Hands-on Techniques for Identifying Lower Limb Pathologies – Online CE’s

Vasyli Medical Continuing Education

Progressive Professional CE courses for clinicians, teaching hands-on techniques for identifying lower limb pathologies and dispensing custom fitted orthotics.


The Vasyli Medical story encompasses more than 35 years of professional dedication to understanding lower limb biomechanics and proper foot function. We are excited to introduce a new online platform that will easily and conveniently deliver progressive professional CE courses for clinicians.


Our certified courses are designed for those who have achieved or are a student in their junior or senior year (transcripts required) working towards one or more of the following credentials: PT’s, PTA’s, DC’s, AT’s, CPED’s, CO’s, and CPO’s.

Vasyli Medical Continuing Education Courses are credentialed in these states:


Texas Physical Therapy Association approval is reciprocal between the following states:


Introductory Biomechanics and Orthotic Therapy

Price: $25.00

Units: 2
Course Instructor: 
Brian R Hoke, PT, DPT, SCS

In this course the clinician will learn the basics of complex lower extremity mechanics and be able to apply them to immediate patient evals. Orthotic application options are explained, allowing the PT to make the best clinical choice for superior patient outcomes.

Course Objectives
At the completion of this video module, the participant will be able to:

  • Establish relationship of nature versus common era functional surfaces and its effects on foot biomechanics.
  • Successfully identify key foot/ankle anatomy landmarks.
  • Understand the key biomechanical theories and their interrelation.
  • Observe and evaluate the key functional division of the foot.
  • Successfully comprehend the three axes of motion and their relation to foot and ankle mechanics.
  • Competency to understand and evaluate gait and possible malfunction within gait.
  • Identify the key factor to successful orthotic prescription.

Sagittal Plane Function and Its Relationship to Chronic Foot and Back Pain

Price: $25.00

Units: 1
Course Instructor: 
Howard Dananberg, DPM, FACFAOM

This one-hour course will develop the student’s knowledge of 1st ray function and its functional foundation with pathological pronation explanation, reviewing functional hallux limitus, and understanding step powers. The correlation of 1st ray function and muscular inhibition to musculoskeletal low back pain will be reviewed with the appropriate orthotic treatment and application to combat low back pain.

Course Objectives
At the completion of this video module, the participant will be able to:

  • Understand whether pronation is an etiology or one of several manifestations of stress to the musculoskeletal system related to a different origin.
  • Understand how steps are powered and how this sets the stage for a repetitive process of postural stress.
  • Understand how functional hallux limitus is a primary sagittal plane obstacle.
  • Understand pathologic pronation as a lift, not heel contact phenomena.
  • Understand how sagittal plane restriction relates to a chronic reduction in hip extension.
  • Understand how non-specific lumbar stress occurs and how it relates to a failure of efficient swing phase initiation.
  • Understand the simplicity of the treatment process by allowing the 1st ray to plantarflex at the appropriate time in the gait cycle.

Tissue Stress Model and Orthotic Design

Price: $25.00

Units: 1
Course Instructor: 
Tom McPoil, PT, PhD, FAPTA

In this course the clinician will learn the foundational truth of the Tissue Stress Model, and how it correlates to the foot and other soft tissue in the body, allowing the clinician to understand end range tissue stress effects. Orthotic application and how it prevents foot pain will be reviewed with a guide to best in class application for superior patient outcomes.

Course Objectives
At the completion of this course the participants will be able to:

  • Describe the problems or issues that have been identified with the podiatric model.
  • Identify the components of a Load-Deformation Curve.
  • Differentiate the application of the Tissues Stress Model to acute versus overuse injuries.
  • List the components of the management protocol used with the Tissues Stress Model.
  • Describe the role of the plantar intrinsic muscles, plantar aponeurosis, and plantar ligaments in the foot core system as defined by McKeon and colleagues.
  • Describe the role of a foot orthosis in the Tissue Stress Model.


Brian R. Hoke, PT, DPT, SCS

Brian received his degree in Physical Therapy with Highest Distinction from Indiana University and earned his post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Boston University. His clinical experience is specialized to the realm of orthopedic and sports physical therapy, with a particular focus on the biomechanical basis for lower extremity rehabilitation.

Brian is board certified as a Sports Clinical Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He has presented multi-day seminars on lower extremity biomechanics internationally since 1985. Brian is a member of the Vasyli Medical Think Tank, a select group of medical professionals committed to educating clinicians in the role of biomechanics in injuries and developing innovative new products from this perspective.

Brian is the Director and Co-owner of Atlantic Physical Therapy in Virginia Beach, Va.

Howard Dananberg, DPM, FACFAOM

A podiatrist who practiced in Manchester, N.Y., Howard Dananberg was named one of the most influential podiatrists in the U.S. by Podiatry Management magazine.

He has published widely on lower limb biomechanics. Experts know him worldwide for his well-researched understanding of the connection between gait style and chronic lower back pain. He has also pioneered solutions for limited range of motion in the big toe joint (functional hallux limitus) – a frequently overlooked condition.

In addition, Howard has translated his ideas into patented foot products, distributed around the world. Howard’s novel techniques and technologies have successfully helped both men and women relieve a variety of walking-related symptoms throughout the body.

With the help of in-pressure shoe testing he developed a kinetic wedge to improve the comfort of running shoes. He also helped create a groundbreaking insert for high heels called Insolia. Designed to lessen foot, leg, and back pain, the insole puts the foot in a more ideal position, making heels feel almost like a pair of flats.

Tom McPoil, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Dr. McPoil is a Professor of Physical Therapy in the School of Physical Therapy at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. He is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association and Emeritus Regents Professor of Physical Therapy at Northern Arizona University.

Dr. McPoil has specialized in the evaluation and management of foot and ankle disorders since 1979. He has published more than 125 referred manuscripts and 90 published abstracts, written five book chapters, and conducted over 180 workshops/lectures on the subject of foot and ankle evaluation and conservative treatment.

Dr. McPoil has also presented over 120 research papers internationally on various topics related to foot and ankle mechanics, evaluation, and management. He currently serves as a Contributing Editor for the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association as a member of the International Advisory Board for The Foot.

His current research activities include the development of a static lower extremity measurement protocol that is both reliable and predictive of dynamic movement.


Interested in hosting a Vasyli Medical LIVE Course? Our LIVE courses blend online and in person content to provide clinicians with an eight-hour learning experience (available for up to 8 CEU’s).

LIVE Course Learning Oobjectives:

  • Describe the function of the sub talar joint and its normal functional path.
  • Identify abnormal, pathology leading STJ function.
  • Successfully plan course of treatment for poor STJ function.
  • Identify Midtarsal Joint function and malfunction.
  • Successfully plan course of treatment for poor midtarsal joint function.
  • Evaluation and treatment of forefoot mechanics.
  • Treatment protocols for forefoot conditions.
  • Identify and evaluate 1st ray function and malfunction with emphasis on functional hallux limitus.
  • Successfully identify the key conditions that stem from poor biomechanical function as well as treatment protocols to enhance patient’s outcomes.
  • Selection and application of best orthotic device for patient based on functional evaluation, weight, activity and preferred footwear type.
  • Appropriately post the orthotic device based on alignment, compliance and condition.
  • Successful end-to-end implementation of an orthotic program into the patient’s treatment plan.

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