Our experiences with the surgical treatment of plantar fasciitis

European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology (Impact Factor: 0.18). 04/2010; 20(3):225-227. DOI: 10.1007/s00590-009-0553-4


The authors present the results of surgical treatment of plantar fasciitis done at the University of Debrecen, Department
of Orthopaedics, between 1996 and 2004 on 52 feet of 42 patients. The surgical indication was heel pain unresponsive to at
least 6months of conservative treatment with the exclusion of all differential diagnosis. During surgery, the partial detachment
of the plantar aponeurosis origin was performed. The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society score was used for assessment.
The average preoperative score of 43 increased to 85 postoperatively. Postoperatively 69% of the patients had excellent (86–100),
12% good (71–85), 4% average (61–70) and 15% had bad (fewer than 60) results. The patients 66% was very satisfied, 11% was
satisfied, 12% was slightly satisfied, and 11% was unsatisfied with the surgical result. Based on our retrospective study,
we recommend the surgical treatment of plantar fasciitis unresponsive to conservative treatment.

KeywordsPlantar fasciitis-Surgical treatment-Retrospective study-Heel pain

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