Plantar Fasciitis Surgery In Both Feet, best decision I made so far!

by Tina

I am a 46 year old female. I suffered with Plantar Fasciitis for 15 years. It started with the aching feet only on days when I was really on the go. Like if we went to an amusement park for the day. If I rested a day or two afterwards the pain would go away for a while.

It progressively got worse over the years. I would describe the early stages as it felt like my foot, ankle, and leg were fused together. First thing in the morning was the worse pain. I finally went to a podiatrist who subscribed arch supports and exercises for my feet and ankles. I thought I'll go with store bought arches instead of the expensive ones they were suggesting. The cheapos which I replaced periodically worked for a few years to lessen the pain some. Maybe 2-3 then stopped helping.

Next I tried the custom fitted arch supports. They were GREAT for a few years (maybe 4.) But I could NEVER go without them. I had to wear them every day from the time my feet hit the floor in the morning until I went to bed at night. I still had some pain but it was that I could live with it. I also faithfully did foot exercises before getting out of bed and while sitting at my desk during the day. Forget going bare foot - NEVER!

Finally they stopped helping and I was in constant pain. I did the Cortizone injections. They took about a week to kick in and then only provided SLIGHT relief for 3-4 weeks.

Did the boot thing at night, icing, pain meds, did the stretching exercises every opportunity I got. Standing in lines, sitting anyplace, etc. Couldn't continue that route. I was in so much pain until I got home from work I would just sit and cry. I gained tons of weight because everything hurt. I got to the point I didn't want to do anything but sit and cry and pray the pain would stop. Nothing seemed to relieve the pain for more than a few minutes. I ended up with heel spurs according to the doctor "So big you could hang a coat on them." in both feet.

Surgery was the next step and I am so mad at myself for taking so long to take this step! Now granted, it's only been since February (5 months) but I now see it was the BEST DECISION I HAVE EVER MADE. I get out of bed and walk, no pain, no exercises necessary, no supports, no shoes! It's wonderful!

I had the spurs "ground down" and the fascia released. I had one foot done at a time. I took 2 weeks off work each time. I had no need to take anything for pain after the first 24 hours. Even during that 24 hours I only took the pain meds they gave me "in case". I was afraid the pain would kick in and I wanted to be ahead of it so I did take what they gave me. Since there was absolutely no pain, I stopped taking the pain meds and still didn't have any pain at all, none!

When I left the hospital the doctor told me not to walk on it at all for the first week. Then at the 1 week follow up appointment she said I should start putting slight weight on it still using the crutches and the walking boot. Still putting weight on it there was absolutely NO PAIN. I was amazed. It was very hard to "be a good little patient and listen to the doctor" about not walking on it because there was no pain.

The day I had the stitches removed, 2 weeks after the surgery, I walked right out of the doctors office in my own sneakers. The only pain I had during those 2 weeks was slight pinching towards the end of the 2nd week as the stitches started to pull a little. Not even worth taking simple Tylenol for. There was absolutely NO PAIN from the surgery. I was SO AMAZED! I couldn't believe it. Here I was with about a 5" incision with stitches on the inside of my heel area and I had NO PAIN.

4 weeks after the surgery I went on a vacation to Mexico. I couldn't wait to get back home to schedule the other foot to be done!

Now like I said, it's only been 5 months but these 5 month have been great! I am able to take my dog for a walk every day now.


Joshua Comments:

Thanks Tina!

What a perfect description of the usual progression of symptoms and treatments.

Isn't it amazing that we can sometimes get cut on like that and walk away pain free?

Please do enjoy your painfreeness (that is now officially a word), and keep track of the results.

I would love if you checked in every 6-12 months with an update!

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.

And, comments have a 3,000 character limit so you may have to comment twice.

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Jun 13, 2016
Plantar Faciitis was the BEST thing I could have done!!!
by: Julie Cole

I had suffered from plantar fasciitis for over 2 years. I tried every thing from icing, stretching, anti-inflammatories, injections, physical therapy, wearing night splints, and cam boots.

I had both feet done a month apart and made a full recovery. I got 100% results. I have absolutely no pain!! And I couldn't have asked for a better doctor. He is the greatest!!!

May 17, 2016
Painfree in Illinois
by: Linda

I, too, had PF in both feet. For nearly 15 years, I tried it all...the icing, the exercises, the shoe inserts, the cortisone shots. The pain was excruciating, especially first thing in the morning. No doctor even suggested surgery, until I finally found the right one in Illinois.

