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Risk Factors in Plantar Heel Pain – A Literature Review

Online Course: Risk Factors in Plantar Heel Pain – A Literature Review

Know which individuals are more likely to develop plantar heel pain syndrome

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Course instructor:

Bernice Saban

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

1.5 hours

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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.

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