Tips, Quips, and Pearls| Volume 56, ISSUE 1, P217-218, January 2017

Paper Clip Localization: Easy Technique for Verification of Portal Placement for Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy Procedures

Published:September 01, 2016DOI:


      Surgeons are always searching for useful methods that enhance surgical accuracy. In the case of endoscopic plantar fasciotomy, identifying the optimal location for insertion of the endoscope for precise sectioning of the desired portion of the plantar fascia, without increasing the risk of injury to adjacent anatomic structures and without complicating the surgery in terms of time or costs, would be beneficial to patients and surgeons alike. In the present techniques report, a simple method for accurately determining the optimal location for placement of the endoscope for execution of plantar fasciotomy is described.


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