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Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation for the Treatment of Heel Pain

Landsman, Adam DPM, PhD, FACFAS*,†

Techniques in Foot & Ankle Surgery: June 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 2 - p 76–81
doi: 10.1097/BTF.0b013e31821a2a2c
Special Focus: Current Techniques for Treating Chronic Heel Pain

Radiofrequency nerve ablation is a safe and effective treatment for plantar fasciosis and other types of heel pain. It can be used as a primary treatment, or after other methods have failed. It is easily performed in the office, or in the operating room, and the basic technique has been used to manage chronic pain for over a decade. In this study, we review the mechanism of action, examine the treatment technique, and examine the outcomes from some recent studies.

*Division of Podiatric Surgery, Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, MA

California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University, Oakland, CA

No funding was received for this project.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Adam Landsman, DPM, PhD, FACFAS, Division of Podiatric Surgery, Cambridge Health Alliance, 1493 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02139. e-mail: alandsman@cha.harvard.edu.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.