Endoscopic Plantar Fascia Release in Cases of Chronic Resistant Plantar Fasciopathy


Sohag University


Not yet enrolling


in Cases of Chronic Resistant Plantar Fasciopathy


Procedure: Endoscopic plantar fascia release in cases of chronic resistant plantar fasciopathy

Study type


Funder types




Details and patient eligibility


The plantar fascia is a thick tissue band that connects the heel bone (the medial tubercle of the under surface of the calcaneus) to the metatarsophalangeal joints, forming the medial arch of the foot, which supports the foot during walking. Irritation and scarring of the plantar fascia is one of the most common causes of heel pain . Plantar fasciopathy accounts for 11% to 15% of all foot disorders in both athletes and sedentary patients . Although commonly referred to using incorrect nomenclature as plantar fasciitis ,it is degenerative process (i.e. fasciopathy).The etiology of plantar fasciopathy is not clear. It can result from irritation due to overstrain of the fascia, which induces mucoid degeneration The pathologic findings include degenerative tissue changes without inflammatory mediators . The diagnosis of plantar fasciopathy is determined by the medical history and physical examination findings. Typically, patients present with heel pain during weight bearing , especially in the early morning and with the first steps after a period of inactivity . Patients will usually have tenderness around the site of the plantar aponeurosis . The pain can be reproduced by stretching the diseased plantar aponeurosis by passive hyperextension of the metatarsophalangeal joints . Endoscopic plantar fasciotomy is a relatively new procedure, involves an endoscopic approach to the heel, allowing a plantar aponeurosis release to be performed with delicate instruments, minimal dissection, and immediate weight bearing


30 estimated patients




18 to 60 years old


Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Adults more than 18 years old presented by a single site heel pain with local pressure at the origin of plantar fascia on the medial Calcaneal tuberosity for one year, with failure of at least two lines of conservative treatment including:

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), Corticosteroid injections, physical therapy, exercise program (Achilles tendon and plantar fascia stretching exercises) and orthotic devices (heel cup, molded shoe insert or night splint) for at least 3 months.

Exclusion criteria

  • Patients younger than 18 years.
  • Patients who had a local infection or a metabolic disorder especially diabetes, generalized polyarthritis, sero-negative arthropathy, , tarsal tunnel syndrome.
  • Patients with congenital anomalies e.g pesplanus, pescavus, limb length discrepancy, in-toeing, neuro-muscular disorders.
  • Patients with an ipsilateral or contralateral vascular or neurological abnormalities, or malignancies.
  • Recent trauma or foot and ankle deformity or fractures.
  • Active anticoagulation therapy or bleeding disorders
  • Patients who received a corticosteroid injection within the previous four weeks.

Trial design

Primary purpose




Interventional model

Single Group Assignment


None (Open label)

30 participants in 1 patient group

Experimental group
Procedure: Endoscopic plantar fascia release in cases of chronic resistant plantar fasciopathy

Trial contacts and locations



Central trial contact

Hassan H Noaman, professor; Mohammed S Hamdy, resident

Data sourced from clinicaltrials.gov

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