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Plantar Fasciitis: A Treatment Algorithm

Stewart, Gary Wayne MD

Techniques in Foot & Ankle Surgery: June 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 2 - p 85–89
doi: 10.1097/BTF.0b013e31824f1a3f
Special Focus: Treatment Algorithms for Foot and Ankle Disorders

Plantar fasciitis commonly presents to orthopedic foot and ankle surgeons, accounting for approximately 1 million outpatient visits each year. In general, many of these patients can be treated successfully with nonoperative care. Once patients prove resistant to nonoperative care, surgical intervention then becomes an option. Much of the difficulty in confronting plantar fasciitis surgically is found not in the technical aspects of treatment but rather in the decision-making process. The length of time from the onset of symptoms is a good starting point for simplifying the treatment of these patients and provides a standardized algorithmic approach to the treatment of this disorder.

Resurgens Orthopaedics, McDonough, GA

The author did not receive grants or outside funding in support of his research for or preparation of this manuscript. He did not receive payments or other benefits or a commitment or agreement to provide such benefits from a commercial entity. No commercial entity paid or directed or agreed to pay or direct any benefits to any research fund, foundation, educational institution, or other charitable or nonprofit organization with which the author is affiliated or associated.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Address correspondence and reprint request to Gary Wayne Stewart, MD, Resurgens Orthopaedics, 105 Regency Park Drive, McDonough, GA 30253. E-mail:

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.