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APTEI: Plantar Heel Pain

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APTEI: Plantar Heel Pain

APTEI: Plantar Heel Pain

This course includes
1:55:50 of Course Material (View)
Patient Exercises (View)
Lifetime access after purchase
Certificate of completion

Course Description

This online course will enable healthcare providers to gain practical knowledge of the possible anatomical & biomechanical factors leading to persistent heel pain and disability.

The course will review a clinically focused approach to the evaluation of persistent plantar heel pain and all the potential differential diagnoses. This course offers extensive knowledge on the differential diagnoses and causes of plantar heel pain (PHP), different ways to assess PHP, and interventions targeting PHP. 

Outcome measures/assessment tools that are discussed include:

  • Weight-bearing lunge test: Dorsiflexion ROM
  • Gastrocnemius length test
  • Gastrocs/soleus tenderness test
  • Standing heel-raise test
  • Single leg balance test
  • Intrinsic foot muscle control test
  • Metatarso-phalangeal joint extension ROM
  • Dynamic balance test/Anterior excursion reach test

Management options are provided for each of the options above, given that the individual does not perform as desired due to their PHP.



The course will review a clinically focused approach to the evaluation of persistent plantar heel pain and all the potential differential diagnoses.

Based on current studies, the management options reviewed will include:

  1. Manual therapies. No “plantar fascia stretches” will be taught; as in my humble opinion, the plantar fascia can NOT be stretched
  2. Effective muscular and proprioceptive retraining exercises
  3. The role of shoes and insoles
  4. Knowing when there may be a central sensitization component


This online course is for physiotherapists (physical therapists) and all healthcare providers interested in the effective management of plantar heel pain

There are NO prerequisites for this course

The instructors
Bahram Jam (he/him)

Bahram is a physiotherapist and founder of the Advanced Physical Therapy Education Institute (APTEI). He's taught 1000+ continuing education courses to healthcare professionals across Canada & internationally.

He has instructed over one thousand post-graduate orthopaedic and pain science courses and has been a guest presenter at several physiotherapy and medical conferences across Canada and internationally.

His primary clinical approach is to identify relevant functional impairments and determine the best self-management strategy to maximize patient independence.

Course Material included in this course
  • Evaluation
  • Lesson 4: Outcome Measures #1-3
  • L4: Handout
  • Lesson 5: Outcome Measures #4-6
  • L5: Handout
  • Lesson 6: Outcome Measures #7-8
  • L6: Handout
  • Feedback on section #2
  • Management
  • Lesson 7: Options #1-3
  • L7: Handout
  • L7:L Video on Self DF Mobilization
  • Lesson 8: Options #4-6
  • L8: Handout
  • L8: Video on Clock Exercises
  • Lesson 9: Options #7-8
  • L9: Handout
  • L9: Video on hip muscle retraining & AERT
  • Lesson 10: Other interventions
  • L10: Handout
  • Feedback on section #3
  • Central Sensitization
  • Lesson 11: Central Sensitization
  • L11: Handout
  • Feedback on section #4
  • Summary
  • Lesson 12: Summary
  • L12: Handout
  • Quiz!
  • Do you like this course?
Patient Exercises included in this course
  • 3x3x3 for Hip Strength
  • Clock Exercises on StarMat
  • Self Dorsiflexion Mobilization
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