Should I get plantar fasciitis surgery on both feet at the same time?
I have been suffering with plantar fasciitis in both feet for over 8 months now.
I've tried physical therapy, orthotics, and cortisone but the pain persists. The doctor has mentioned surgery as an option. I was skeptical at first, but now I am reconsidering.
I have read the testimonials on this site. It seems like there are good and bad results alike.
I am super active and the pain really interferes with my lifestyle. I am only 28 and can't imagine starting to raise a family with this pain.
If I choose to have the surgery, would it be practical to get it on both feet at once? Being out months is bad enough but if I have to get the surgery on both feet, I would be out even longer. What is the risk of having both feet done at once?
I am super frustrated and want to do the best thing. I hate the idea of being off my feet, yet I hate the idea of being in pain for many more years.
So let's see.
We've established that:
A. Time isn't likely to make it go away.
B. The usual options haven't worked.
I'm curious what exactly the doctor thinks that surgery would accomplish. And where exactly your feet would get cut into, and what exactly the surgeon would actually do in there?
I have some more questions, but here's answers to your questions.
Plantar Fasciitis Surgery on both feet at the same time. There are a couple downsides.
1. Imagine stepping on a nail with each foot and what that would be like for a few days. Now imagine what it would be like to step on a nail with just one foot.
So strategy wise, both feet are often done in sequence so you can limp around on one till it heals, and then limp around on the other once it heals.
The other downside is that if you get both done at the same time, even if you were to stay totally off your feet for a few days, there's no way to get to the bathroom without putting weight on a freshly surgeried foot.
Having said that, I don't know whether you're facing major foot surgery, or a little, minor procedure. If they are both -little- surgeries, it might be worth it to set up your week to stay off your feet for several days, and you might actually reduce the down time.
1. Do you know what kind of surgery was recommended to you, and how extensive it is predicted to be?
2. Did this pain just show up out of the blue? Did it come on over time? Was there an injury or event?
3. How bad is the pain? When is it worst? Does it get better?
4. Age 28...describe your diet?
5. What kind of activity are you active with? How much, how often? What do you do for work? On your feet or sitting or?
6. Any other Tendonitis pain or symptoms anywhere else?
7. How's your health in general?
8. Did the doc give you a percentage of likelihood of a 100% successful surgery?
I have plenty of suggestions...but give me more info so I can attempt to be more accurate.
8 months is a long time. And I'm not a fan of surgery, fair warning. So let's see what else we can come up with.
Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expert