Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy in San Rafael, CA
Learn about endoscopic plantar fasciotomy treatment options
What is Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy?
Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy is a recent advance in foot surgery for the correction of Heel Spur Syndrome and Plantar Fasciitis. This procedure was developed to permanently correct chronic heel pain in a less traumatic manner. The new technique allows for a quicker recovery and a faster return to normal activity. The procedure involves an outpatient surgical visit utilizing specially designed instruments that allow Dr. Mark Drucker to directly visualize the foot structures on a video screen while making only two small incisions on the foot.
Who is a candidate for this surgical procedure?
If a patient has failed to obtain complete relief of heel pain symptoms with the use of conservative treatments such as: taping, orthotics, cortisone injections, oral medication or physical therapy, then he/she may benefit from Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy.
What makes this procedure different?
In classic heel spur surgery, a large area open incision is made to release the tight ligament in the arch known as the plantar fascia and to remove the bone spur which has formed within the fascia. Studies have proven that the actual bone spur is a result of chronic inflammation where the fascia attaches to the heel bone.
The heel spur is formed over a long period of time because of constant pulling. The injury produces inflammation, pain and inability to bear weight on the heel comfortably. The inflammation stimulates spur formation. The spur is a symptom of the inflammation and not the cause of the heel pain. In Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy it is not necessary to remove the heel spur in order to relieve the pain.
What are the expected results of this procedure?
Most patients return to their regular shoes in 3-5 days. Most return to work after the first week, and to their normal activities by the end of the third week. Everyone heals differently. Other factors such as age, weight and occupation can contribute to healing times as well.
Having Foot or Ankle Pain?
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