• Location: Zoom Webinar

SMA and SEPA are excited to present ‘Heel Pain: Load it or Unload it?’ Presented by Dr Dan Bonanno, Chantel Rabusin and John Osborne, this live webinar panel will take a deep dive into the current understanding of plantar heel pain.

Specifically, the panel will examine how muscle strength and strength training fits in the presentation of plantar heel pain, along with clinical gems of how and when to apply strength training to treat this challenging condition.

Mechanical therapies used to manage plantar fascia pain and rupture (such as footwear, taping, orthoses and padding) will also be investigated. Finally, learn about the efficacy of heel lifts and calf muscle eccentric exercises in treating mid-portion Achilles tendinopathy.

At the end of the presentations, the panel will open up for questions, comment and debate.


Dr Dan Bonanno is the podiatrist for the Carlton Football Club (AFL) and a Senior Lecturer at La Trobe University. Daniel completed his PhD in 2019, where he investigated the use of foot orthoses for the prevention of injury in military recruits. Daniel is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, the Victorian Director for Sports and Exercise Podiatry Australia, and the Graduate Research Coordinator for Podiatry and Prosthetics & Orthotics at La Trobe University. 

Chantel Rabusin graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Podiatric Practice, where she developed an interest in treating children and musculoskeletal conditions. Chantel is currently completing her PhD, where she is investigating treatment modalities for Achilles tendinopathy. Chantel has also completed Certificate III in Pathology, Clarks Footwear Assessment, Ulcer Strategies and Falls Prevention Strategies Certificates and Dry Needling (GEMT). Chantel is the Principal Podiatrist at Melbourne Podiatry Group.  

John Osborne was the first podiatrist to fulfill the criteria for title of Certified Sports Podiatrist in Australia. He currently works privately and consults with the Victorian Women’s cricket team, Southside Flyers (WNBL) and Olympic and international gymnasts helping them manage lower limb pathology. John is currently completing a PhD at La Trobe University investigating the role of muscle strengthening with plantar heel pain. Prior to being a podiatrist, he was a professional dancer but now his free time is spent playing a round of golf and spending time with his family. 

  • SMA & SEPA Members –$15 
  • Non-Members – $30