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Gastrocnemius Recession for Heel Pain

Anderson, John G. MD*,†; Habbu, Rohan MD; Bohay, Donald R. MD, FACS*,†

Techniques in Foot & Ankle Surgery: June 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 2 - p 71–75
doi: 10.1097/BTF.0b013e31821a29ff
Special Focus: Current Techniques for Treating Chronic Heel Pain

Heel pain including plantar fascitis is a disabling condition, which at times may be difficult to treat. The majority of patients with heel pain usually respond to conservative management. Surgery is reserved if this fails. Surgical procedures described for heel pain, include plantar fasciectomy, orthotripsy, heel spur excision, and endoscopic fascial release. Recent literature has discussed the association of gastrocnemius contracture with foot and ankle disorders, including heel pain. Successful results have been reported with the use of gastrocnemius recession in management of these conditions. This study will discuss the procedure of gastrocnemius recession and its role in managing heel pain.

*Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University

; †Department of Surgery, Grand Rapids Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Fellowship Grand Rapids Orthopaedic Residency Program Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan

Grand Rapids Medical Education Research Center/Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan, MI

The author has no funding to declare.

Address correspondence and reprint request to John G. Anderson, MD, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, Department of Surgery, Grand Rapids Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Fellowship, Grand Rapids Orthopaedic Residency Program, Orthopaedic Associatesof Michigan 1111 Leffingwell NE Grand Rapids, MI, 49525. e-mail: jganderson@oamichigan.com.

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