Gastrocnemius recession: Effective remedy for recalcitrant foot pain

By Annie Hayashi

VAS pain scores show dramatic postoperative improvement

“We really discovered the use of a gastrocnemius recession for treatment of recalcitrant foot pain serendipitously,” said John G. Anderson, MD, at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society. “In the process of rebuilding fallen arches, we identified that the calf muscle needed to be lengthened to get the heel back on the ground. We also identified a large number of patients who had painful feet without any obvious arch collapse. They all also had a contracture of the gastrocnemius muscle. Addressing the contracture by releasing or lengthening the gastrocnemius muscle alleviated the disabling foot pain.”

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