3 1/2 Months Since Plantar Fasciitis Surgery, still a mess

by Kathi
(Osceola, IN USA)

I have had plantar fasciitis for nine years and have been through everything prior to having surgery September 14, 2009. I tried orthotics, therapy, cortisone injections, stretching... everything!

Had a partial release of the plantar fascia in September and have had nothing but problems since.

Used a roll-about walker (highly recommend this instead of crutches) for two weeks. Had my stitches removed and then my incision split.

Spent two weeks on power antibiotics and was unable to massage the area due to excessive swelling. Scar tissue built up and I returned to therapy. The scar tissue situation is now resolved.

Problem: I have more pain now than I did before and also have severe outside ankle pain. Almost feels like a sprained ankle. Therapy has been useless for this. Everything has been useless and I am at my wits end.

Overall, I am not happy with the outcome of my surgery. My pain on the bottom of my foot is worse now than before and my ankle has been sore (no swelling) for three months.

The doctor put me on Celebrex for the ligament pain, no resolution. Looks like I'll be going back again
to the doctor. Something must be done... this is no way to live.


Joshua Answers:

Thanks for sharing Kathi. I'm sorry the surgery didn't go as we all wish it would have gone.

Is your original pain still there but is now worse, or is the pain different (along with the sprained ankle feel)?

I wonder, what can your doctor do for you.....

I'm curious what s/he will say. More therapy? More shots? Another surgery??

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Mar 27, 2015
Plantar Fasciitis Surgery And Fibromyalgia, my poor sister.
by: Kristen

My sister is 48, she has been dealing with PF and
fibromyalgia for the past 10 years. I'm trying to gather as much information regarding the PF surgery and outcomes regarding patients that have fibromyalgia, if any.

She has tried every conservative form of treatment available to no avail. Steroid injects would help for about 1 1/2 weeks.

Her doctor said she can have the surgery but doubts that any pain would subside due to the fibro.

Considering surgery, but would like to hear from any others who have had it along with the fibromyalgia.

Thank You!


Joshua Comments:

Hi Kristen.

Yeah, the usual 'conservative' treatment options for plantar fasciitis symptoms aren't all that great, -especially- why you have other issues like fibromyalgia going on.

Does she actually have plantar fasciitis, or does she just have foot pain due to causes of the fibromyalgia symptoms.

What is she doing to get rid of the fibromyalgia symptoms?

"Her doctor said she can have the surgery but doubts that any pain would subside due to the fibro."

Sounds to me like he doesn't think it's a foot problem that surgery can do anything about. So....why would he even offer the surgery?

Make sure to Quiz Your Doctor.

Specifically, ask 'what exactly would surgery do that would address the problem....and, what exactly IS the problem causing the foot pain?'

Fibromyalgia is primarily a nutritional and systemic inflammation issue. Foot pain isn't a surprise, when one looks at all the factors at play.

If your doctor(s) tell you/her that fibromyalgia is incurable, find another doctor.

So you may want to focus on the fibromyalgia causes rather than cause injury to the foot/feet (is there even something in there that surgery can fix??).

Feel free to ask more/other questions.

Apr 05, 2011
Surgery was in Jan. 2011
by: Anonymous

The surgery was in January. I have done the ice every 20 minutes 3 times a day as instructed by the Dr.

Where is this info coming from about nutritional def. and fibro?? Never heard of it. I have been to the worlds top Dr on fibro and he didn't tell me that.

Nothing is going on with my heart.I went for a checkup! I go every year.Nothing else is going on with my body.Just had blood work done and my mag. levels are fine, Along with all the other.

I have blood work every 6 months for my thyroid levels and they are normal also.judy


Joshua Comments:

Sorry Judy, I saw 'heart doctor' and read into it that you had heart issues. My bad.

On Fibromyalgia: The top doctors in the world, even though they're 'top', consider fibromyalgia to be incurable. Just like they consider diabetes to be incurable.

And in general, doctors don't believe in nutrition as having any effect on health.

Which explains why your 'top' doctor didn't show you how to get rid of fibromyalgia, and why you got a magnesium level that shows 'normal', and why you're on a variety of pharmaceuticals (and their side effects).

See Magnesium Level

Same goes for Vitamin B12 levels

Like I said, check out www.easy-immune-health.com for info on fibromyalgia. With all due respect, you just haven't been looking in the right places.

I'll refer you back to the page on how to reduce inflammation. I'll take ice dipping over 20 minute ice packs any day.

You're three months in post-surgery. How much of the pain is due to your overall chemistry of pain from fibromyalgia etc, how much is from the injury caused by the surgery itself, I certainly can't say.

But you have lots of pain enhancing chemical floating around your body from the Fibromyalgia dynamic as well as from the still acute and aggravated Process of Inflammation you have from the surgery.

Maybe you're short on protein so literally aren't healing. Maybe you're short on good fats. Maybe your Vitamin D level is low, and it's certain that you could benefit from magnesium (and Vit D and Magnesium are required to utilize Calcium).

Oh, the list goes on.

Some good things to do:

Natural anti-inflammatories like Omega 3 fats, tumeric, and ice dipping. Magnesium. Vitamin B12 methylcobalamin to help your body detox and possibly decrease any nerve pain/dysfunction. Vitamin B6, because Inflammation Causes Vitamin B6 Deficiency.

More questions, more answers.

Apr 04, 2011
Had bilateral plantar fasciitis surgery in Jan of 2011 and the pain is now WORSE than ever!
by: judy

I recently had both heels done endoscopically in January of this year for PF. No walking cast or anything after. Just bandages and walking surgical shoes.

The pain is now worse than ever. The entire bottom of my feet and just below the ankle,and running towards the toes. I am beside my self. I thought the pain would be gone and I could have a life again. What is going on?

The Dr. informed me at my last visit that it would take 6-8 months to heal and then it would be better. BS.

Anybody, please anybody have any advice? I take Morphine, Lyrica, Savella for other pain from fibromyalgia and chronic back pain. I have tried soaking them in warm water, heating pad, ice,you name it. They swell all the time.

My heart Dr. says the swelling is from the surgery and the Podiatrist says "no". Gotta love these Dr's huh?!

Thanks for reading and listening to my sob story!



Joshua Comments:

Hi Judy.

Have you done the ice dipping as I recommend on the How To Reduce Inflammation page? If so, how much/how often/how long?

That's your first line of action.

Have you read the Magnesium for Tendonitis page?

Fibromyalgia is due to nutritional deficiency. Check out that information on www.easy-immune-health.com That probably plays an factor with your heart issues too.

I don't know if the swelling is coming from the foot surgery (likely) or the heart issues (certainly possible, depending on what's going on with you.

How recent was the surgery? A couple days? A couple months?

Keep in mind that you did just have SERIOUS injury and trauma applied to your feet. They're going to hurt and swell.

So, how long has it been?

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