Plantar Fasciitis Surgery – To Do or Not To Do

Plantar Fasciitis Surgery: To Do Or Not To Do

To do or not to do plantar fasciitis surgery, of course, is something one should discuss with a specialist MD, but we thought we’d ask for opinions and experiences: from our site visitors, from our companion Facebook page and from folks in The Plantar Fasciitis Support Group. an online community where PF sufferers ask each other questions and give each other advice.

Not for Every body, For Sure.

Most of us, 90% as the experts say, don’t need surgery and should be able to “self-cure” without it. For those in the other 10% with “chronic acute” PF, though … One lady described how self-cure just wasn’t enough for her own case and how she was scheduled for the surgery. Her podiatrist did tell her that about 90% of patients will recover on their own … “unless it is an injury like mine, and then surgery isn’t considered an option but a necessity.”

Some Say It Worked

“I had Endoscopic Plantar release surgery on my right foot almost 9 months ago,” Carrie C. told us on December 6, 2013. “It was March 18th. My right foot is 100% better now. I have PF in my left foot now but I don’t have any problems with my right foot anymore. I have A good foot doctor and that is important. It is also important that you follow doctor’s orders after surgery so the surgery will work. I am glad I had the surgery.”

On 12/2/2013, Carmen N. reported, “I have no pain in my foot which is great, but I am only using it very minimally. Once I am out of the cast in 4 weeks, that will be the test.” We’re hoping to catch up with Carmen in a month or two to find out how it went.

“I had the surgery in both feet,” said one lady.  “Had a “re-do” 4 weeks ago because it grew back, along with scar tissue. Despite this setback, yes, I am so glad that I had the surgeries. The non-stop heel pain was worse than any pain I have endured from the surgeries. That was short term pain, whereas the heel pain was non-stop and really affected my quality of life.”

Kay N. had surgery at the beginning of September 2013, and a month and a half later she reported: “Just had my last post-op appt yesterday and I’m doing great. The horrific pain I was experiencing before is totally gone 🙂 Now it’s just the soreness from the surgery that I’m feeling. He said I wouldn’t feel the full effects from the surgery until 4 months post op. I didn’t have to take any pain medications at all after the surgery, just Celebrex for about 10 days. I could start putting some weight on it after the first week with a boot and after week two, I was back in my shoes. I wasn’t walking quite as fast as I wanted but I was walking without that pain I had before surgery. My incision was closed with sutures that dissolved so I only have a small line where he cut me. I gave the doctor a big hug yesterday and thanked him for literally giving me new life 🙂 He did say that he normally sees roughly 1500-1800 patients each year with plantar fasciitis and only takes back about 6 to surgery. He said he was surprised at how bad mine was when he opened me up. After the rupture, there was a lot of scarring, tissue damage, and some nerve impingement that was most definitely causing me all the pain and no relief from any of the stuff I had been trying. So thankful I had it done!”

Some: Didn’t Work So Well

“I had 2 surgeries on PF,” said one gentleman. “I have been 2 years out of second surgery and now have another PF deeper than before. This is something that you need to take a risk on getting or not. There are conventional methods to ease pain, which I highly recommend exhausting before turning to the knife…I live on pain killers and hardly sleep, so choose wisely.”

Still Not Sure

Chris S. asked on one Web site: I’m 5 months post op PF Release and still having pain! Do you think I need to give it more time? Did everyone have immediate relief after surgery?”

Dan S. responded: “You need to give it more than five months, but at the least you should feel some form of a difference in subtle ways. it took at least 8 maybe nine months before I could comfortably say that the pain was reduced enough that I could see a difference. Mind you I suppose it has a lot to do with how evasive the op was. Mine was quite intrusive as I lost about the thirds of the meat from the bottom of my foot.”

Some: Considered It

“I have been wondering this too,” said one lady. “I went to a Head foot surgeon in Boston and he told me he would not recommend it at all. He said the issues you gain by fixing one thing and causing other issues in the foot will only cause more problems.”

“Would never do it,” said another lady. “I’m battling PF right now and winning! but it’s a long and arduous process. Night boot, golf ball massage morning and night, inserts in all my shoes, stretchy band to stretch out my foot while on couch, Achilles and calf stretching all day, frozen water bottle to ice roll my foot on after work, and try as much as I can to stay off it. Alot of work, but worth it for results. 4 months in now.”


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