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Five-year follow-up results of instep plantar fasciotomy for chronic heel pain.

The results of a 5-year follow-up of patients who underwent surgical partial release of plantar fascia with plantar skin incision for treatment of chronic heel pain are presented. Evaluation included survey results from both a modified Mayo Scoring System and a list of specific questions developed by the authors. Thirty-three feet of 30 patients are evaluated. Thirty of the 33 feet studied achieved good or excellent results, scoring 80 or better on a 100-point scale. Ninety percent pain relief was achieved in 27 of the 33 feet studied (81.8%). A satisfaction rate of 90% or better was found with 30 of the 33 feet studied (90.9%). Long-lasting complications were described by five patients, including opposite foot pain, dorsal foot pain after extended activity, scar tissue discomfort, callus at scar area, and continued heel pain.

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