Dr. Stephen Barrett has been recognized as a leader and pioneer in the study and treatment of Heel Pain. He is the inventor of two leading surgical techniques; endoscopic plantar fasciotomy (EPF) and ultrasound guided partial plantar fasciectomy (USGPPF).
In most cases, “heel pain” is a result of degeneration of the tissue of the plantar fascia, the thick band of tissue stretching from the heel to the toes that supports the arch of the foot. This is called “planar fasciitis,” or more accurately, “plantar fasciopathy.” Plantar fasciopathy is best evaluated using advanced diagnostic ultrasound methods, which can “stage” and “grade” the condition, which in turn helps your doctor choose the treatments that will have the most success.
However, heel pain can also result from other factors, including nerve damage. These factors can be the sole cause or exist in conjunction with plantar fasciopathy.
The latest research shows that most traditional and conservative treatment options are simply not effective in treating heel pain.
In early stages, conservative treatments, such as orthotics and stretching, may be effective. However, if you have tried orthotics, injections, special shoes, stretching, or any similar therapies and have not had significant relief or long-lasting relief, you are not alone.
USGPPF is a minimally invasive procedure for the treatment of moderate to severe plantar fasciopathy. The USGPPF procedure consists of two key elements; debridement (removal) of the diseased tissue and the introduction of amniotic tissue, which contains growth factors and amniotic stem cells, to help promote the growth of new, healthy tissue. This procedure has been used clinically for more than a decade and has a success rate of 92% good or excellent results.
The procedure is so minimally invasive, your incision will be covered with a standard adhesive bandage. Most patients will be up and walking almost immediately following the procedure.
To learn more about the cause of Heel Pain or to have your heel pain evaluated by our experts, book an evaluation appointment today!