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BOFSS Syllabus for FRCS (Tr & Orth)

from the BRITISH ORTHOPAEDIC FOOT SURGERY SOCIETY



The British Orthopaedic Foot Surgery Society recommends the following syllabus of study in foot and ankle surgery for the FRCSOrth examination. 
This syllabus has been recommended to the Intercollegiate Board in Orthopaedic Surgery. We do not recommend at what stage of training any 
particular part of the syllabus should be studied: this will depend on your clinical attachments and your local training programme. Thorough knowledge of history taking and clinical examination.

  • Investigation of foot problems including:
    • Plain radiological investigations.
    • Complex scanning including ultrasound, CT, MRI and radioisotope bone scanning.
    • Invasive investigation such as arthrography.
    • Principles of gait analysis applied to the foot and ankle, including foot pressure studies.
  • Swellings and Tumours about the foot and ankle.
  • Surgical approaches to the foot and ankle.
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy.
  • Principles of ankle arthroscopy.
  • Management of ingrown toenails.
  • Conservative management of the foot and ankle including:
    • The principles and use of orthoses
    • Shoe wear modifications
    • Appliances
    • Principles and variety of prostheses following amputation
    • Principal techniques of physiotherapy as applied to the foot and ankle
    • The role of manipulation and injection techniques

TRAUMA

  • The classification, management and outcomes following injuries to the:
    • Ankle
    • Os calcis
    • Talus and peritalar soft tissues
    • Tarsal bones
    • Tarso-metatarsal joint
    • Forefoot and toes
  • Tendo Achilles injuries, recognition and treatment
  • Investigation and management of lateral ligament injuries of the ankle


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