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Foot Pathologies

1 CE Hour - E313W

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Massage Professionals Update

Earn credits through articles you've already read in our Massage Professionals Update e-newsletter.

Discover ways you detect and/or alleviate common foot pathologies. Combining four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update E-newsletter, this brief program will provide insights into:

  • Identifying and helping clients affected by heel spurs.
  • Bodywork techniques for plantar fasciitis.
  • How discomfort from Morton's Toe can be eased using massage therapy.
  • Recognizing a potential case of plantar warts.

In the Foot Pathologies program we've combined four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update. These four articles include:

  • Using Massage to Address Heel Spurs - Find out why massage therapists who are knowledgeable about heel spurs and their treatment are in an ideal position to help affected clients.
  • Bodywork Techniques for Plantar Fasciitis - There is more than one approach to help someone with plantar fasciitis. In this article, learn about this inflammation of the plantar fascia and find nine ways massage can be used to relieve this common type of foot pain.
  • Morton's Toe: One Little Bone, One Big Problem - The human body contains many wonderful things. Most of them have been handed down genetically, from parent to child, and there is little we can do to change them. One such trait is called Morton's Toe. Only about 10 percent of the world population has this attribute, where the second toe appears longer than the first. About 80 percent of those with Morton's Toe suffer from chronic pain. Much of it is thought to derive from this relatively rare foot configuration. Learn how discomfort from Morton's Toe can be eased using massage therapy.
  • Plantar Wart Detection for Bodyworkers - Even if your clients don't know what lurks on the undersides of their feet, discover why massage therapists must be able to recognize a potential case of plantar warts.

You can either read the articles by clicking on any of the titles above or upon enrollment you'll be able to access these articles and your online test through your online course account.

Featured Reviews

I liked that actual massage techniques were clearly discussed. I will be able to use this information in my practice often. Thanks for a great, basic course with a surprising amount of information.

- Lauren Nogrady, LMT, NCTMB

I suspect I have a Morton's Toe and the suggestion to make a foot pad to put under my toe is something I'm going to try. All my adult life I've had back, hip, knee, TMJ pain and now arthritis in my knees. Great information in this course.

- Denise Heatley, LMP

I love feet! I learned more about Morton's toe and found the information very interesting. I would have liked a few illustrations, but I was able to find all of the additional information I wanted in my reference book.

- Louise Hudson, LMBT

This was a wonderful course to launch me into doing a foot massage treatment. Its nice to read about the pathologies that are out there and how to work them. The article on Foot Health and Massage was wonderful as well.

- S. Page, LMT

As a massage therapist who has treated many clients for foot health issues, this was very valuable. I appreciate this content and will use it in my practice immediately.

- Kathy Duprey, LMP

This course was simple, but the information was very significant!

- Carol F. McCoon, LMT

Very Thorough course. I especially liked the detailed descriptions on treating Plantar Fasciitis.

- Jane OMalley, LMT

I really like your course material, the presentation, and the ease of test-taking. Because of this, I return to your Institute every year. Thank you.

- Ellen Moore, LMBT

Great course that addressed most of my foot pathology questions. It would be great to include Hammer toe syndrome too.

- Melanie Hendrix, LMBT

This course really provided me with much deeper information about foot pathologies. I'm very impressed!

- Desiree Patronas, LMT

Very helpful and informative. Thank you!

- Margaret Ann Ortiz-Moan, LMT

This was a very helpful course and I put the information and technique ideas to use immediately!

- Michelle Todd, LMT

I really enjoyed this short course. It was clear, to the point and of great value to me, as many of my clients have plantar fasciitis and sometimes have suspicious "areas" that could be plantar warts -- good to have "backing" so I can refuse foot massage, until clients get a diagnosis from their doctor or nurse practitioner.

- Jacqueline Da Via, LMBT

I thought the information was interesting and informative. I will be looking for plantar warts, and talking precautions.

- Rhonda Ryan, LMT


- Betty Kreger, LMT

I really liked this course study. I learned so much more than I thought I already knew. Thank you for offering this course.

- Robin McDowell, LMT

I have Morton's Toe and I have had problems with foot pain so I was interested in any new information that this course was offering.. I feel that this information will be helpful to my clients as well as myself. I highly recommend it.

- Carol Lee Alp, LMT

I gained a lot of new and needed information. It was detailed but not overwhelming. I can use most of the new information with my clients suffering from foot pathologies. I wish pictures or diagrams would have also been included.

- Linda Mullins

This course was brief and to the point and just what I was looking for in foot support. Even though I do question the solution for Morton's syndrome mentioned in the course, the course is well worth the time to explore. Thank You.

- Marceline Parent, LMT, BCTMB

Good, to the point information about foot pathologies with welcome solutions. Thanks for the information!

