FLOFAC Publishes new research for the treatment of chronic heel pain and the primary author, Dr. James M. Cottom of Sarasota, FL will be featured in an interview on SiriusXM Doctor Radio (channel 110) during a sports medicine session.  This paper was published in the Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery this summer.

Midterm Outcomes of Endoscopic Plantar Fascia Debridement in 125 Patients: A 5-year follow-up


Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common pathologies addressed by foot and ankle surgeons. Despite advances and overall success rates for conservative therapy, many of the recalcitrant cases proceed to require surgical correction. Partial to complete release of the fascia is often performed altering foot biomechanics and severing the windlass mechanism. Endoscopic debridement of the plantar fascia allows for direct visualization and removal of the inflammatory tissue while leaving the fascia and its function intact. A total of 125 feet were evaluated with a minimum follow-up time of 5 years. Gender, body mass index, and duration of symptoms were all evaluated and documented. Visual analog scale scores (VAS), American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Score (AOFAS), and Foot Function Index (FFI) were collected both pre- and postoperatively. AOFAS, FFI, and VAS scores improved from a pre-operative mean of 57.6, 89.4%, and 8.6-89.1, 13.4%, and 0.7 respectively (p < .05) at final follow-up. Of the 125 patients, 98% stated they were satisfied with the operative outcome and would undergo the procedure again. At final follow-up, no patient suffered rupture of the fascia or recurrence. Patients were able to bear weight immediately following the surgery in a walking boot and on average patients were able to return to work at 3.4 days following surgery. This is a novel technique that does not compromise the plantar fascia or alter foot biomechanics with promising 5-year outcomes. Author Dr. James M. Cottom Dr. James M. Cottom DPM, FACFAS is the owner and Director of the Florida Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Surgical Fellowship in Sarasota, FL. Dr. Cottom has practiced in Sarasota since 2007 and completed his fellowship training at the prestigious Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center in Columbus, OH under the guidance 3 fellowship trained orthopedic foot & ankle surgeons. Dr. Cottom is a devoted patient advocate and is very involved in the most up to date technology in foot & ankle care and has published over 60 papers and book chapters in peer reviewed publications. Dr. Cottom also routinely lectures on cutting edge procedures both in the United States and internationally. Florida Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center has graduated 13 fellows to date who are leaders in the profession and located all over the United States.

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