Plantar vein thrombosis : an unusual cause of plantar painPlantar vein thrombosis : an unusual cause of plantar pain
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
JBSR : journal of the Belgian Society of Radiology
99(2015):2, p. 98-101
University of Antwerp
We present a case of an 80-year-old man with progressive pain for 5 days at the medial and plantar aspect of the left heel. Wearing shoes aggravated the pain. Ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed thrombosis of the medial plantar veins. Plantar vein thrombosis is a rare condition. The clinical symptoms are non-specific and can be confused with plantar fasciitis. It has been associated with hypercoagulable conditions, foot trauma and recent surgery. The imaging modality of choice is ultrasound. MRI may add to the diagnosis in unclear cases.