TOPAZ Plantar Fasciitis & Heel Pain Treatment
TOPAZ Coblation Procedure
TOPAZ is a quick, simple and minimally invasive medical technique now available for the treatment of tendons and fascia. This treatment method is ideal for patients experiencing heel pain or plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is the irritation and swelling of a ligament that attaches to the heel on the bottom of the foot. But not all foot pain indicates plantar fasciitis, so it’s important that you consult a podiatric expert for proper diagnosis and treatment.
The TOPAZ MicroDebrider utilizes patented Coblation® technology, designed to specifically treat tendons and fascia. To date, over 5 million coblation procedures have been performed. The TOPAZ technique typically allows you to quickly return to daily activities allowing for significant improvement in patient outcomes.
How TOPAZ Works on Heel Pain
Through a minimal port site, the TOPAZ MicroDebrider is applied on and around the plantar fascia or tendon, for half-second duration treatments placed a quarter inch apart to form a grid-like pattern. Small amounts of tissue are removed as a light application of radiofrequency energy is guided into the tissue. TOPAZ treatment typically takes less than 10 minutes to administer. Patients are ready to leave the clinic once recovered from local or light sedation.
Is TOPAZ the Treatment for You?
TOPAZ coblation may not be the best treatment for every patient experiencing heel pain. Patients with partial tears in the fascia may be at an increased risk of rupture. Additionally, patients with acute trauma, neurogenic disease, ligamentous disruption, bone and joint abnormalities should not be treated with TOPAZ. Before recommending the procedure, our podiatrists perform a preoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), ultrasound or x-ray.
Access can be approached via a minimally invasive approach or by surgeons choice. For plantar fasciitis it is usually performed via a minimally invasive procedure with no incision.
Postoperative Care and Rehabilitation
For the first 2 weeks after the procedure, patients should be in a walking boot, followed by use of a stable running shoe utilizing a custom made orthotic. You can return to normal activities in 2 – 4 weeks.