- Bonnie Britton, LMT, NCTMB

Excellent course content. Enjoyed studying this subject.

- Angie Woodard

Thank You for this Foot Pathology course - It was interesting and quick to read and learn - I can easily use this information in my practice - just what I wanted:)

- Rita Kathlyn, CMT, NCTMB

Easy to follow and understand terms and methods.

- Patricia Segura, LMT, NCBTMB

The material was very clear & I really liked that we can print out the reading material & do it on our own time especially with my busy schedule. I am very satisfied with this course & plan to take more courses in the future!

- Diane Oropeza, LMT

Very good course as usual!

- Elizabeth Phreed, LMT, NCTMB

Excellent overview of foot pathologies.

- Thomas Manes, LMT

I found it helpful in my understanding of foot patholigies.

- Rhonda Mullis, LMT

I enjoyed the information, since a lot of my clients have heel spurs and foot issues this was a nice course to take as a refresher.

- Kerrie Hudson, LMT

Excellent material and presentation! Brief, to the point, humorous, and I learned a lot. Thank you!

- Teresa Schumacher, LMT

FANTASTIC! Very informative and necessary for any Therapist who perform any type of bodywork on their clients feet.

- David Dilling, LMT

This will assist me with several clients asking about help with these particular ailments. Thanks!

- Cynthia Widick, LMT

This couse was very enlightening. I will apply this to my practice and was very pleased with the content.

- Connie Strub, LMT, NCTMB

I was interested in this course because I have PF & was curious to find additional therapies for myself and my clients. Thank you on a personal level as well as professional.

- Teresa Wolin, LMT

Excellent informative course.

- Elizabeth Nally, LMT

Very informative course. Gives me a clear feel for what I need to do for my clients who have any of these pathologies.

- Regina M. Klunk, LMT

Very interesting, I learned a lot of new information which will be helpful in my practice.

- Heather Rasch, NCTMB

Very good information to have and use.

- Karen Erickson-Ensslin, LMP, NCTMB

Useful information both for my clients & myself.

- Jody Bauer, LMT, NCTMB

I really liked this course.

- Linda Wilson, LMT

This was a very interesting course and it will be helpful in my pratice. I really like your courses.Thank you.

- Judy Murphy, LMT

Very clear, learned so much about the foot in the course.

- Marjorie Rock, LMT, NCTMB

Great choice of classes. I have a few clients with plantar fasciitis & will put this information into use tomorrow. Thank you

- Patricia Shaefer

The information was very well written and presented. I really enjoyed the articles.

- H. Cardona Small, LMT

Great reading material with appropriately aligned coursework that was relevant to other subjects.

- T. Taylor, AMTA

I enjoyed this course, very interesting and I plan on incorporating it into my practice. Thank you.

- V. Ross, LMT

Thank you. Very good, as all your courses are. So many people have these problems and this is very practical info for both understanding and addressing foot issues.

- W. Child, LMT


Massage Professionals Update
  • 4 MPU Original Articles - 14 pages
  • Online multiple-choice test
  • Certificate upon completion

Display Certificates suitable for framing are available for $10 in addition to the certificate included with your tuition. Click here to order a Display Certificate.


The Institute is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Approved Provider 049478-00.

Credits also accepted by the AMTA, ABMP and NAHA.

For information regarding your specific state massage license requirements and approvals, visit our Massage Therapy Continuing Education Requirements page by clicking here.


Nicole Cutler, L.Ac., MTCM

Nicole Cutler, L.Ac., MTCM

Nicole Cutler is a long time advocate of integrating perspectives on health. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience from the University of Rochester and a Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches Institute, Nicole has been a licensed acupuncturist since 2000. She has earned acupuncture licenses in the states of California and New York, is a certified specialist with the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, has earned diplomat status with the National Commission of Chinese and Oriental Medicine in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology and is a member of the Society for Integrative Oncology. In addition to her acupuncture practice that focuses on stress and pain relief, digestion, immunity and oncology, Nicole contributes to the integration of healthcare by writing articles and courses such as Infectious Disease: Hepatitis for health care providers.

Linda Fehrs, LMT

Linda Fehrs, LMT

Linda Fehrs attended both the Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy and Hudson Valley School of Massage Therapy in New York – a state with some of the most rigorous licensing requirements in the U.S. – and also served as an instructor at the Hudson Valley School of Massage.

She is a professional member of the AMTA and the New York State Society of Medical Massage Therapists. Linda has actively practiced massage therapy in the Mid-Hudson Valley since 2002 with a focus on medical massage and massage for those with special needs, such as developmental and physical disabilities.

Ms. Fehrs has authored such courses as Build Your Massage Practice, Cancer & Massage, Women & Massage as well as Marketing Massage and the Economy.

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