Online Course
A New Protocol for Plantar Heel Pain
Effectively assess and manage heel pain using evidence-based practice

1-1.5 hours





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Bernice Saban
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An experienced physiotherapist working with musculoskeletal problems, specialising in heel pain syndrome and trigger finger

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There is a lack of evidence for any of the commonly used evaluation and treatment tools for plantar heel pain (PHP). However, in this course, Bernice Saban uses supporting evidence to discuss a new protocol for the optimal assessment and management of PHP. This course follows on from the literature review series about the risk factors, assessment tools and treatment options for PHP.


The purpose of this course is to introduce a new protocol to help clinicians assess and treat PHP.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.2 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • discuss the three PHP assessment tests proposed by Saban and Masharawi (2017)
  • explain why these three clinical tests are able to reproduce PHP
  • discuss the PHP treatment options proposed by Saban et al. (2014)

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
I have found this course useful to improve my understanding and assessment and also my management of plantar heel pain syndrome and will have more confidence in managing it as a condition due to this, evidence-based course.
Jenny O'Neill
This course was a good reminder that it is always important to think. Fast and slow thinking was a good analogy. In our assessment we need to find the reason and not jump to quick conclusions.
Suzanne Beaubrun
Saint Lucia
This course by Bernice Saban was unique in many ways and I recommend every clinician and researcher to complete it. Everything was evidence-based. Graphical representation of everything makes understanding easy and fun. Literature reviews are done on everything including risk factors, assessment and management. There is soo much information packed in this course and the clinical implications are clear. It is a game-changer in the treatment of heel pain.
Ashmita Patrao