Bipolar Radiofrequency Microtenotomy: Can It Be An Effective Alternative For Plantar Fasciosis?
This minimally invasive technique is a viable surgical treatment option for patients with recalcitrant plantar fasciosis who have failed conservative care. However, proper patient selection is key with this surgical treatment option. While this technique offers a surgical alternative to conventional surgery, one should avoid using this technique on inflammatory conditions. There is still a need for further study to investigate the long-term outcomes of the procedure in the treatment of recalcitrant plantar fasciosis. I still believe that the future of plantar fasciosis treatment is in stimulating treatments that allow the body to heal itself without sacrificing the plantar fascia. Dr. Rhim is an Assistant Professor at the College of Podiatric Medicine, Surgery, and Biomechanics at the Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, Ca.
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