Can gastrocnemius recession have an impact on pain relief for patients with chronic Achilles tendinopathy? Reviewing the literature on the efficacy of open and endoscopic gastroc recession, these authors examine the effects of these procedures on insertional and non-insertional Achilles pathology.

Gastrocnemius recession has therapeutic value for various pathologies. More recently, there has been increased attention to using the gastroc recession in treating posterior heel pain, particularly Achilles tendinopathy. Performing an isolated gastroc recession may be an option for treating posterior heel pain that is recalcitrant to conservative treatment.

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