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Assessment of Plantar Heel Pain – A Literature Review
Identify clinical tests that can accurately diagnose and measure heel pain

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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The diagnosis of plantar heel pain syndrome (PHPS) is mainly based on a patient's symptoms and manual palpation of the painful heel. Validation of this diagnosis through a reliable clinical test is, however, still elusive. Although various tests have been proposed for the assessment and diagnosis of PHPS, no test has been accepted as the “gold standard”. A thorough analysis of the available research regarding the assessment tools for PHPS is, therefore, warranted to identify tests that could accurately establish the status of the patient and measure changes in their symptoms following treatment. This course is the second of three literature review courses on PHPS. The final literature review course will focus on interventions for PHPS.


This course aims to analyse the available literature on the assessment of PHPS. In doing so, it seeks to establish which tools are valid for the assessment of 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. 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 1.0 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 assessment tools that are often used to assess PHPS
  • discuss how these assessment tools relate to PHPS
  • identify the assessment tools that can, according to recent research, best assess PHPS

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.

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