Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy

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Today I want to discuss the Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy (EPF). For info on Plantar Fasciitis see our website here. EPF is a less invasive surgical intervention for Plantar Fasciitis.

Instead of a larger surgical incision which allows the surgeon to visualize the surgical field, EPF uses a small, lighted tube camera to see inside the foot. The tube is roughly the size of a pencil, inserted through a small incision. Through another incision on the other side of the foot, a small hook with a sharp belly is inserted. Once the fascia is identified, it is cut and released from the heel bone. The instruments are removed and one small stitch can close each incision. ┬áThe wounds are dressed with light gauze and a stiff soled surgical shoe is applied. ┬áMost patients can bear partial weight immediately. Stitches come out in 10-14 days and you’re back in shoes around that time.

Q: Can you remove a heel spur through an EPF?
A: No. Heel spur resection requires an open incision. Heel spurs themselves are not necessarily the source of pain. They are a simple manifestation that the fascia is taught, but are painless.

Always consult a professional and never self diagnose.

For more information contact:

Dr. Marcin N. Vaclaw

Foot and Ankle Specialists of The Woodlands

9191 Pinecroft suite 150

The Woodlands, TX 77380

281.909.7722

info@FASthewoodlands.com


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