Online Course: Assessment of Plantar Heel Pain – A Literature Review
Identify clinical tests that can accurately diagnose and measure heel pain
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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:
- Reading activity
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.
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 - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. 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 0.8 Physioplus 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:
- Respect the Physioplus Community Culture.
- Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
- Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
- Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
- Complete a course evaluation form.
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
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Physiotherapist, United Arab Emirates
Physioplus is an awesome platform for both academics and clinicians to upgrade their professional knowledge without affecting their work schedule. The areas covered and the discussions made by the physios from different countries of the world provide a global approach towards each topic. Treatment of each condition varies due to local conditions which helps the physios to filter their goals and approaches accordingly. I really appreciate the effort taken by the whole Physioplus team.
Physiotherapist, United Kingdom
One of the most interesting, informative and amazing courses. Thank you and keep going!