Had plantar fasciitis surgery on my heel on January 13, 2011

by Alicia

I never believed that I'd be only 25 almost 26 (January 27th) that I would have such problems with my heel like I have. When I was pregnant with my daughter at the age of 23 I started having a lot of problems with my heel hurting whenever I would put pressure on it. This would happen mainly in the mornings or at work when I done a lot of walking.

I put it off as just pain from being pregnant and a lot of weight being pushed down on my feet. After I had my daughter the pain continued but at this point it was still liveable so I never thought anything about it.

When I was pregnant with my son at the age of 24/25 the pain was still there but gradually started getting worse. Now it wasnt only when I done a lot of walking or getting out of the bed first thing but it was starting to be an all day thing.

The pain also started becoming unbearable and would be sharp at times. I always dreaded walking on rocks because I would always step on one wrong and it would just shoot pain all through my heel.

A few months of having my son and constant pain everyday all day I finally decided to go see the doctor.

He told me that I had plantar fasciitis and that there was many treatments available. First we started with taping it up. Had to wear that for a couple days and went back a week or 2 later and the pain was the same. Then tried the cortisone shots. The first one worked for a couple of days and then the pain was back the 2nd one didnt relieve any pain at all. Then I was to sleep in a night splint for 4 weeks. That as well did nothing to relieve the pain. At this point I was so sick of being in pain and was ready to just give up.

After the doctor did all he could think of at that time he sent me to a physical therapist. He done many different things that as well did not work. It might have relieved the pain long enough for me to walk out of the office to my car and I would start feeling the pain again.

So he sent me back to my doctor and when this happened he put me in a cast for 4 weeks. That was the most miserable time and although after the cast came off it gave me 2 weeks of no pain. I was thinking yes finally something worked and then the pain came back.

So back to the doctor I went and finally decided it was time for surgery. So I had my surgery january 13th and so far I have not had a lot of pain at all in it. I have already gone to have the dressing changed and I go in a week to have the stitches removed.

Having 2 very small kids I need to
be feeling my greatest so I am hoping and praying this works for me. I decided to do it during the winter because my 2 year old loves outside and what good would I be laid up during the spring and summer.

I'm also hoping with that at my age that I will be able to heal faster.


Joshua Answers:

Hi Alicia.

I hope your youth allows you to heal faster too.

However, I have a couple reservations and a couple recommendations.

1. If healing was the actual factor, don't you think you would have healed already?

2. Your doctor followed the standard of care. Your doctor doesn't actually know why your were hurting, nor if surgery had a chance of actually fixing anything. Did you have a rip or a tear that needed fixing? If not, what exactly did they do surgery on?

The answer to that is usually 'they did a release'. WHen then brings up the questions, 'what was tight, and why?'

3. There is good reason why immobilization didn't work, why the Corticosteroid Injections didn't work, etc.

Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms occur because of how Tendonitis works. See: What Is Tendonitis?

4. Plantar Fasciitis is a predictable dynamic, with some variation of factors.

I suspect that a huge part of your dynamic is nutritional insufficiency/deficiency. You were likely short on nutrition when you got pregnant, and pregnancy takes a huge toll on a body's nutritional stores.

If you're short on nutrition, your body has a VERY hard time healing, much less having pain go away when there is pain but no injury (most likely your scenario before surgery).

5. You had pain and problem, which means you had some Process of Inflammation in action.

Then you had Plantar Fasciitis Surgery, so now you have MORE inflammation and the pain enhancing chemical it releases.

For the short term, I suggest that you learn How To Reduce Inflammation.

It's also interesting to note that Inflammation Causes Vitamin B6 Deficiency.


1. What is your Vitamin D level?
2. What does an average days' food intake look like.
3. Do you supplement nutritionally at all? Did you during pregnancy?
4. Do you have pain anywhere else?
5. Overall health before, during, and after pregnancy.

Please reply using the comment link below. Do not submit a new submission to answer/reply, it's too hard for me to find where it's supposed to go.

And, comments have a 3,000 character limit so you may have to comment twice.

Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expert

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