Online Course
Anatomy and Relevant Structures in Plantar Heel Pain
Which structures are to blame for heel pain?

1.5-2 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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Plantar heel pain syndrome (PHPS) is a poorly understood, complex condition. In order to optimally manage PHPS, it is necessary to examine the underlying anatomical structures and establish the relationship between plantar heel pain (PHP) and the tissues involved. This lecture will explore the muscular, nervous and fascial structures underlying the foot and ankle in relation to the most common theories on PHPS (including plantar fasciitis and calcaneal spurs) and the “new protocol” for the management of PHPS introduced in the previous course.


The purpose of this course is to explore the relationship between various anatomical structures and the common theories of plantar heel pain syndrome (PHPS), as well as the new protocol proposed for PHPS.


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

  1. Videos
  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 1.5-2 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 1.4 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:

  • describe the structure and characteristics of fascia and specifically the plantar fascia
  • identify the function of the plantar fascia
  • discuss the association between anatomical structures and plantar heel pain in relation to common theories (plantar fasciitis and calcaneal spurs)
  • describe the anatomy of the neural tissues associated with plantar heel pain syndrome
  • discuss the functioning and impact of the neural tissues on plantar heel pain syndrome

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
The way I assess and manage plantar heel pain and the overall understanding of it changed after doing this course. I thought I knew PHP better.
Hiwot Mengistu
Great Course! It explores the anatomy of the plantar fascia and gives evidence to support the use of the new protocol! After the course, I had a much clearer idea of what works, what may not work and why.
Claron O' Neale