plantar fasciotomy

plantar fasciotomy

surgical division of the plantar fascia just distal to its proximal insertion; to reduce symptoms of chronic intractable plantar fasciitis (enthesiopathy) or pain associated with heel spur formation
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Three weeks ago I had an endoscopic plantar fasciotomy after over a year of stretching, icing, taping, ultrasound, night splints, and finally a month of immobilization in a cast.
Endoscopic plantar fasciotomy, when done appropriately, can produce a full return to running.
They include amputation and infection (especially in a patient with peripheral vascular disease or diabetes); reflex sympathetic dystrophy (a severe neurological condition also known as causalgia or Sudeck's atrophy); and postoperative heel surgery complications (especially when the new endoscopic plantar fasciotomy is performed--this procedure involves passing an endoscope and a small instrument through two very small incisions to cut the attachment of the plantar fascia ligament from the bottom of the heel bone).