He did the surgery in his office on my right foot only, and I walked out in a stiff boot. He said the left foot would correct itself. It DID! No more pain...and that was five years ago! It was a life altering surgery that I recommend to anyone with PF.

Apr 15, 2016
Charley horse in my foot after plantar fasciitis surgery...8 weeks out
by: Ester

My first foot surgery was about 2 years ago...everything went well,now my left foot sits a bit higher than my right one. It took about 6 months to heal but now all is good.

My right foot was actually worse to begin with but apparently it healed in 3 I thought. After wearing a small heeled sandal for 3 consecutive days...for about 2 hours, suddenly my foot started to I have been icing it 3 times a day which seems to help.

However a few times at night now I have awaken to a Charley horse pain that takes several minutes to subside. This morning after the episode last night, it actually seems to feel a bit better. I am wondering if I should ask my doctor about doing some physical therapy. And just so you know I have been wearing my Merrell shoes faithfully

I never go barefoot or wear slippers either unless they are the ortho heel ones. I have stopped my regulations walking program until my right foot feels better. I usually walk about 5 miles a day and I really miss it.

Please advise about the charley horse pain and your thoughts.

Thank you!


Joshua Comments:

Hi Ester.

You didn't leave your email or check the notification box, so I hope you find this.

Charley horse (cramping) post-plantar fasciitis surgery is due to one or more of the following:

- magnesium insufficiency/deficiency

- new tightness from connective tissue pulling together ('healing' consists of scar tissue knitting the wound back together)

- too much pain/pain enhancing chemical floating around can, long story short, cause neurological activity that results in a cramp

- ischemia, where muscle doesn't have enough blood, causes pain and if bad enough, cramping

- too much constant tension on muscle can result in cramping. The wounds of PF surgery can drastically change the form and function of the foot, forcing the body to (hopefully) change and adapt, which it may not be able to do fast enough/happily enough.

Dec 30, 2015
PF Surgery & Bone Spur Surgery
by: Anonymous

After several years of pain, therapy, orthotic shoes, cortisone shots, boot, and cast, I finally decided to get the PF Surgery (small incision with one stitch) on my right foot. I also had bone spurs on the 5th baby toe of both feet, so I decided to have them shaved down at the same time.

I had the procedures on Monday, Dec.28. It was quick, painless, and have had no pain with the surgeries. Took advil and one Vicodin as a precaution the first night. Turns out, no pain pill was needed - surprisingly!

Icing and soaking feet in ice baths to help. I have one stitch in the Pantar Fascia and one stitch on each baby toe. I have been on crutches to stay off the heel with PF. I was told the biggest concern with putting weight on it could pop the stitch. So, if I choose to put weight on it, they recommend stepping on the ball of the foot not the heel.

I haven't had any pain with bone spurs being removed and am able to put full weight on feet/toes.

I go in tomorrow for them to change all the bandages and hopefully get the green light to begin slowly walking on the PF foot.

Three years ago, I had severe pain with PF on my left foot. After seeing 4 doctors and completely frustrated trying every thing, I saw a new Podiatrist. He suggested trying a traditional hard cast for three weeks. Wow! It did the trick on my left foot. Unfortunately, shortly after my right foot started hurting and went through the whole process again. Bummed the cast didn't work on my right foot. But so happy to have found this doctor!!

I am feeling very hopeful that I will be pain-free and able to walk and exercise soon!

Good luck to those going through this painful and frustrating process. Believe there's hope!

May 01, 2015
One Week After Plantar Fasciitis Open Surgery
by: Holly

Suffered from PF for almost a year. Had it once before in my 20's, and this time at 60. First time it went away after 6 months by trading in my "flats" for ugly comfy shoes!

Tried just about everything this time from stretches, night splint (a joke!) to 6 weeks therapy.

That helped a bit, but got progressively worse this past winter. Never got cortisone shots because I heard they were very painful and didn't last that long. So finally got 2 opinions from foot surgeons and decided to go that route--but reading stories on this website scared the crap out of me!

Most of the posts on here were several years old (2004-2008), but I decided to proceed with an orthopedic surgeon. Had the "open" surgery one week ago. He cut on the side of my foot just under the ankle bone.

When I came home that day my foot was numb so I had no pain. The next day a little sore so I took a pain pill and later felt sick and vomited, so then I took ibuprophen a couple of times a day and was much better.

My right foot was wrapped in gauze and Ace bandage and was given and orthopedic shoe to wear. Had a walker to keep weight off of my foot but they said I could step on my toe if needed. Showered 2 days out--wrapped foot in a garbage bag and taped tight so not to get wet. Had my one week follow-up appt. today and incision looked good and stitches will be removed next week.

