Any time you’re on your feet, your heels take a beating. As strong and resilient as your heels are and need to be to bear the heavy burden of supporting your entire body, all those steps and all that work can take its toll, especially as the years (and miles) pile up. Plantar fasciitis, damage to the heel tissue that results from ongoing and substantial pressure, is perhaps the most common source of heel pain among our patients, causing persistent inflammation and stiffness at the sole of the foot.
At the Advanced Heel Pain Centers of South Florida, part of JAWSpodiatry, we can usually resolve most cases of plantar fasciitis with conservative treatments such as exercises, heel inserts, anti-inflammatory medications, and icing. But when those approaches do not provide relief for recalcitrant plantar fasciitis, we may recommend more aggressive options. This includes a safe, minimally invasive, and effective procedure called a percutaneous plantar fasciotomy.
Percutaneous plantar fasciotomy involves releasing a small portion of the plantar fascia just beyond its origin as it comes off the heel bone. This is usually the area where the tissue has abnormally thickened, tightened, calcified, and scarred; the pathology which in whole or in part causes the patient’s ongoing pain.
We perform the procedure under local anesthesia in our comfortable and welcoming office-based surgical suite. The incision we make is less than 2mm in length, about the size of a keyhole. We are careful not to completely disrupt the entire plantar fascia, which is an essential structure for arch stability. For optimal results, we usually combine the procedure with either stem-cell or platelet-rich plasma injection therapy.
As a minimally invasive procedure, percutaneous plantar fasciotomy offers many advantages and comes without the patient challenges associated with traditional surgeries. In addition to reduced discomfort and recovery time, the benefits of this procedure include:
- Local anesthesia instead of general anesthesia
- Lower infection risk
- Barely visible scarring
- Minimal blood loss
- Shorter surgery time
- Undergoing the procedure in our state-of-the-art, in-office surgical suite rather than a conventional outpatient or hospital setting.
Ready to Get Rid Heel Pain? Schedule an Appointment With The Advanced Heel Pain Centers of South Florida Today
No one should have to live with heel pain and discomfort – and you don’t need to. If you are experiencing heel pain or other symptoms that may indicate that you have plantar fasciitis, please reach out to the Advanced Heel Pain Centers of South Florida today. We offer a range of advanced and effective surgical and non-surgical procedures to treat heel problems, and our podiatrists provide exceptional patient care that can get you back on your feet quickly. Please call us today at (954) 922-7333 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.