Plantar Faciitis Surgery on 3/19/2010, still have pain

by Denny

After putting up with severe Plantar Fasciitis for over 10 years on my right foot, and having tried every conservative method possible to cure it, I decided to go ahead with surgery.

My orthopedic surgeon is located at one of the best known hospitals in the country. As part of the evaluation, he had me get an MRI to see if I would be a good candidate.

He got back to me after reading the results of the MRI and thought that I had a good chance that surgery may help me. Also, in addition to open surgery for the PF, he recommended that I also have gastrocnemious slide on the right achilles tendon to increase my foot flex range. I agreed to both surgeries and was informed that there is no guarantee the Plantar Fasciitis will get better.

Plantar Fasciitis Surgery took place on the 3/19/2010. After waking, I had quite a bit of pain and took pills for a couple of days to relieve it. I was not able to put any weight on it for a week. After that, stitches were removed and was put in a walking boot for about 3 weeks. Pain continued to subside from the surgery over the 3 week period, but was still sore.

After the 3 week period with the boot, the pain level when walking with normal shoes would be in the range of 3 to 4 with 10 being severe. During this time I had to do foot and leg stretching as part of my rehab and wear good supportive shoes.

After 3 months or so, the surgeon was contacted and told that I still have considerable pain in the right heel. Pain from the achilles tendon surgery was minimal. Doctor told me everything looks normal and that it may take a lot longer to get better. Surgeon told me that there is nothing else he can do to it and recommended start physical therapy.

After 3 weeks of physical therapy, the therapist did not see any decrease in my pain level and suggested that I go back to the surgeon for his opinion. At this time, the surgeon recommended that I get fit for shoe orthotics, which I did.

Pain in the arch and heel continued over the next 4 months while trying to get used to the shoe orthotics. Pain level was in the range of 3 to 4.

It is now December of 2010 and I have noticed that the pain is decreasing somewhat and have hopes that one day I will be able to walk pain free. Pain level now is in the range of 2.

I hope this info is helpful to others that have this debilitating problem.


Joshua Answers:

Thanks for sharing Denny.

Isn't it frustrating when your doctors and PT's don't have any answers. I do appreciate that your doctor was straightforward about your chances and lack of ability to help further.

The Plantar Fasciitis version of Tendonitis has some complication to it because obviously all our weight is on our feet when we walk, run, stand, etc.

But even after surgery, the same dynamic is in place and with some daily work at home can still be reversed.

And I promise you, you didn't try -everything- possible. But that's life, we do what we do and life keeps moving on. We do the best we can.

In the interest of knocking your pain way down, here's my suggestion. Get my 'The Plantar Fasciitis Treatment That Works' and Quick Start Companion ebook that comes with it, and go at it seriously for a few weeks.

(Unlike the surgery), there's a money back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose. And it will shed light on why you had pain so long, why it didn't go away, and what to do about it now, even after surgery.

Please reply using the comment link below. Do not submit a new submission to answer/reply, it's too hard for me to find where it's supposed to go.

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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expert

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