Still Going For Plantar Fasciitis Surgery Even Though The First One Didn't Work

by Brianne
(Flint, MI)

I had plantar fascitis pain in my left foot for over a year. I had the surgery in June 2010.

I got no better, and they told me it was because of a mass of scar tissue that formed and may have reconnected the plantar fascia. Along the way my right foot started acting up and now I am severe pain there. I have been going to physical therapy for 2 months with no relief.

So, I am now scheduled to have double foot surgery in November to redo the left and release the right. I was told I will be in immediate therapy to ensure my scar tissue does not build again.

So far..the first surgery has brought me no relief. I am hoping the right goes much better!

I am very depressed as I have gained a lot of weight from the lack of activity that this ailment causes.


Joshua Answers:

Hi Brianne.

Thanks for sharing your foot surgery experience, before and after.

The first one didn't work out, let's hope that the next two do.

Good luck with that!

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Jul 26, 2015
9 days post plantar fascia release surgery
by: Chriss

I am 9 days post left foot plantar fascia release surgery. I suffered for 4 years of plantar fasciitis and bone spur before deciding on surgery. It was a small incision in the podiatry office. I felt really good about the surgery. ..but now I'm really having my doubts.

My foot pain is worse than ever before, along with tingling in my feet and toes and up to my knee. Its horrible. Went for my post op appointment and the doc said it could take 6 weeks to have relief.

Does it really take that long to see if it takes?


Joshua Comments:

Hi Chriss.

Somebody took a very sharp object cut through various important and necessary structures in your foot.

Still having pain 10 days later is hardly surprising.

Did your surgeon completely sever the plantar fasciitis?

That's a major pillar supporting (used to support) the mobile arch/bridge of your foot.

Several to six weeks wouldn't be surprising at all for your foot to 'heal' and adjust (hopefully) to it's new structural reality.

Hopefully the tingling etc is from inflammation and compression of local nerves, as opposed to the surgeon having cut a nerve.

See Related: Failed Plantar Fasciitis Release Surgery

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Apr 04, 2015
Right foot was a dream, the left, not so much
by: KD

10 years ago I had a completely uncomplicated and successful plantar fasciotomy on my right foot.

In June of 2014, I started feeling that familiar pain in my left and started icing, stretching and taking anti inflammatory meds while I waited for my appointment with the podiatrist.

I am a nurse and walk 6-8 miles a day in a busy ER., so I was pretty miserable for the months of unsuccessful conservative measures.

My MRI showed a moderate split tear of the peroneus brevis and a large tear of the central cord of the planar fascia as well as bone marrow edema.

I had an endoscopic plantar fasciotomy early in February 2015. My heel pain is gone.

I have developed ankle pain on the outer aspect of the joint and pain on the lateral aspect of my foot radiating to my 4th and 5th toe.

I would describe it as burning pain.

I'm concerned about nerve entrapment at this point. My second post op follow up is this week.

I'm miserable with the realization that this could be a chronic problem with little options to improve the quality of my life.

I have not returned to full duty at work and have started looking for other work that has me on my feet less.


Joshua Comments:

Hi KD.

Personally I wouldn't be worried about nerve entrapment, I'd be worried about the tear in the p. brevis and even more importantly, the scenario that is CAUSING the tears (which are the same factors post-surgery causing ongoing symptoms.

Was surgery supposed to magically fix the torn brevis? What was the doctor's reasoning there? 'Surgery and hope everything heals up?

How exactly was a plantar fasciotomy supposed to help the forces causing the bone marrow edema?

But that's how it goes with doctors, I know....months wasted on ineffective measures followed up by surgery.

You got ten + year out of the first on on the right so that's good (presuming that that isn't what led the left to go bad) 10 years later.

But I know your doctor didn't put any time into trying to figure out WHY the tears and edema happened.

But that's just me complaining. I imagine that you want to know what to do now.

1. Know that Tendonitis is a dynamic and can show up anywhere.

2. Know the answer to: What Is Tendonitis?

3. Understand the Pain Causing Dynamic.

4. Personally, I'd get my 'The Plantar Fasciitis Treatment That Works' program (DVD and the Quick Start Companion ebook that comes with it).

5. Know that your (general, historical) foot issues aren't a foot problem (obviously the tears are a problem but they're just symptoms of the actual problem), they're more an issue with dysfunction of the lower leg, lack of nutrition, and chronic inflammation.

6. My best pain relief in the short term suggestion is to learn How To Reduce Inflammation.

There are many factors at play. One is a chronic and dialed up Process of Inflammation that is releasing chemicals that enhance your sensitivity to pain (and it's all downhill from there).

Ice dipping is very effective at lower pain levels by getting old chemical out and new blood/nutrition in.

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