Online Course
Shoe Analysis – Shoe Anatomy
Confidently guide runners in selecting the best running shoe for their needs

1-1.5 hours





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Dawn Nunes
Course instructor

Dawn is an enthusiastic sportswoman and physiotherapist with over 15 years of experience in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy

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Selecting the best running shoe takes careful consideration. Because the market is flooded with many brands and styles of running shoes, it is important that runners find the shoe that best fits their feet and their needs. Research and injury patterns have shown that there are some general characteristics of a good and safe running shoe. In this course, Dawn Nunes gives you the necessary tools to understand the different components of a running shoe, how the shoe may influence a runner, and its potential effect on injuries.


This course aims to provide an in-depth look at the anatomy of a running shoe and the influence it will have on a runner.


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.


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 1-1.5 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 - 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 1.2 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:

  • discuss recent research on running shoes and highlight how this research can influence the assessment and management of runners
  • describe the guidelines on how to fit a running shoe correctly
  • compare different running shoes in terms of running surface, training or racing
  • discuss important aspects in choosing a shoe for a runner
  • describe the different parts of a running shoe and their function

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
Be up to date on all that one needs to know on running shoes- do not leave it to the shoe shop!
Lucinda Hampton
Great course! Perfect for a basic overview on how to assess running shoes. It points out key elements to look for in running shoe assessment.
Sarah Ross
South Africa
The Shoe Anatomy course is a highly informative short course with good examples.
Georgia Van Embden
South Africa