Plantar fascial tear

Plantar fascial tears refer to disruption of plantar fascial fibers which can occur in associated with longstanding plantar fasciitis or those treated with steroid injections. The tears can be complete (i.e. rupture) or incomplete.

Radiographic features


MR imaging features include:

  • T1
    • absence of T1-weighted low signal intensity at the site of complete rupture or partial loss of T1-weighted low signal intensity.
    • abnormal thickening of the plantar aponeurosis at the site of disruption (either complete or partial)
  • T1 C+ (Gd): there can be perifascial contrast enhancement as was depicted in the five cases of acute rupture
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