Surgeries Were a Big Permanent Mistake.

by Lisa Shade

I had my first Plantar Fasciitis surgery in 2001 on my left foot. The 1 inside tendon was cut. For about 5 years it seemed to work and I was doing on. The pain returned.

I had problems with both feet but the left was worse. Of course, I had treatment before surgery. I wore orthotics for about 3 years, took anti-inflamatories and a lot of stretching exercises. Nothing worked.

My heel spurs continued to grow on both feet. By 2008 I was limping in pain by 10am (starting my work day at 8am). I ended up with surgery on my right foot. The spur was the size of a nickel. All 3 tendons were cut and the spur sawed off.

Now, in 2012 all my pain in both feet is back. Now, I have no arches at all. I tear tendons on the top of my feet now just doing everyday activities.

I'm only 43 and in no way ready to sit the rest of my life. Nothing can be done to fix it. More orthotics and wearing expensive shoes like Dansko is all I can really do. I love to work out and try to stay fit. All I can do is low impact activity. I can't participate in the 5K cancer run (being a cancer survivor, I REALLY wanted to do the run) but I wouldn't last 1/2 a mile.

I've been to 3 foot specialist, one being one of the best in the country. Only thing that will "fix" what the surgery did is to reconstruct my foot and fuse the bones together. Obviously, I would loose all mobility of my feet. That isn't an option!

So, my advice is.... don't have the surgery. It may ease your pain for a few years, but after that, it will ruin your life. It has mine.


Joshua Answers:

Hi Lisa.

Quick cancer note: Make sure your Vitamin D level is between 60-80 ng/ml. If you don't know what your level is, get it checked. Then get the level up ASAP.

Sorry to hear about your feet. As you show example of, surgery is not a magical fix.

My main problem with Plantar Fasciitis Surgery is that everything they do surgery on isn't the cause of the problem it's the symptom(s).

So when pain's only a surprise to the patient and a bemused doctor/surgeon that then blames it on you.

Bone Spurs show up for a reason, they don't just magically appear.

It's a semi-common aspect of the Achilles Tendonitis and Plantar Fasciitis dynamic.

Aside from some nutritional aspects, to get back on your feet quickly I highly suggest The ARPwave System.

That fusion option is really to be avoided....yikes.

Thanks for sharing your experience and your warning.

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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
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