Plantar fascial tear

Dr Henry Knipe and Dr Yuranga Weerakkody et al.

Plantar fascial tears refer to disruption of plantar fascial fibres which can occur in associated with longstanding plantar fasciitis or those treated with steroid injections. The tears can be complete (i.e. rupture) or incomplete.

Radiographic features

MRI

MR imaging features include:

  • T1
    • absence of T1-weighted low signal intensity at the site of complete rupture or partial loss of T1-weighted low signal intensity.
    • abnormal thickening of the plantar aponeurosis at the site of disruption (either complete or partial)
  • T1 (C+) Gd - there can be perifascial contrast enhancement was depicted in the five cases of acute rupture 
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Article information

rID: 30155
Section: Pathology
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Plantar fascial tears
  • Plantar fascial rupture
  • Plantar fascial ruptures
  • Plantar fascia tear

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