Foot and ankle MSK ultrasound: An introduction for Podiatrists - The Ultrasound Site
About this course

This one day course provides an ideal introduction for Podiatrists on the topic of foot and ankle musculoskeletal ultrasound. All participants will complete the day knowing what ultrasound can visualise, the skills required, how it can impact practice and the next steps for developing competency.

Initially covering basic physics and safety principles of ultrasound use before covering core probe skills techniques and how to generate a high quality musculoskeletal ultrasound image. Commonly encountered peripheral musculoskeletal structures around the ankle and foot will be covered alongside case study examples of pathology, giving delegates a thorough appreciation of the role ultrasound can play in assisting with clinical practice.

This course acts as a perfect taster to help delegates understand more about the topic and what this may offer, prior to embarking on a formal training program provided by CASE or a University. 

The course takes place at Ashtead Cricket Club ,Woodfield Lane, Ashtead, Surrey, KT21 2BJ View Location Maps

How to get here?

  • Car – 5-10 minutes from Junction 9 of the M25, and parking available directly next to the venue for free.
  • Airport – Conveniently positioned 25 minutes (with clear traffic) from London Heathrow and London Gatwick.
  • Rail – Ashtead station is served from London Waterloo and London Victoria, trains are frequent and take 30-40 minutes. The venue is a 20 minute walk from the station.

This course will serve as excellent preparation if you are considering applying for an MSK Ultrasound PG Cert/CASE course or just want to get more of an idea on what ultrasound offers.

Small group working (max 3 per group) throughout the day on a mixture of ultrasound systems. This will provide you with a great opportunity to trial different styles and brands of ultrasound systems.

Pathology case study images  and videos will be discussed and introduced at points throughout the day to further enhance your learning experience.

Ideally suited for:

Podiatrists keen to explore what ultrasound can offer your practice, prior to considering more formal training.

Accredited for CPD points by The College of Podiatrists



Our CPD courses provide practical knowledge but do not award a certificate of competency (excluding the Brunel PG Cert program). You must enquire with your relevant professional body to confirm if the skills covered within our courses are considered within the scope of your professional practice, and whether your professional insurance will cover you to use them in your practice. Ultrasound regulation is a complex issue. Any skills covered by the course should be maintained and developed through ongoing mentorship, peer support, and training. Please get in touch if you have questions here .

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All course delegates who attend our MSK Ultrasound training courses will get unlimited access to online lectures by our course tutors. These provide a more in-depth appreciation of the topics outlined below. We are constantly adding to this selection, so keep your eyes peeled!

  • An introduction to the Physics of MSK ultrasound
  • An introduction to probe skills and orientation to the image
  • Ultrasound system settings and knobology
  • An introduction to recognising pathology on MSK ultrasound
  • An introduction to quality assurance and professional issues of MSK ultrasound


By attending our courses you will also gain access to your tutors in our private, Facebook community of MSK Ultrasound practice with specific groups for upper and lower limb MSK Ultrasound pathology, discussing anonymised cases and articles of interest. We also have groups for upper and lower limb guided injection techniques, discuss your techniques  – what went well, what could be improved and what the evidence is. Lastly, but importantly we have established groups on training and governance.

Foot and ankle MSK ultrasound: An introduction for Podiatrists course outline


9am - 9.30amWelcome and registration
9.30amBasic physics of ultrasound – how are sound waves generated and how does it impact the image quality and understanding artefacts.
10am Orientating to an ultrasound image – What am I looking at?! and how do different tissues appear – tips and tricks and avoiding poor technique
10.45amCoffee break
11am The posterior ankle - Including Achilles tendon, retrocalcaneal bursa, the gastroc and soleus muscle groups. Mixture of demonstration, taught lecture and hands on practical session in small groups.
1pmAnterior ankle recess and dynamic evaluation. Anterior ankle tendons and neurovascular structures.Mixture of demonstration, taught lecture and hands on practical session in small groups.
1.45pmMedial ankle – Tibialis posterior, flexor digitorum, flexor hallucis, tibial nerve.Mixture of demonstration, taught lecture and hands on practical session in small groups.
2.30pmLateral ankle – Lateral ankle ligaments – AITFL,ATFL and CFL. Peroneus brevis and longus.Mixture of demonstration, taught lecture and hands on practical session in small groups.
3.30pmThe Foot – 1st MTPJ, Plantar plate, Plantar fascia, Mortons neuroma, overview of midfoot articulations. Clinical focus on differentiation of symptoms in the forefoot. Mixture of demonstration, taught lecture and hands on practical session in small groups.
4.15pmTaking training in MSK Ultrasound further – next steps including ultrasound guided procedures – how to ensure you are competent.
4.30/4.45pmFinish and final comments

Your Course Tutor

Stuart Wildman - The Ultrasound Site Founder & Director

Stuart Wildman

Founder & Director

Mr Stuart Wildman

MSc, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, HCPC, MCSP, PG Cert/CASE accredited Musculoskeletal Sonography, PG Dip injection therapy

Stuart is the founder and director of The Ultrasound Site. He is an Extended Scope Physiotherapist and Consultant MSK Sonographer working in the NHS in London. He has an interesting working week, dividing his time between Radiology and Physiotherapy, where he performs both diagnostic ultrasound and ultrasound guided interventions. He qualified from the University of Southampton in 2003 with a BSc Physiotherapy, and went on to gain an MSc in Advanced Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy at The University of Hertfordshire and a PG Cert in MSK Sonography at Canterbury and Christ Church University. Read more here

Stuart has spoken at the Society and College of Podiatry annual conference in Liverpool in 2017 on ‘Basic visualisation of ligaments around the ankle: Practical demonstration’ and has performed evening lectures for the London District Branch on MSK Ultrasound. He has also recently completed a ‘PodChat Live’ on the topic which can be found below.

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”This course is a must for anyone contemplating using Ultrasound. Stuart is a great teacher and is very patient in the practical workshops ensuring everyone optimises there skills to obtain the best possible images. I can’t recommend this enough . Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm Stuart.”

Mr Julian Pavier

Consultant Podiatric Surgeon

Course Dates & Booking

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If your attendance on the course is to be funded by your trust or you have any other queries then please contact us.


Course location

Ashtead Cricket Club, Woodfield Lane, Ashtead, Surrey , KT21 2BJ

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