Plantar Fasciitis: Diagnosis and Treatment

About the Course:
The purpose of this course is to educate physical therapists about the most successful evaluation and treatment techniques available at this time. This course will cover the function of the plantar fascia, differential diagnosis of plantar fasciitis, special tests used, the most common risk factors to develop plantar fasciitis, a review of the most effective treatments and case studies to demonstrate practical application.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify the anatomical structure of the foot and the function of the plantar fascia.
  • Identify common risk factors that may cause an individual to be more susceptible to plantar fasciitis as well as foot pain.
  • Discuss the most common symptoms attributed to plantar fasciitis, as well as other conditions often mistaken for plantar fasciitis.
  • Describe specifics of a physical therapy examination for a patient with suspected plantar fasciitis, including special tests.
  • Discuss conservative and surgical treatments for plantar fasciitis.

About the Author:
Katherine Rush, PT,
graduated from the University of Missouri in 1998 with a degree in physical therapy. Since then, she has worked in a variety of healthcare settings including inpatient rehab, acute care settings, outpatient and skilled nursing. She currently owns her own outpatient clinic. Plantar fasciitis was a frequently seen diagnosis in the clinic with the focus of treatment being elimination of pain and correction of musculoskeletal imbalances.

How to Receive Credit:
  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Depending on your state requirements you will be asked to:
    • Complete a mandatory test (a passing score of 75 percent is required). Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory Course Evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.


Resolution of Conflict of Interest
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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

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