Percutaneous radiofrequency microfasciotomy for the treatment of plantar fasciosis

Lowell Scott Weil, Lowell Weil, Wendy Benton-Weil, Robert Fridman, Jarrett Cain

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Chronic plantar fasciosis is a very common condition affecting both active and sedentary adults. Nonoperative treatment is successful in most cases of chronic plantar fasciosis and surgical intervention is used as a last resort. The use of plasma ablation (coblation) with microtenotomy is becoming well established for treating chronic tendinopathies in the extremities. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of plasma radiofrequency microfasciotomy (RFMF) for relieving pain associated with chronic plantar fasciosis. Our observations showed that RFMF seems to provide equally successful clinical results as plantar fasciotomy while sparing the severing of the plantar fascia. On the basis of our comparative results of percutaneous plantar fasciotomy (W.B.W.), our results seem to suggest that patients undergoing RFMF returned to activities of daily living more quickly than those patients undergoing open plantar fasciotomy and had fewer long-term complications after the procedure. At 6 months, postoperative RFMF was equivalent to open plantar fasciotomy in reducing the chronic pain of plantar fasciosis in more than 80% of the patients treated. Furthermore, there were reduced and short-term incidences of postoperative complications and a faster return to activities of daily living compared with conventional surgery using open plantar fasciotomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-70
Number of pages6
JournalTechniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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