I now have just a large bandage covering the incision. The doctor said I could start walking on my foot fully, but slowly. He even said I could drive if I felt comfortable enough! I can't believe how good I feel only one week out post op!
was almost ready to cancel my surgery after reading the comments on this site--thank god I didn't!! I'm not sure if this procedure has gotten better or if It made a difference going to an orthopedic surgeon---I just know that this will be a success and that I can get on with my life!


Joshua Comments:

Hi Holly.

Sounds like it went great! Good.

What exactly did the surgeon cut, and how much?

Please keep us updated on your progress.

Mar 07, 2015
Upcoming plantar fasciitis surgery next week
by: Debbie

I have been having severe pain in my left heel for almost2 years now and nothing seems to help. I have done the exercises, taping methods, stretching, and had cortisone shots as well.

My podiatrist and myself decided yesterday that I go ahead with the surgery, so I am scheduled next week.

I can barely walk some days, so I am really hoping his surgery works for me. He told me I would be walking in a few short days and it was immediate relief, in which I am thankful.

I will update next week after the surgery.....Debbie


Joshua Comments:

Hi Debbie.

How'd the surgery go?

Jan 05, 2015
Nervous about plantar fasciitis surgery next week.
by: Anonymous

Surgery is set for next week I am so nervous to have planters fasciitis relieve .have tried everything to make the pain go away but what happens if the surgery makes different pains that can't be fixed.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Anonymous.

Yes, that is the dilemna, isn't it.

Here are some questions for your surgeon. Quiz Your Doctor

No matter where one has Tendonitis, it's important to understand how and why one has pain.

See: What Is Tendonitis?

Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms exist for a reason (follow the link).

If surgery can reverse the problem, great. If it can't, then is the trauma of surgery one gets to undergo.

Maybe it will help, but like you said, what if it makes things worse?

Jul 12, 2014
my plantar fasciitis surgery on both feet still hurts 4 weeks later
by: Elisa

Hi my name is Elisa im 29 years old.

I got the plantar fasciitis surgery 5 weeks ago in both my feet and the pain is still there.

I'm afraid question is can be normal o do I had to wait more time for feel better.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Elisa.

I'm not sure what your last sentence is supposed to say but I think you're asking if it's normal to hurt this bad 4 weeks after plantar fasciitis surgery, and will it get better with more time.

Yes it's common to hurt 4 weeks after. You just had major trauma to both feet.

And depending on what they did in there.....

Will it get better with time? That depends on a lot of things like your nutritional status, how much damage the surgeon did in there, how well you heal, the self care you are or aren't doing, etc.

May 09, 2014
After foot surgery no bands left
by: Sharon

Had surgery on my left foot that went fine, then last october had sugery on right foot that went ok , so I thought 3 months ago I started getting very bad pain on the outer part of my right foot so dr started giving me electric shock treatments , and that did not go very well at all.

So dr gave mri n found that the outer band was affected so off to surgery again , so that means all 3 bands r going. To b cut.

So with that being said how will that affect my foot with no support from the bands ? And I also want 2 mention after the surgery on my rt foot my 2nd, 3rd ,n 4th toes r numb.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Sharon.

Well...connective tissue is there for a purpose. If you remove or damage the structural supports, then there is less/no support.

What's 'wrong' with the bands that the surgeon wants to sever them. That logic doesn't make sense to severing them is the ultimate damage that can happen to supportive connective tissue structures.

It's been a while since you submitted this, please give us an update and we'll go from there.

May 06, 2014
5 years of pain in both feet but super happy 2 weeks after plantar fasciitis surgery
by: Angie

I have had pain in both feet for over 5 years. Did the shots, shoe inserts, exercises, and even wore a cast for 10 weeks. Partialy tore the left and wore boot for months. Nothing helped. Had surgery 2 weeks ago and get stitches out tomorrow.

I really wondered what I had done to myself the first couple of days. The pain was unreal when trying to get to the bathroom. My husband, bless his heart, practically carried me in there. I will admit I'm not a good pain pill user. I have adverse reactions to them (bless MY heart, huh?!). Make sure to ice your feet! That's my advice. I definitely can tell I have to take things slowly. Too much walking causes throbbing in my heels.

I still have pain from surgery but it is completely different than the PF pain. Now, it just feels bruised vs the tearing/sharp pain. I know I'm only two weeks out from surgery but I couldn't be happier with the results.

