Ultrasound-Guided Plantar Fascia Release with Needle
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Introduction

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of lower heel pain. It is estimated that 10% of the population at some point in their lives has had heel pain, although there are few high-quality epidemiological studies available .A study carried out in the USA between 1995 and 2000 found that approximately one million medical appointments were due to pain in the plantar fascia .The incidence of plantar fasciitis is greater among people aged between 40 and 60, with predominance 2:1 female to male, although it is also common in the athlete population .It is estimated that it represents 25% of all lesions in feet in the athlete population, being the most frequent cause of talalgia in this population group .The etiopathogenesis of plantar fasciosis is little known at present. It is believed that biomechanical changes or repeated traumas favour a mechanical overload which can cause microscopic tears of the fascia and an initial inflammatory process which, in the final phases, leads to fibrosis and myxoid degeneration of the collagen tissue, with angiofibrotic hyperplasia, meaning that the more correct term would be plantar fasciosis, rather than plantar fasciitis....

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