Heel Surgery Lost and confused about my healing process

by Vickie
( Texas)

I started having problems with both heels about a year ago. In January 2012 I went to the dr he did a cortisone shot in both my heels. I was fine for the first month then my right foot started hurting again.

I then went back he gave me another injection in the right foot it gave me no relief so he scheduled me for surgery.

I had my surgery on 5/10/12 I am walking around but can only do a little housework at a time with out hurting as if I never had the surgery starting to think the surgery did not work. My dr said I can go back to work but if I cant stand very long not sure if going back to work is a wise choice. I stand all day long sitting is not an option.

I have seriously thought about going to see another dr to look at my foot just not sure if that is a good idea. I like my dr personally but was not very helpful my last visit he came in clipped the dead skin from the stitches and told me ok looking good. Can go back to work he didnt push on my foot or anything.

I told him I was still having pain and cant even wear my regular shoes because of the swelling he said it was normal and the numbness is normal. I just need to keep pushing myself.

I dont want to be walking around with a limp and my foot constantly hurting the rest of my life. I am feeling like its a lost cause and not sure what to do. I am suppose to go back to work in 1 week, and I don't see how I am ready.


Joshua Answers:

Hi Vickie.

Unfortunately, 'normal' does not necessarily translate to 'good'. Surgeons are only good (hopefully) at surgery. They're not good at fixing a plantar fasciitis, and they're not good at making sure you recover and rehab in the best way possible.

They do the surgery, then pat you on your back a couple times when you come in for a check up and either say 'You're good to go, don't worry about it' or 'Well, bummer, there's nothing else I can do for you'.

For the record, Corticosteroid Injections are, at best, a pain reliever. They are not a fix for Plantar Fasciitis.

Where did you have surgery, specifically. Or, what did your doctor do, specifically? Heel pain is a function of problem up in the lower leg, and isn't really a heel problem.

Also for the record, you don't need to 'push yourself'. You need to decrease inflammation, and do self care to fix the original problem (which surgery didn't do anything to fix), which lucky for you is the same self care to do post-surgery.

Make sure you understand the Process of Inflammation.

Then see: How To Reduce Inflammation

That's the first thing to do at this point. Get a 5 gallon bucket, freeze some water bottles, and go crazy with it. That will lower pain levels, Ice Dipping is really good that that.

Tendonitis is bad enough. It gets worse when a surgery happens for no reason, for bad reasons, or just gets bungled.

See: What Is Tendonitis

Did you go back to work? Update, please.

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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
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Aug 08, 2012
Thanks for the Advice
by: Melissa

Thanks Chris for your advice about massaging the incision cite. I had a partial release (both feet) done 4 weeks ago and just around the surgical site is a little tight so I will massage them to help loosen them up. The stitches came out a few days ago so it's not to painful to do so. Other than that, I am up walking around with tennis shoes now and only really experience discomfort after standing for more than 20mins or walking up or down an incline.

I am very pleased with my surgical results so far! Good luck with your second surgery!

Aug 08, 2012
Must give a year for recovery
by: Chris

I injured my foot walking in sand dunes and suffered for 2 years, progressively doing less and less activity and gaining more weight. After another year of treatment which included many injections and taping and icing, my podiatrist finally agreed to the partial release due to having very high arches.

I did develop that common painful spot near incision from scar tissue but after about a year I can say I wake up and have no stiffness or pain.

I now have the same problem in my other foot after a stress fracture that went a year misdiagnosed and after one year of treatment which included a fracture boot I am having a release in one week.

I would recommend massaging the incision from the beginning of post op period, lose weight if necessary and give it one year.

I know I will continue to have tenderness in that scar area but it only hurts if I push in that area- so I don't.


Joshua Comments:

Interesting title there Chris.

Why must you give a year for recovery?

Recovery from the injury plantar fasciitis surgery causes?

Anyhoo, yes, I agree, massage of the incision is a REALLY good idea. The more you can keep things soft and malleable, the better.

Good luck with the surgery. Keep us updated.

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