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Diagnosis & Treatment of Plantar Heel Pain Syndrome: Movement System Impairment Syndromes Approach

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Course Description:
This course uses the movement system impairment syndromes approach, symptom modification procedure, and principles of motor learning to address the common problem of plantar heel pain syndromes.

  • Distinguish the biomechanics of plantar aponeurosis including at least the two length modulating mechanisms shortening or compression of longitudinal arch, lengthening or increasing excursion of the 1st MTPJ.
  • Differentiate actions of plantar intrinsic foot muscles.
  • Differentiate the kinetics occurring at the level of the foot when walking/running during the 3 periods of stance phase (heel rocker, ankle rocker, and forefoot rocker periods) and how slight deviations can lead to microtrauma that can lead to microtrauma.
  • Recognize symptoms, key test & signs, contributing/risk factors, differential movement & associated diagnosis, potential medical diagnosis requiring referral, and interventions for 3 potential kinesiopatholgic model subclassifications of plantar heel pain syndrome (heel rocker period of stance deviations impact loading; ankle rocker period of stance deviations ↑ pronation; forefoot rocker period of stance deviations of 1st MTPJ dorsiflexion).
  • Recognize a symptom modification procedure to address plantar heel pain syndrome.
  • Identify patient specific movement/functional skill training using principles of good verbal cuing/prompting and feedback to alter deviant movements associated with each subclassification of plantar heel pain syndrome.

How this course addresses and meets the needs of course attendees:

This course provides:

  • A process to enhance and sharpen the clinician’s well-established toolkit.
  • Action to provide case level evidence of efficient valuable patient centered care.
  • Information that can lead to personalized treatment.
  • Specific movement/functional skill training for plantar heel pain syndrome which is more effective in the short term and long term than frequently prescribed exercise – faster results, more durable.

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2 contact hour of Type 1 Credit