Partial plantar fascial tear

Case contributed by Yahya Baba
Diagnosis certain


Long-standing left heel pain with no history of trauma.

Patient Data

Age: 70 years.
Gender: Female
  • hyperintense slit of fluid signal involving the plantar fascia at its insertion site, in keeping with partial thickness tear

  • thickening of the proximal plantar fascia 

  • focal marrow edema within the calcaneal tuberosity

  • soft tissue edema around the plantar fascia

  • the foot muscles are unremarkable. The calcaneal tendon is intact.

  • Pes planus

  • ni fluid within the ankle joint

Case Discussion

Features of partial thickness tear of the plantar fascia with plantar fasciitis due to probable pes planus and repetitive stress trauma.

One of the differentials to be considered is Baxter neuropathy, but there is no signal abnormality or fatty degeneration of the abductor digiti minimi, the flexor digitorum brevis, and the quadratus plantae muscles.

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