Online Course
Introduction to Plantar Heel Pain
Become more clinically effective at managing a painful heel

1.5-2 hours





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Helene Simpson
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Helene is an experienced physiotherapist and lecturer who specialises in the ankle-foot complex

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Plantar heel pain is a very common musculoskeletal condition, and it is often misdiagnosed as plantar fasciitis. The cause of plantar heel pain varies, and there are a number of risk factors that can contribute to overloading this area. To manage plantar heel pain, we need to consider the differential diagnosis and address all the associated factors. In this course, you will learn from an experienced clinician about plantar heel pain risk factors and how to implement effective evidence-based management.


This course aims to introduce the learner to the causes, risk factors and management strategies of plantar heel pain.


This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions 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 1.5-2 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 1.3 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:

  • list at least two risk factors for developing plantar heel pain
  • identify four causes of plantar heel pain
  • describe the clinical presentation of plantar heel pain
  • plan the assessment and management of a patient with plantar heel pain based on a case study

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
It was an insightful course to nurture a clinical and holistic approach to plantar heel pain. Listening to the patient and their lifestyle are integral to designing a treatment. This course also emphasizes good clinical differential diagnosis and highlights some research studies to read.
Elizabeth Ahern
A great course for students! I highly recommend it.
Helene's video is great, really enjoyed it!
Conor Barry
Very useful in my practice, very practical and I can connect well with the case study presented.
Shella Marie Tugonon
This course is a significant practice changer with minimal time investment for therapists.
Steve Finn
United States
Short, informative course with the latest findings explained in an easy to understand way!
Lucinda Hampton