Online Course
Risk Factors in Plantar Heel Pain – A Literature Review
Know which individuals are more likely to develop plantar heel pain syndrome

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 (PHP) is a complex, multifaceted condition, which affects numerous adults globally. Despite its prevalence and debilitating impact, its aetiology is still not well understood. Numerous risk factors for PHP have been proposed. However, studies are often of poor quality and yield conflicting results, which hampers effective, evidence-based management of PHP.
This course is the second in a series on plantar heel pain syndrome (PHPS). The literature regarding PHP will be reviewed in three parts as three separate courses: 1) Risk Factors; 2) Assessment; and 3) Treatment. In this first literature review course, Bernice Saban evaluates the available evidence to determine which factors are associated with the development of PHPS. Watch out for the next course, which assesses the literature about assessment techniques for PHPS.


The aim of this course is to analyse the literature about possible risk factors for the development of plantar heel pain.


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 1.5 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 intrinsic and extrinsic factors proposed to be related to plantar heel pain syndrome
  • discuss how these proposed risk factors relate to plantar heel pain syndrome
  • choose at least three risk factors strongly associated with plantar heel pain syndrome based on a case scenario

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
This course is a great piece of knowledge! I will suggest to all clinicians and PTs to go through it at least once, you will enjoy it.
Abdul Basit
A great review of risk factors and a good tool to help with pt education
Frank O'Keefe
Excellent course with a lot of interesting facts and busting myths regarding plantar heel pain
Gaurav Shori
Physical Therapist