p-ISSN: 1300-0551
e-ISSN: 2587-1498

Gürhan Dönmez1, Naila Babayeva1, Ş. Şeyma Torğutalp1, Levent Özçakar2

1Sports Medicine Department, Faculty of Medicine, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
2Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Department, Faculty of Medicine, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

Keywords: Plantar fasciitis, epin calcanei, ultrasonography, corticosteroids, PRP


Painful plantar heel in athletes can cause significant discomfort and limping due to difficulty in weight-bearing. Plantar fasciitis and calcaneal spurs are frequently associated with this condition. Herein, a 33-year-old male football referee with plantar fascia rupture following a local corticosteroid injection for the relief of heel pain due to calcaneal bony spur is presented. The diagnosis was confirmed through ultrasonography (USG) of the heel, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection was performed under USG guidance. With a well designed rehabilitation program, he returned to his previous activity level on the 10th week of injury, without any complications. This case report is presented to highlight the potential complications of blinded corticosteroid injections amongst professional athletes, and it cautions physicians who prescribe or intervene by using.

Cite this article as: Donmez G, Babayeva N, Torgutalp SS, et al. Plantar fascia rupture in a professional football referee. Turk J Sports Med. 2018;53:83-88