Endoscopic plantar fascia release: a case series.
Plantar fasciitis is a common disabling condition that can be recalcitrant to treatment. Endoscopic Plantar Fascia Release (EPFR) has received greater attention in recent years as a viable, and possibly superior, alternative to established open procedures for the treatment of plantar fasciitis. In a series of 17 patients (17 feet) with follow-up over an average of 16 months, we report a two portal endoscopic technique of partial release of the plantar fascia, as a successful, safe and reliable procedure for the treatment of plantar fasciitis in the patient group selected. The surgical results of 17 EPFR's performed by the same surgeon were reviewed. All patients had preoperative symptoms of subcalcaneal heel pain for greater than 12 months, all having undergone nonsurgical measures for at least 12 months. Of 17 feet, all reported marked improvement of preoperative symptoms within two months. Patients' subjective assessment of the procedure was strongly supportive, 100% totally satisfied or satisfied with only minor restrictions. Postoperatively, 82.4% reported mild or no pain, and 100% had improvement in walking distance. Complications all resolved within two to six months; there were no re-operations and no infections.
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