Plantar Fascia Release

Plantar fasciitis, or heel spur syndrome, refers to the inflammation of the thick band of tissue at the bottom of the foot. Pain is typically located at the bottom of the heel. In the context of plantar fasciitis, heel spurs are an incidental finding on radiographs. 

Plantar fasciitis results from an unstable/unbalanced foot pulling on the abnormally tight plantar fascia with weightbearing activities. This causes repetitive trauma to the heel and chronic fascial overuse. Resultant microtears of the plantar fascia and irritation of the heel bone develops. In response, recurrent inflammatory episodes occur and thus chronic pain of the area ensues.

More About Plantar Fascia Release

This syndrome can usually be managed with non-surgical measures such as custom orthotics, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory therapies. For those who have exhausted those interventions, surgery can be considered. Surgery involves releasing (cutting) a portion of the plantar fascia through a small incision.  

Dr. Matthew Turanovic is trained in the most up to date and advanced surgical techniques and protocols for foot and ankle surgery - without the need for casts and crutches. See the about me for more information about your surgeon. 

A thorough consultation, history, examination, and understanding of patient goals are required to determine if they are a candidate for the surgery. 

Surgery typically takes about 30 minutes. Surgery is done with regional anesthesia and optional oral sedation. This means the nerves of the foot are numbed with local anesthetic so no pain is felt during the procedure. Oral medication is given to reduce anxiety, promote a calming effect, and sometimes a relaxing nap. This allows for a quicker, more comfortable recovery after surgery and poses significantly fewer risks and complications compared with general anesthesia.  

Detailed care instructions will be given and pain control medicine will be prescribed after surgery.  You will have direct contact with the surgical team questions or concerns arise when you leave the office.

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