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Plantar fasciitis: a degenerative process (fasciosis) without inflammation

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Lemont H, Ammirati KM, Usen N. Plantar fasciitis: a degenerative process (fasciosis) without inflammation. J Am Podiatr Med Assoc. 2003;93(3):234–7. PubMed #12756315.
Tags: plantar fasciitis, etiology, biology, tendinosis, foot, leg, limbs, pain problems, overuse injury, injury, pro

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Researchers examined patients undergoing heel spur surgery for plantar fasciitis, and found that their cases were not inflammatory in nature, but well over half of them had clear signs of “degenerative fasciosis without inflammation.”

~ Paul Ingraham

original abstract

The authors review histologic findings from 50 cases of heel spur surgery for chronic plantar fasciitis. Findings include myxoid degeneration with fragmentation and degeneration of the plantar fascia and bone marrow vascular ectasia. Histologic findings are presented to support the thesis that "plantar fasciitis" is a degenerative fasciosis without inflammation, not a fasciitis. These findings suggest that treatment regimens such as serial corticosteroid injections into the plantar fascia should be reevaluated in the absence of inflammation and in light of their potential to induce plantar fascial rupture.

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