tutor's fee, shipping, CPD points and certificate.
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