I've read horror stories of others but I'm hoping allowing myself the needed time to heal will make my story a success!

For anyone in the Memphis area, my doctor is Dr. David Moinester and he is fabulous!


Joshua Comments:

Hi Angie.

You didn't leave your email nor check the notifications box so I hope you find this response.

That's great 2 weeks out things are feeling good/looking good!

A scooter or a 'knee walker' are a great idea for post surgery, so you can both stay off your feet and avoid trips and falls which can ruin a surgery.

How has that recovery been doing lately?

Dec 01, 2013
My Plantar Fasciitis Surgery was awesome!
by: Katie

I suffered with PF for almost 2 yrs and finally decided that enough was enough. I couldn't walk without severe pain with each step. I iced it, stretched it, wore the boot at night, cortisone shots. Nothing helped it the longer I let it go. It got to the point I was calling off work because I couldn't walk with out crying, I ended up with tendinitis in it also because I was walking on the side of it. It was horrible!

I called the office and made my appointment for the surgery. He was so surprised I was gonna do it because I had waited so long. I'm telling you all right now I WISH I HADN'T WAITED SO LONG! The surgery was simple there was little pain after the surgery. It didn't seem painful to me because the pain I had before was way worse. I was walking on it that and next day was little pain. My foot was wrapped with thick padding and a ace bandage. I thought OMG! this looks really bad they way they had it all wrapped like my foot was split wide open or something. When I went for the follow up 2 days later they unwrapped it and there was only 2 small holes on each side of my foot. He said it looked good, not much swelling. They put small bandages on it. I put my sock and shoe on and walked out.

I just want everyone to know it isn't bad for everyone. Plus you need to remember everybody's pain tolerance is so different. I would say if your tired of being in pain then do it! My doctor is wonderful and not once did he ever say it was because of my weight. Skinny people have this to! So what are you waiting on get it done.

Feel free to ask me anything about the surgery.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Katie.

That's great it went so well. Aside from the two small punctures, how 'intrusive' was it? In other words, what exactly did they do in there?

Also, please keep us updated on your recovery.

Dec 05, 2012
I am afraid of having the surgery on the same day!
by: sandra

I am worried that my doctor wishes to perform surgery on both my feet on the same day! If you are not supposed to put weigh on it at all for 2 weeks...what does it mean? Am I going to be on a wheelchair? How come my doctor has decided this?


Joshua Comments:

Hi Sandra.

It means the doctor wants to get it all done at once.

It means you'll be off your feet for a while.

As opposed to doing one foot and being able to use the good foot while the surgery heals, and -then- do the other foot.

One strategy isn't better than the other, it just depends on how mobile you need to be.

In both scenario's we assume that things will get better post-surgery.

You'll have to ask your doctor his reasons for deciding to do both at once.

Aug 29, 2012
planter fasicitis
by: Anonymous

Hi I have planter fasicitis in both feet real bad. I Still work but barely. The pain has gotten worse. I had electric shock wave therapy done on my left foot last May and it did not help at all. The pain is in the whole foot and goes up to my legs and hips.

Does any body ever have the same pain. If you had surgery done did it work. Please reply. I am scared.

Aug 19, 2012
Walking Pain Free Again After Plantar Fasciitis Surgery
by: Cheryl

I have had plantar fasciitis heel pain for at least 25 years (I am now 51 and it started in my 20s). Last fall when my pain returned, once again, it was the first time I could not get the it under control. I tried for six months, but nothing that worked for me in the past (stretching, ice, orthotics, NSAIDS, or cortisone shots) worked this time. I was limping so badly, I also developed lower back, hip and leg pain. I finally went for a MRI and it showed that the ligament was much thicker than it should be and I also had fluid in the bone. I decided to have an endoscopic plantar fasciotomy.

The procedure only took 20 minutes and I went home the same day, feeling great. When the initial pain of the surgery went away, I was still left with pain on the inside of my heel. It was such that I could point directly to the sore spot. After several physical therapy sessions, which helped but didn't take the pain completely away, my doctor gave me one last cortisone shot directly in that sore spot.

Although I almost kicked the doc and jumped off the table, it was the beginning of the end of my pain. I am now just a little over a week shy of 4 months past surgery, and I feel great. I am still working my way back to the level of aerobic activity I enjoy (long walks, elliptical machines, etc.), but I am very happy with my decision to have the surgery.

I definitely recommend this procedure for chronic plantar fasciitis sufferers.


Joshua Comments:

That's great Cheryl!

Keep us updated.

