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Assessment of Plantar Heel Pain – A Literature Review

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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Bernice Saban

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

1-1.5 hours

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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.

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