Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)
The Plantar Fascia is a fibrous band of connective tissue that helps support the arch of the foot. It extends from the heel bone, to the forefoot. It becomes tight with weight bearing. The Plantar Fascia can become irritated or inflamed most often due to small tears and thickening of the fascia causing heel pain. Spurs can also grow from the bone into the fascia. Pain from inflammation and thickening of the fascia is called Plantar Fasciitis.
Plantar Fasciitis symptoms include: sharp pain, aching or stiffness on the bottom of one or both heels. The pain is often at its worst upon awakening in the morning (or after sitting down for an extended period and then resuming activity), causing hobbling or limping for a few minutes.
A New Treatment Option for Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar Fasciitis has been difficult to treat without often requiring invasive surgery until now. The New FAST Technique is a breakthrough treatment option that is minimally invasive and gets you back to activity quickly.
FAST Technique Benefits
- Allows for the surgical removal of the thickened scarred tissue.
- The incision is a small stab incision.
- Performed in an outpatient setting under mild sedation and local anasthesia.
- The patient is full weight bearing in a walking boot postoperatively.
- Three-four weeks of healing time.
The FAST Technique uses a toothpick sized instrument to remove painful scar tissue from the tendon.