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Plantar fascia

Zhongkui Wang, Masamitsu Kido, Kan Imai, Kazuya Ikoma, Shinichi Hirai
Clinically in medializing calcaneal osteotomy (MCO), foot and ankle surgeons are facing difficulties in choosing appropriate surgical parameters due to the individual differences in deformities among flatfoot patients. Traditional cadaveric studies have provided important information regarding the biomechanical effects of tendons, ligaments, and plantar fascia, but limitations have been reached when dealing with individual differences and tailoring patient-specific surgeries. Therefore, this study aimed at implementing the finite element (FE) method to investigate the effect of different MCO parameters to help foot and ankle surgeons performing patient-specific surgeries...
March 15, 2018: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
Liselotte Hansen, Thøger Persson Krogh, Torkell Ellingsen, Lars Bolvig, Ulrich Fredberg
Background: Plantar fasciitis (PF) affects 7% to 10% of the population. The long-term prognosis is unknown. Purpose: Our study had 4 aims: (1) to assess the long-term prognosis of PF, (2) to evaluate whether baseline characteristics (sex, body mass index, age, smoking status, physical work, exercise-induced symptoms, bilateral heel pain, fascia thickness, and presence of a heel spur) could predict long-term outcomes, (3) to assess the long-term ultrasound (US) development in the fascia, and (4) to assess whether US-guided corticosteroid injections induce atrophy of the heel fat pad...
March 2018: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
Jessica T Servey, Christopher Jonas
Plantar fascia rupture in the absence of previous diagnosis of plantar fasciitis, corticosteroid injection, or injury is a rare occurrence with only 7 case reports in the literature since 1978. This is a case of spontaneous plantar fascia rupture in a 38-year-old active-duty US military member with current considerations in musculoskeletal ultrasound, other radiologic imaging, treatment, and followup of this diagnosis.
March 2018: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
Marjorie A Bowman, Anne Victoria Neale, Dean A Seehusen
This issue includes several excellent observational studies prompted by physicians' clinical questions. Many people use lots of menthol cough drops-does the menthol overall lengthen the cough duration? When should we intensify treatment of older individuals with diabetes? Do occipital nerve blocks work for acute migraine headaches? Did you know that the plantar fascia can rupture? What happens to those patients with chest pain but low pretest probability for serious cardiac disease who are admitted to the hospital? Acupuncture can work well-for the patients-but how can we incorporate it into the usual pace of the family medicine office? Is it a win-lose situation when medical assistant roles are expanded? How many practice sites do physicians have and does that make a difference in the number or type of health personnel shortage areas? What would you guess on the presence of humor in the medical office-more or less than half of the visits; introduced by doctors or patients; primary care or specialty doctors?...
March 2018: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
Bradley Wills, Sung Ro Lee, Parke William Hudson, Bahman SahraNavard, Cesar de Cesar Netto, Sameer Naranje, Ashish Shah
BACKGROUND: Calcaneal osteotomy is a commonly used surgical option for the correction of hindfoot malalignment. A previous cadaveric study described a neurological "safe zone" for calcaneal osteotomy. We performed a retrospective chart review to evaluate the presence of neurological injuries following calcaneal osteotomies and the location of the osteotomy in relation to the reported safe zone. METHODS: In this retrospective study, we reviewed charts of patients who underwent calcaneal osteotomy at our institution from 2011 to 2015...
March 1, 2018: Foot & Ankle Specialist
Ta-Wei Lai, Hsiao-Li Ma, Meng-Shiunn Lee, Po-Ming Chen, Ming-Chou Ku
OBJECTIVES: Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) and corticosteroid injection (CSI) are treatment options for plantar fasciitis. Their clinical outcome comparison remains a debate. Also, the thickness changes of the plantar fascia on objective evaluation under the medium energy ESWT and CSI therapy are elusive. METHODS: A total of 97 patients with chronic plantar fasciitis were enrolled in the randomized prospective trial. Forty-seven patients received extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT), and fifty patients received corticosteroid injection (CSI)...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Musculoskeletal & Neuronal Interactions
Xiu-Lin Huo, Ke-Tao Wang, Xiao-Ying Zhang, Yi-Tian Yang, Fu-Yang Cao, Jing Yang, Wei-Xiu Yuan, Wei-Dong Mi
OBJECTIVE: To compare the medium- and long-term effect of pneumatic ballistic extracorporeal shock wave versus ultrasound-guided hormone injection in the treatment of plantar fasciitis. METHODS: The clinical data were collected from patients with plantar fasciitis admitted to PLA General Hospital pain department from September, 2015 to February, 2017. The patients were randomly divided into ultrasound-guided drug injection group and shock wave group. The therapeutic parameters including the numerical rating scale (NRS) scores in the first step pain in the morning, American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) Ankle Hindfoot Scale, and thickness of the plantar fascia were monitored before and at 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, and 6 months after the treatment...
