You’ve probably come to the realization that a lot more goes into the diagnosis and treatment of plantar fasciosis than you once thought. Blanket, one size fits all recommendations usually don’t work well for this condition. Please find a medical or allied health provider (medical doctor, osteopath, chiropractor, podiatrist, physical therapist, athletic trainer, body worker, etc.) that understands these concepts. Time spent in evaluation saves time in treatment. If you don’t have a medical or allied health provider, we’d be happy to help. We treat difficult cases of plantar fasciosis with our comprehensive, conservative care methods. Please call 708-532-CFIM (2346) and ask for either Dr. Dino or Dr. Marie at The Center for Integrated Medicine for more information.
Clinical photograph and radiograph demonstrate Haglund's deformity and calcifications consistent with insertional Achilles tendonopathy. Failure of conservative management and loss of function are indications for surgical management. Given the large Haglund's deformity on radiograph, calcaneal exostectomy is preferable to tendon debridement alone.
Hartog et al reviewed a series of 29 cases of chronic Achilles tendinosis treated surgically including supplementation with FHL transfer. Good to excellent clinical results were reported with no major complications.
McGarvey reviewed the clinical results of 22 insertional Achilles tendonopathy treated surgically finding a clinical satisfaction rate of 82%. Hartog reports on 29 cases of FHL augmentation of chronic Achilles tendonosis finding excellent or good results in 26 of 29 and no report of functional deficit or deformity of the hallux.
Kolodziej conducted a cadaveric study to evaluate the integrity of the insertion of the Achilles tendon. The greatest margin of safety was found to be offered by a superior to inferior resection (better than medial/lateral and oblique) and that as much as 50% of the tendon could be resected without sacrificing significant strength to failure.