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‘Key Hole’ Plantar Fascia Surgery

Minimally invasive day procedure

Written by Dr Mike Smith

Plantar Fascia

What is the plantar fascia and why do i have heel pain?

The Plantar fascia is a thick broad fibrous band that supports the arch of the foot. It runs from the calcaneus (heel bone) to the toes, and has an important function during weight bearing and ambulation.

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Plantar fasciitis is a common condition resulting in chronic heel pain. The condition represents irritation / inflammation of the plantar fascia. With progression, tears in the plantar fascia may develop.


Plantar Fasciitis

Do you have any of the following symptoms?


Heel Pain.

Pain around the arch of your foot.

Pain that is worse in the mornings or after periods of rest?



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Key Hole Day Procedure

Dr. Smith performs minimally invasive keyhole plantar fascia release surgery through two 3-4mm incisions. This technique of plantar fasciitis treatment allows direct visualisation of the thickened plantar fascia through the use of a specialised camera, and minimises soft tissue trauma and scarring.


Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

Myths Exposed


Key Hole Release

What happens on the day of the procedure

On the day of the procedure you will arrive at the hospital 1-2 hours prior to the procedure, to meet the team. The anaesthetists will discuss the role of a nerve block to provide comfort following the procedure.

The procedure itself involves making 2 x tiny incisions along the border of the sole of the foot. One on the medial (inside), and one on the lateral (outer) side.

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One of these portals is used for the passage of a tiny camera that allows direct visualisation of the thickened plantar fascia. Via the other portal, a specialised instrument is introduced to release the tight and thickened plantar fascia. The camera allows direct confirmation of a successful release, with the separation of fibres seen.


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