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Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy

Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy

When non-surgical methods for treating plantar fasciitis fail, endoscopic plantar fasciotomy (EPF) is the preferred procedure. EPF is a minimally invasive, endoscopic technique used to release extreme tension of the plantar fascia. An endoscope provides clear visualization of the inferior surface of the plantar fascia, allowing the surgeon to release tension in the medial band. Following the procedure, a sterile dressing is worn for approximately 3-5 days, then the patient is generally allowed to wear comfortable shoes as tolerated.

If treatments, such as stretching, taping, orthotic devices, anti-inflammatory medications, and physical therapy, fail and minimally invasive foot surgery is indicated, the endoscopic approach to treating plantar fasciitis is superior to conventional open procedures as it significantly minimizes surgical trauma, resulting in an earlier return to regular activities and few complications.

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Minimally Invasive Procedures
Ultrasound Guided Partial Plantar Fasciectomy

Ultrasound Guided Partial Plantar Fasciectomy

When non-operative treatments for chronic heel pain fail, your foot doctor may recommend surgery for plantar fasciitis. Ultrasound guided partial plantar fasciectomy (USGPPF) is a minimally invasive foot surgery technique that uses the patient’s own blood to repair damaged or degenerative plantar fascia tissue in the heel. A high resolution diagnostic ultrasound is used to accurately locate and remove the diseased tissue then replace it with growth factors harvested from the patient’s blood. This procedure occurs through a small, needle-like device while the patient is under general anesthesia for a short amount of time. The patient is encouraged to...

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Endoscopic Decompression of Intermetatarsal Nerve

Endoscopic Decompression of Intermetatarsal Nerve

Endoscopic decompression of intermetatarsal nerve is an endoscopic technique used for Morton’s neuroma treatment. Morton’s neuroma, or Morton’s entrapment, is an entrapment of a small nerve in the foot. During this technique, two small incisions are made on the foot, one to isolate the ligament and the other for surgeon visualization via the use of a scope. Once properly visualized, the foot and ankle surgeon is able to release the entrapped nerve. This procedure is done in an outpatient setting. Patients are allowed to fully bear weight immediately after surgery as tolerated and return to comfortable shoes the next...

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Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy

Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy

When non-surgical methods for treating plantar fasciitis fail, endoscopic plantar fasciotomy (EPF) is the preferred procedure. EPF is a minimally invasive, endoscopic technique used to release extreme tension of the plantar fascia. An endoscope provides clear visualization of the inferior surface of the plantar fascia, allowing the surgeon to release tension in the medial band. Following the procedure, a sterile dressing is worn for approximately 3-5 days, then the patient is generally allowed to wear comfortable shoes as tolerated. If treatments, such as stretching, taping, orthotic devices, anti-inflammatory medications, and physical therapy, fail and minimally invasive foot surgery is...

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Endoscopic Gastrocnemius Recession

Endoscopic Gastrocnemius Recession

The endoscopic gastrocnemius recession (EGR) is a minimally invasive technique designed for gastrocnemius equinus treatment. Equinus is a limitation of ankle joint motion. Our bi-portal approach, using a scope developed for endoscopic carpal tunnel release, provides clear visualization for safe division of the fascia of the gastrocnemius (calf) muscle. The sheath of the scope protects the sural nerve from injury. Once adequate release is attained, all equipment is removed, and the skin is closed with sutures. Post-operative management is dependent upon other procedures performed in conjunction with the EGR technique. If you have questions about endoscopic gastrocnemius recession for...

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Endoscopic Tarsal Tunnel Decompression

Endoscopic Tarsal Tunnel Decompression

Endoscopic tarsal tunnel decompression (ETTD) is a minimally invasive foot surgery technique used to relieve the pressure exerted on a compressed, or pinched, nerve that runs through the tarsal (Latin term meaning ankle) tunnel on the inner side of the ankle and into the foot. Anything that takes up space in or compresses the tarsal tunnel will put pressure on the nerve and cause inflammation and pain. This procedure is performed via a small incision determined by anatomic points and geometric lines and is less traumatic to the patient than an open technique. If you have questions about the...

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Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

For some patients, foot pain treatment at Foot Surgery Specialists of Texas can involve a minimally invasive technique called platelet-rich plasma therapy. This is a minimally invasive technique that uses the healing elements of the patient’s own blood to relieve foot pain and expedite recovery from injuries to cartilages, ligaments, tendons, and even bones. During this process, a small amount of the patient’s blood is drawn and specially prepared then re-injected into the injured area to stimulate healing of connective tissue. This procedure takes under an hour, including preparation and recovery time, and leaves no scarring. The goal of...

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Ankle Arthroscopy

Ankle Arthroscopy

Doctors at Foot Surgery Specialists of Texas may recommend an ankle arthroscopy for some patients needing ankle pain treatment. Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive technique used to evaluate (“scope”) or to treat a variety of ankle conditions, including cartilage damage, bone spurs, loose debris or scar tissue, and posterior ankle pain. During this procedure, the surgeon uses a camera to access the ankle joint and small surgical tools to address the problem through small incisions placed in specific locations to minimize the potential for injury to surrounding nerves, blood vessels, and tendons. The length of the ankle arthroscopy procedure...

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Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy

Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is a noninvasive alternative to treatment for heel pain when the patient has not responded to conservative traditional therapy, such as physical therapy, heel cushions, anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, taping, shoe modifications, night splinting, or casting. Low energy shockwave treatments accelerate the body’s own healing processes by delivering focused shock waves to stimulate the affected area. Patients are awake during the procedure and can direct the physician to the place that hurts them the most, therefore, increasing its effectiveness. Extracorporeal shockwave therapy is performed in the office and takes approximately 20 minutes. ESWT is a...

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Subtalar Joint Implant

Subtalar Joint Implant

Subtalar joint implant, a type of minimally invasive flat foot surgery, offer a less aggressive option to treating a more mild flatfoot or pediatric flatfoot. Through a small incision over the lateral foot, a small implant is inserted into the sinus tarsi, a small canal that goes up to the ankle below the talus bone. By using this type of surgery for flat feet, much of the inversion and eversion of the rearfoot can be prevented; thus, stabilizing the arch. Minimal dissection allows for a quicker recovery period and a shorter immobilization time when compared to full reconstructive methods....

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