Trainorthot Project consortium hold a meeting to review results for first year


Second consortium meeting of Trainorthot Leonardo Project ("Trans-national on-line course to provide specific vocational training to professionals on the treatment of foot pathologies.") took place in Valencia at IBV’s facilities on January 16, 2013.


This project aims to develop trans-national on-line courses on orthotic treatment of foot pathologies for professionals and students in the foot orthopaedic sector in different European countries.

This initiative pursues to mitigate the differences between various European countries in relation to the foot orthopaedic sector, the educational programs, the categorization of the orthopaedic professionals, their competences and skills. In addition, the ambition is to provide professionals in the sector with the educational basis and training that will enable them to adapt to the evolving market and customer requirements.

TrainOrthot builds on the results obtained in a previous R&D project, INNOFOOT (Innovative Treatment of Foot Disorders COLL-CT-2006-030468). INNOFOOT generated training materials with a generic syllabus not specifically addressed to the particular professional profiles of different countries. Part of these training materials are based on a collection of books (‘Orthopedische Schoentechniek’) published by the orthopeadic Dutch association NVOS, who has allowed to use them for Trainorthot training purposes.

The consortium met in order to summarize and evaluate the 1st year of project execution, which finished on Nov 31. Project. During this period, partners have been working in defining the needs and developing the contents of the course. The contents have been developed analyzing the needs of the different countries involved in the project (Czech Republic, Slovakia, United Kingdom and Spain), professional associations in these countries, International professional association (ISPO) and educational institutions have been surveyed in order to adapt the contents to professional needs. With this scenario, following structure for the e-learning course has been defined:

Module 1: Introduction to the examination of the living body

Module 2: Foot pathologies

Module 3: Recording the foot shape and sizes

Module 4: Footwear plans

Module 5: Lasts

Module 6: Introduction to how shoes are produced

Module 7: Adjustments to shoe ware and insoles

The 2nd consortium meeting thus has been recognized as a valuable opportunity to meet, report and review project progress, to discuss findings, clarify open questions, and to align and confirm on next steps.

In upcoming months, project consortium will focus on translating the training material to the appropriate languages, on generating the online platform structure, and on implementing the educational materials/content to it. Afterwards, a pilot testing and validation of the courses is planned to be realized in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Spain and United Kingdom in September.