Course curriculum

  • 1

    Epidemiology of plantar fasciitis

    • Epidemiology of plantar fasciitis

    • Heel pain introduction

    • Before you go...

  • 2

    Examination of the foot, plantar fascia and low back

    • Examination of the intrinic muscles of the feet

    • Examination of the foot and back in the management of plantar fasciitis

  • 3

    Effect of footwear in the development and treatment of plantar fasciitis

    • Effect of footwear on plantar fasciitis

    • Effect of footwear on heel pain

  • 4

    Effect of steroid injections and shockwave therapy in the management of plantar fasciitis

    • Effect of steroid injection and shockwave therapy in the management of plantar fasciitis

  • 5

    Soft tissue manipulation and joint mobilisation in the management of plantar fasciitis

    • Effect of manual therapy in the management of plantar fasciitis

    • Soft tissue massage of the calf

    • Ischemic compression of the calf for the management of heel pain

    • Soft tissue massage, ischemic compression, and mobilisation of the foot and ankle

  • 6

    Orthotic, insoles and taping in the management of plantar fasciitis

    • Orthotics and taping in the management of plantar fasciitis

    • Effect of orthoses on heel pain

    • How to apply low-dye-taping for plantar fasciitis and heel pain

    • Calcaneal taping for heel pain

  • 7

    Effect of exercise in the management of plantar fasciitis

    • Effects of stretching exercise on heel pain

    • Foot stretch and strengthening exercises for plantar fasciitis

    • Strengthening of the intrinsic and extrinsic muscles of the foot

  • 8

    Acupuncture and dry needling in the management of plantar fasciitis

    • Manual and electroacupuncture for Plantar fasciitis treatment

    • Application of electroacupuncture for chronic heel pain

    • SP-6 and ST-36 for bone and soft tissure repair

    • Locating and needling Ki-1

    • Locating and needling Ki-3

    • Locating and needling Ki-6

    • Locating and needling Ki-7 to help reduce swelling

    • Locating and needling Ki-9 edited

    • Locating and needling GB-39

Watch Intro Video

Introduction to online training on the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of plantar fasciitis

Course overview

What will I learn?

Heel pain is an umbrella term that covers a number of conditions of similar origin. The most common includes; plantar fasciitis, heel spur syndrome, fat pad atrophy and tarsal tunnel syndrome. Patient’s using “Dr Google” to find out what is the cause of their heel pain are likely to be given the diagnosis of plantar fasciitis. As practitioners we know that this may not necessarily be the case.  


I see several cases of plantar heel pain in my clinic each week and have found that taking a multidiscipline approach results in resolution of the condition. On this course I aim to pass on my clinical experience as a podiatrist, physiotherapist and acupuncture practitioner with supporting evidence for the management of plantar fasciitis. You will learn how to assess, diagnose and treat some of the most stubborn cases of heel pain through the use of a combination of tried and tested treatment modalities.


Your key to resolving your patients heel pain is to get the correct diagnosis through an assessment. I will take you on a guided journey to help you to fully understand the cause of plantar fasciitis. I will then take you through a step-by-step process of examination to help you eliminate and differentiate between the different cause of heel pain. Your knowledge, understanding and confidence will develop as you progress through the course to allow you to make an accurate diagnosis. 


Intrinsic muscle function of the feet

The intrinsic muscles of the feet have an important role in the stabilisation of the foot and the medial longitudinal arch during daily activity. You will learn the dynamic function of the intrinsic muscles and how weakness will contribute to the onset of plantar fasciitis or delay healing.  You will develop an understanding of the most effective strengthening exercises for the intrinsic muscles of the feet and how to implement these in your treatment protocol.


Manual therapy

You will learn how to apply some basic soft tissue manipulation to the calf and plantar fascia. You will also develop an understanding of the most effective mobilisation technique for the ankle joint.


Footwear 

You will review the evidence with regards to how inadequate footwear may lead to the development of plantar fasciitis.  You will develop your understanding of the importance of correct footwear for the management and prevention of plantar fasciitis. 


Stretching exercises

The type of stretching exercise has been shown to be an important factor in the management of plantar fasciitis. You will develop your clinical skills in the application of the most effective stretching exercises for the management of plantar fasciitis.


Insoles and orthotics

You will review the finding of high-quality studies and develop an understanding of the best type of insole to use depending on the patient’s primary complaint for the management of plantar fasciitis. 


Acupuncture, electroacupuncture, acupressure and dry needling

Dry needling, classical acupuncture and acupressure techniques have all been shown to be effective in the management of heel pain. You will learn how to integrate acupressure and needling techniques to deactivate trigger points and stimulate the healing process or reducing inflammation. You will develop your understanding of how to select the most effective classical acupuncture points or trigger points so that you may target your treatment.  

Benefits

  • Develop your skills

    Develop skill sets that allow you to undertake a greater variety of treatment modality for the management of heel pain.

  • Improve your abilities

    Improve your ability to implement a range of treatment modalities in the management of plantar fasciitis.

  • Learn at your own pace

    Learn at your own pace at a time and place convenient to yourself.

Be the best at what you do

Treat heel pain with confidence