Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course you will:

  • Understand the anatomy of the plantar fascia and Baxter’s nerve.

  • Be able to distinguish between fasciitis and Baxter’s nerve compression.

  • Know how to treat different sources of foot pain, and demonstrate various home care techniques.

  • Obtain knowledge regarding current foot pain research.

  • Understand various lifestyle factors that may facilitate recovery.

Course Description

This course will provide RMTs and other health practitioners with knowledge about different sources of foot pain. Therapists need to understand that not all foot pain is fasciitis! We will review the anatomy of the plantar fascia and Baxter’s nerve, and discuss the differences between fasciitis and Baxter’s nerve compression. We will also demonstrate home care and treatment techniques for these conditions, and discuss changes to lifestyle that may facilitate recovery.

Continuing Education Credits

The following associations have approved this course for continuing education credit. Credit may also be available from those associations with no formal approval process.


CMMOTA - 0.5 Credits

CMTNL - 0.5 Category A Credits

CMTPEI - 1 Credit

CRMTA - 1 Secondary Credit

MTAA - 1 Primary Credit

MTAM - 1 Primary Credit

MTANS - 1 Primary Credit

MTAS - 1 Primary Credit

MTWPAM - 1 Primary Credit

NHPC - 5 Credits

Pending Approval


Course Curriculum

Course Certificate

After successful completion of this course, you will receive a course certificate stating that you've completed 1 hour of online training.


Laurie Di Giulio, RMT

Laurie completed examinations with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario in 2000, and worked as an RMT in the province until 2014. During that time, she owned and managed a multidisciplinary wellness clinic, and acted as both faculty and administration at massage therapy colleges. She was a program coordinator for two Toronto campuses; and has experience in curriculum development and instruction, specifically in anatomy, physiology and pathology. Laurie and her spouse moved to Nova Scotia in 2014. While in Halifax, she brought her unique style of neurological-based practice to the east coast; she taught at two massage therapy colleges, coordinated and led study groups for healthcare professionals, presented at several conferences, and developed and delivered her own continuing education courses. Laurie believes that being a lifelong learner is key to being an effective therapist. She has additional training in NeuroKinetic Therapy, yoga teacher training, StrongFirst KettleBell User, Primal Movement Patterns, Cupping, RockTape, Active Isolated Stretching and personal training. In her spare time, Laurie can be found at the gym, near a beautiful body of water, or at the airport, as she travels frequently to visit family and to work.

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