3 months after Plantar Fasciitis surgery, foot pain more severe now

by Rita
(Milpitas, CA)

I had right foot pain about a year ago and I got Plantar Fasciitis surgery on Dec. 21st 2010. The surgery part went breeze through but recovery part was really painful. This is the worst pain I went through in my life. 2 months I really went through lot of pain. I went through post surgery therapy twice a week and felt lot better and went back to work on March 1st 2011 for 6 hrs a day.

I could work only two weeks now my foot pain is more severe than before I had the surgery. I rested the whole week but no help. I went back to my surgeon and referred to see Neurologist. In meantime my left foot is in pain.

I am afraid of gaining weight and get depressed because all my life I been very active. Now, I don't know how to pass the day. I don't know what Neurologist is gonna do?


Joshua Answers:

Hi Rita.

I don't know what a neurologist is going to do for you either, other than prescribe drugs for the pain.

1. What did they do for surgery, exactly?

2. What exactly were your symptoms pre-surgery? Give me some background there.

3. I'm in the Bay Area every couple of weeks. Might be worth it to come in
and see me once. Worst case scenario you'll walk out with an effective self care plan, better case you'll walk out feeling much better.

Use the contact form if that sounds good.

If that doesn't sound good, then I suggest you put LOTS of attention on learning How To Reduce Inflammation.

Plantar Fasciitis and Tendonitis are bad enough, much less adding injury to the foot with surgery. Sure it's great when it works out, but it doesn't always work out.....and then what?

Then you get to learn how to reverse the Tendonitis dyanamic, which includes the Pain Causing Dynamic.

See: What Is Tendonitis?

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Sep 17, 2018
Plantar fasciitis
by: Anonymous

I had surgery on my feet in May and at the end of the June 6 weeks between each surgery my feet still hurts have orthodics made to my feet and injections still no help even bought shoes for plantar fasciitis still no help WILL a second surgery help on my feet?

PLEASE PLEASE help me with this.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Anonymous.

If the first surgery(s) didn't work, why would another surgery work?

See: Quiz Your Doctor Before Surgery

Having said that, 6 weeks after a major traumatic surgery isn't that long to expect no pain/easy walking.

Please describe your foot symptoms before surgery, and as of now.

Also, what exactly did the surgeon do during the surgery?

Sep 12, 2018
Pain in the ball area after surgery on the heel.
by: Gina

I had plantar facitis surgery in May 2018. I was very happy with how quickly I healed and felt better. In the last 6 weeks I have begun to have worse pain than ever - but now it's in the ball area (not the heel) and even the top of my foot. I am walking worse now than I ever did. Is this something new or some weird symptom of the surgery?


Joshua Comments:

It's 99% a result of the surgery. In the sense that, you had a certain pattern of things, and the surgery drastically changed that pattern, but ignored all the causative factors that were causingthe pain/problem.....

So a new pattern because the default, and it took a short while for, long story short, for pain to show up in the spot appropriate to the new pattern.

May 30, 2018
Chronic feet pain
by: Stacie

I had planter faciitis surgery last year on my birthday for my right foot.

Was supposed to go back and have my left foot done but my right foot a year later is unbearable still.

I literally have to walk on the sides of both my feet and use a cane to get around. I can't live like this forever. I already suffer from many other autoimmune illnesses that have no cure and the thought of being in a wheelchair is devastating and there are days where I just cant take the pain and end up in that stupid chair just so I can keep up with my family.

What other options do I have since the surgery didn't seem to help at all. Not even gonna try having the left foot cut if the right one still hurts like hell anyway. Please help.


Joshua Comments:

1. I would get The Plantar Fasciitis Treatment That Works program.

That should get your unoperated foot working better, and depending, might/can get your operated on foot working better too.

It will take some time/effort, but A. your feet hurt for a specific set of reasons, and B. you can correct those reasons (we'll have to see what the scenario is in your operated-on foot, the surgery may have permanently harmed that one...but maybe not we'll see).

2. What auto-immune issues do you have?

3. Who told you they were incurable?

Oct 10, 2015
How long does it take for me to know if the plantar fasciitis surgery worked? Still hoping . . .
by: Angela

I had plantar fasciitis in my right heel on and off since 2000. It appeared in my left foot in 2011. Since then, both feet got worse over time, with no more periods of relief for at least this last year or more.

I had a bilateral plantar fascia release surgery almost 4 weeks ago, but my heel pain is still awful. However, I can still tell there is swelling from the surgery---so maybe I should not lose hope yet??? I cannot seem to shrug off the thought of discouragement that this surgery might not have resolved this. I could hardly walk at all before the surgery.

I do not want to think this will be a permanent condition.

Could use encouragement if any of you can share some wisdom on this...? Is it too soon for me to know if the surgery was successful? I had the surgery on 9/2 and today is 9/28. I have heard some stories of people with no pain after the first couple weeks, wishing that was my story.

Grace and Peace,


Joshua Comments:

Hi Angela.

You didn't leave your email either, I hope you find this.

I wish the 'no pain' was your story also.

But for most people, 4 weeks is still well within the norm for still having pain and problem.

Surgery, depending on the scope, causes significant injury. So you have to recover from that, AND hope that the surgery 'fixed' something.

As far as 'permanent condition', well, that's just a matter of successfully and effectively targeting the actual causes of the pain (which surgery usually doesn't in the case of plantar fasciitis).

Jun 04, 2014
thinking of having the Plantar Fasciitis surgery for the 2nd time
by: Karen

Joshua, you say often that the surgery does not address the plantar fasciitis issue, what do you mean by that? Thinking of having it done again.

It came back within 3 weeks of having the first surgery. (maybe if they cut more of it this time it will take)


Joshua Comments:

Hi Karen.

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

1. The pain came back 3 weeks after the first surgery. Why exactly do you think a second surgery that causes more structural damage would work this time?

2. I say that plantar fasciitis surgery doesn't address the causes of pain because surgery doesn't A. fix the muscle and connective tissue tightness (and disfunction) of the lower legs and feet, B. doesn't reduce the chronic inflammation dynamic and C. doesn't fix nutritional insufficiency/defeciency that plays a role.

3. The foot structure is a mobile arch. If we think of it like a bridge...what happens when you cut the support structures of a bridge?

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