Purpose of App Review
To evaluate Heel Thy Tendon’s utility in learning about foot conditions
Foot injuries are among the most commonly sustained injuries in sports. Heel Thy Tendon is an iPhone app designed to educate users about foot tendinopathies.
Despite positioning itself as a foot injury app, Heel Thy Tendon only includes information on four conditions: achilles tendinopathy, plantar fasciopathy, posterior tibial tendinopathy and peroneal tendinopathy.
The app starts by asking the user to select the painful area from four choices.
Each choice leads to one of the four conditions covered by the app. The user is then asked to add a photograph of the condition if desired.
Each condition has a powerpoint and a PDF file further explaining the details of the condition.
Lastly, the app includes documents on different treatment options including surgery, platelet rich plasma injections, shockwave and non-operative. Interestingly, none of the documents on treatments are tailored to each condition. They are general articles on treatment of tendinopathies that do not even include references.
Overall, Heel Thy Tendon is basically a collection of PowerPoint files and PDF documents covering four foot tendinopathies, strung together on the backbone of an app. Its scope is quite limited and the user interface not particularly compelling.
Because it is a free app, interested users should feel free to check it out, but it will not be a particularly useful to the average user.
- Simple layout
- Very limited in scope
- Articles unreferenced
Healthcare providers that would benefit from the app
- Healthcare providers involved in sports medicine
- Heel Thy Tendon teaches about foot tendinopathies, but is very limited in its scope. Patients with one of the four tendinopathies covered in the app may benefit from it.
Rating: (1 to 5 stars) 2.5 stars
User Interface: 2 – Simple but not very compelling
Multimedia usage: 2 – Reliant on powerpoint and PDF documents
Price: 5 – Free
Real world applicability: 1 – Too limited in scope to be of frequent use
This post does not establish, nor is it intended to establish, a patient physician relationship with anyone. It does not substitute for professional advice, and does not substitute for an in-person evaluation with your health care provider. It does not provide the definitive statement on the subject addressed. Before using these apps please consult with your own physician or health care provider as to the apps validity and accuracy as this post is not intended to affirm the validity or accuracy of the apps in question. The app(s) mentioned in this post should not be used without discussing the app first with your health care provider.