Aug 08, 2012
Considering repeating surgery on my foot
by: Ron

8 years ago i had plantar faciatis surgery on both feet at same time. when i came out of surgery i could tell that one of my feet really didnt feel right. 8 years later ,im discussing having surgery on the one for a second time.

since my other foot came out perfect,im willing to go thru the surgery again. the custom orthodics dont work,steroids help ,but only while your on them,cortisone shots are to the point where they dont do anything,(besides they hurt like hell).

nighttime splint was helping releive that painful get out of bed feeling, but now that has lost its effectiveness,the excersizes and icing it down doesnt help.

so to me i think surgery is my only option. i truly think alot depends on what type of job you have and your weight.if you have a desk job,i think you will be fine,i'm a overweight courier and climb in and out of a truck 100+ times a day. causing stain on my foot.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Ron.

So one foot came out perfect and the other not so much?

And you're now considering a second surgery on the not so much foot.

Let us know what happens!

And I'm curious, what exactly would they do with surgery the second time around?

Feb 27, 2012
Plantar Fasciitis Surgery or no surgery
by: Anonymous

I found out today I now have plantar fasciitis in both feet and need surgery in both feet. I have tried shots, night splints, ice, stretching, physical therapy, orthotic inserts and now pain patches. I even ordered cold gel packs today. I have sufferered now for about 3 years and my Dr. Wants to do surgery.

I have told him no surgery unless I get to the point where I can't walk. I think I now will seriously think about losing weight, even though my Dr. Said this probably won't help. Should I have surgery? What if I have complications?


Joshua Comments:

Yes indeed, what if you have complications?

What if the surgery doesn't magically fix everything?

What exactly would the surgery -DO-? (To magically fix everything?)

Why does the doctor thing plantar fasciitis surgery would take all the pain away?

What exactly is causing all the plantar fasciitis symptoms? And how will surgery fix that?

If 'tight' plantar fascia is the cause of the pain, what caused that tightness? And how will surgery fix what's causing the tightness?

Losing weight, btw, is likely a very good idea.

So is my 'The Plantar Fasciitis Treatment That Works' DVD and the Quick Start Companion ebook that comes with it.

It will show you that the foot is NOT the cause of the foot pain.

Jun 17, 2010
Plantar Fasciitis Surgery
by: dlsaine

I had Plantar Fasciitis surgery 2 weeks ago. I go for my first post op tomorrow. The pain is so much better then before. The only discomfort that I have is usually at night. I read all the horror stories prior to my surgery and was having 2nd thoughts but proceeding on. I would RECOMMEND this option to those that are in pain and have tried everything else. I am only 36 years old and I feel like a new person. I went through all the treatments with the shots, inserts, etc and I wished that I had done the surgery months ago. Good Luck to ALL. Remember dont suffer. Get the help that is needed. Take Care...


Joshua Comments:

Great! I'm glad it's working for you!

Apr 05, 2010
Thank you!!
by: Anonymous

Thank you so much! I finally scheduled the surgery for my 1st foot for next week.

My pain started about 12 years ago (at least severly) this was after years in the military running and marching in boots and years of extreme long distance backpacking and hiking. My feet became almost my enemy.

I started 12 years ago with orthotics and the night splint and of course the mega stretching exercises. I wasn't overweight and I certainly did all of the exercises they recommended to try and get rid of the pain. Over the years I tried everything. The cortisone shots would bring a couple of weeks of relief after they kicked in but you could only get so many over a period of time.

Ice..haha I scoff at ice I did ice massage, ice bath, salt ice bath (makes it colder) I would almost pray to the frostbite gods if they existed to invade my feet and freeze the plantar faciitis.

The final and last step was Plasma Cell injections as the doctor thought that would finally help my facia regrow and repair itself. That was almost the worst because I think I had the most hope and I wore the walking cast/boot for a month and wasted all that time and still had no relief from the pain.

I finally actually broke down and cried to my doctor and begged for the surgery. My life has been so completely compromised that I have gone from someone that used to run 10 miles a day and backpack for 10 days straight and now I can't even walk around the block.

Thank you for giving me hope that there is relief around the corner for me after surgery next week.

Nov 21, 2009
I'm You!
by: Melody

I'm sitting here reading your story and crying! I'm reading my own story, except I've only been dealing with it for 7 years, but it's the same progression.

I just a call to schedule my surgery for next month and I almost canceled because there are so many horror stories and things that can go wrong. But then, even with complications, can it get any worse than it is right now?

So thank you for writing, I think I will go ahead.

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