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Ultrasound-Guided Weil Percutaneous Plantar Fasciotomy

Michael B. DeBrule Private practice, 200 S O’Connell St, Ste B, Marshall, MN 56258. (E-mail: Dr.DeBrule@InnovativeFootCare.com)

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Chronic plantar fasciitis is often treated by surgical plantar fasciotomy when conservative treatments have been exhausted. This article presents an ultrasound-guided Weil percutaneous plantar fasciotomy technique used to successfully treat persistent plantar fasciitis in a 48-year-old woman. Five weeks after the procedure, the patient had resumed normal activity, with an excellent clinical outcome. This ultrasound-guided technique can be performed in an office or hospital surgical setting. This technique may be useful to podiatric physicians and surgeons who treat chronic plantar fasciitis. (J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 100(2): 146–148, 2010)