February 20, 2018: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
Haneul Lee, Jerrold Petrofsky
CONTEXT:   Although much attention has been paid to the effect of estrogen on the knee ligaments, little has been done to examine the ligaments in the foot, such as the plantar fascia and how they may be altered during the menstrual cycle. OBJECTIVE:   To (1) examine sex differences in plantar fascia thickness and laxity and postural sway and (2) identify any menstrual cycle effects on plantar fascia laxity, postural sway, and neuromuscular tremor between menstruation and the ovulation phase...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Athletic Training
Álvaro Iborra-Marcos, Juan José Ramos-Álvarez, Guillermo Rodriguez-Fabián, Federico Del Castillo-González, Antonio López-Román, Carlos Polo-Portes, Manuel Villanueva-Martínez
BACKGROUND: Corticosteroid infiltration (CI) is commonly used for treatment of plantar fasciosis. In recent years, however, interest has grown in the use of intratissue percutaneous electrolysis (EPI) for the treatment of tendinopathies. The aim of our study was to compare the effectiveness of the above techniques in the treatment of plantar fasciosis. METHODS: The results achieved over a period of 1 year following the use of these techniques to treat plantar fasciosis were examined...
February 1, 2018: Foot & Ankle International
Chu-Zhao Lin, Xue Xia, Hu Wang, Dong-Xin Liu
Children with simultaneous injury to the Achilles tendon and heel skin remain a challenge for clinicians. The purpose of this study is to evaluate a combined surgical procedure involving use of the fascia lata to reconstruct the Achilles tendon, and the posterior tibial artery perforator flap to cover the accompanying heel skin injury.Between February 2010 and February 2013, 8 children (3 females and 5 males) between 3 and 12 years of age, with a median age of 7.5 years, were hospitalized in the First Affiliated Hospital of Shantou University Medical College...
February 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Salih Angin, Karen J Mickle, Christopher J Nester
BACKGROUND: The plantar foot muscles and plantar fascia differ between different foot postures. However, how each individual plantar structure contribute to foot posture has not been explored. The purpose of this study was to investigate the associations between static foot posture and morphology of plantar foot muscles and plantar fascia and thus the contributions of these structures to static foot posture. METHODS: A total of 111 participants were recruited, 43 were classified as having pes planus and 68 as having normal foot posture using Foot Posture Index assessment tool...
January 27, 2018: Gait & Posture
Atif Ahmed Khan, Alparslan Bayram Çarlı, Uzma Akhlaque, Murat Kara, Akhtar Waheed, Levent Özçakar
BACKGROUND: Unilateral lower limb amputation can alter the tissue morphology leading to increase future risk of degenerative secondary disorders. METHODS: Thirty-four consecutive male patients with unilateral lower limb amputations of different levels and 34 well matched male controls were included. To explore whether the ankles of traumatic lower limb amputees were undergoing morphological changes, three different tissue types i.e. talar cartilage, plantar fascia and Achilles tendon thicknesses in the intact limb of the lower limb amputee and healthy controls were measured by using ultrasound...
June 12, 2017: Foot and Ankle Surgery: Official Journal of the European Society of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Hideki Tokumoto, Shinsuke Akita, Yoshitaka Kubota, Motone Kuriyama, Nobuyuki Mitsukawa
BACKGROUND: Vascularized nerve grafting is normally associated with a good outcome, but can be difficult to use for nerve reconstruction in patients with long defects of the sciatic nerve given the graft thickness. We report 3 cases of large defect sciatic nerve reconstruction using the bilateral sural nerves of the lower legs harvested together with the fascia and lesser saphenous vein to form a vascularized flap. METHODS: The subjects were 3 patients who required the reconstruction of a 10-cm or longer segment of the sciatic nerve...
