Ultrasonographic evaluation in plantar fasciitis

J Foot Ankle Surg. Nov-Dec 2007;46(6):442-6. doi: 10.1053/j.jfas.2007.08.006.


The heels of 23 patients who were diagnosed with unilateral/bilateral plantar fasciitis were evaluated via ultrasonography and compared with their asymptomatic feet and a control group of 23 people. Plantar fascial thickness, echogenity, and heel pad thickness were evaluated, and the results were statistically analyzed. For symptomatic feet, increased thickness of the fascia and reduced echogenity were constant ultrasonographic findings (mean, 4.79 mm for symptomatic feet; 2.17 mm for control group, P < .05). No significant difference was found between heel pads of the diseased and healthy feet (mean, 12.96 mm for symptomatic feet; 13.10 mm for control group; P > .05). Ultrasonography seems to be a valuable, noninvasive diagnostic tool for the evaluation of plantar fasciitis.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Exudates and Transudates / diagnostic imaging
  • Fascia / diagnostic imaging
  • Fasciitis, Plantar / diagnostic imaging*
  • Female
  • Heel / diagnostic imaging
  • Heel Spur / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Ultrasonography