Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomies / Heel Pain

The new technique of Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy has been a significant advancement in the treatment of heel pain syndrome. Many patients have had successful results with this new surgical procedure. However, this technique has exhibited the potential for severe post-operative complications. Some of those complications include:

  1. The Cuboid Syndrome, which is pain on the outside aspect of the foot.
  2. Nerve entrapment at the incision site, causing severe and unremitting pain in varied apects of the heel and feet.
  3. Severe arch discomfort.
  4. Post-traumatic nerve syndrome with sharp burning pains within the foot.

The developers of this technique have stated that 70% of heel pain will resolve with conservative treatments and will not require this surgery. The development of a complication does not, in and of itself, constitute medical negligence or malpractice.

Some complications can develop, however, due to failure to properly diagnose the patient's condition pre-operatively, performing an inappropriate surgical procedure, the failure to attempt conservative treatment (injection therapy, strapping, orthotics), performance of this surgery in a negligent manner, and/or with aggressive overusage of this procedure. In some cases such complications might be the result of medical negligence.

Although this surgical procedure has helped many patients, there are several known cases where patients have suffered disabling complications following this specific surgery.

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