January 31, 2018: Annals of Plastic Surgery
Federico Fusini, Francesco Langella, Alberto Busilacchi, Cosimo Tudisco, Antonio Gigante, Alessandro Massé, Salvatore Bisicchia
Background: Sonoelastography (SE) is a new ultrasound-based method adopted in an increased number of scientific reports to analyse normal and pathological tendons. The aim of this study is to provide a systematic overview of clinical applications of SE in normal and pathological tendons. Methods: A systematic research of PubMed, Ovid, and Cochrane Library electronic databases was performed according to PRISMA guideline. Two Authors searched and evaluated the articles independently; a third Author was involved to solve any disagreement...
July 2017: Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons Journal
Peter J Carek
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain in adults. It involves painful symptoms occurring along the plantar fascia with or without the presence of a bony heel spur. Heel pain that occurs on standing after a prolonged non-weight-bearing period is a prominent symptom of plantar fasciitis. On physical examination, palpation along the medial plantar calcaneal region reproduces the painful symptoms. Routine imaging studies usually are not necessary but can be used to rule out pathologies or confirm chronic or recalcitrant plantar fasciitis...
February 2018: FP Essentials
Sarah Orner, Wolfgang Kratzer, Julian Schmidberger, Beate Grüner
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to examine the quantitative tissue properties of the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia using a handheld, non-invasive MyotonPRO device, in order to generate normal values and examine the biomechanical relationship of both structures. DESIGN: Prospective study of a large, healthy sample population. PARTICIPANTS: The study sample included 207 healthy subjects (87 males and 120 females) for the Achilles tendon and 176 healthy subjects (73 males and 103 females) for the plantar fascia...
January 2018: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
Paul Carroll, Robert M Henshaw, Caitlin Garwood, Katherine Raspovic, Dhruv Kumar
Plantar fibromatosis (morbus Ledderhose), an extra-abdominal desmoid tumor of the plantar foot, is a rare benign hyperproliferative disorder of the plantar fascia with an unknown etiology. The main clinical characteristics include slow growing nodules on the medial and central bands of the plantar fascia, which may become painful and negatively affect ambulation. Most established conservative therapies today target symptomatic relief. As symptoms progress, therapies such as injections, shockwave ablation, radiation, and/or surgery may be required...
January 1, 2018: Foot & Ankle Specialist
Xianyi Zhang, Tijs Delabastita, Joselien Lissens, Floor De Beenhouwer, Benedicte Vanwanseele
OBJECTIVES: To determine the differences in the morphology of foot soft tissues between runners using different types of running shoes. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. METHODS: Thirty-eight recreational runners were divided into four groups based on running shoe type, namely, neutral shoes, motion control shoes, minimalistic shoes and neutral shoes with custom-made insoles. An arch height index and a relative arch deformation index were calculated for each participant...
November 22, 2017: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
Sanja Milutinovic, Goran Radunovic, Kristina Veljkovic, Maja Zlatanovic, Nemanja Damjanov
The objective of this study was to determine the construct validity and sensitivity to change of Belgrade Ultrasound Enthesitis Score (BUSES) in spondyloarthritis patients. Seventy-six spondyloarthritis patients with enthesitis were included in this pilot, prospective, double-blinded ultrasound study. Thirty-four patients received biological and forty-two patients received non-biological therapy. BUSES was determined at the beginning, after 1, 3, and 6 months. Spearman's correlation coefficient was calculated between BUSES and baseline characteristics...
March 2018: Rheumatology International
Mohamed Ebrahim Al-Ashhab, Hossam El-Dein A Elbegawy, Hala Ali Abed Hasan
Plantar fasciopathy is a common cause of heel pain. Endoscopic plantar fasciotomy has the advantage of less surgical trauma and rapid recovery. The aim of the present prospective study was to delineate the results of endoscopic plantar fascia release through 2 medial portals. The present study included 2 groups. The first group included 27 feet in 25 patients that had undergone endoscopic plantar fascia release followed up for 19.7 (range 12 to 33) months. The second group, the control group, included 20 feet in 16 patients treated conservatively and followed up for 16...
March 2018: Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery: Official Publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
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