Hyperemia in Plantar Fasciitis Determined by Power Doppler Ultrasound

  • McMillan A
  • Landorf K
  • Gregg J
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Study Design Cross-sectional observational study. Objectives To investigate the presence of soft tissue hyperemia in plantar fasciitis with power Doppler ultrasound. Background Localized hyperemia is an established feature of tendinopathy, suggesting that neurovascular in-growth may contribute to tendon-associated pain in some patients. The presence of abnormal soft tissue vascularity can be assessed with Doppler ultrasound, and a positive finding can assist with targeted treatment plans. However, very little is known regarding the presence of hyperemia in plantar fasciitis and the ability of routine Doppler ultrasound to identify vascular in-growth in the plantar fascia near its proximal insertion. Methods This observational study included 30 participants with plantar fasciitis unrelated to systemic disease and 30 age- and sex-matched controls. Ultrasound examination was performed with a 13- to 5-MHz linear transducer, and power Doppler images were assessed by 2 blinded investigators. Results Hyperemia o...

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  • Andrew M. McMillan

  • Karl B. Landorf

  • Julie M. Gregg

  • Jason De Luca

  • Matthew P. Cotchett

  • Hylton B. Menz

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