Have not went under the knife for Plantar Fasciitis yet

I am a thirty- six year old woman. I presently go to school and work part time. My surgery is set for October 8, 2010.

I hope I am not making the wrong decision. I have been in pain now for 2 years. I have done everything the doctor told me to do. Numerous steroid shots, exercising the bands.

I also spent a lot of money on the proper shoes and special inserts. Now the doctor said I need the surgery.

I will have the surgery on the 8th. and will baby my foot with crutches for that Monday for school.

Do you think I will be OK?


Joshua Answers:

Hello 36Y.O.W.

You didn't leave an email address for notification, so I hope you find this response.

I certainly can't say whether you'll be ok or not. It really all just depends on a many factors.

Here's an observation I will share with you:

You've tried everything your doctors suggested and it hasn't helped. It's been 2 years of that (meaning, they let it go on this long). And now said doctor(s) are predictably suggesting the next and last tool in their so-far-useless toolbox.

What about those same doctor(s) now telling you that surgery will help has you think that it actually will? They were clearly wrong about all the other options.

They'll justify it with something like "Your Plantar Fasciitis is so bad that it has resisted all these less invasive treatments, so therefor we need to bring out a more powerful measure."

What they will never entertain is that their 'standard of care' treatments weren't the right tools in the first place. It's not that the treatments failed, it's that they were ineffective treatments.

Even if the did 'fail' and your Plantar Fasciitis is 'really bad', how is surgery going to help? What exactly to they plan on doing during your surgery on the 8th that is going to 'fix' anything?

And how will it affect all the factors that went into you getting Plantar Fasciitis in the first place? Tendonitis in the foot doesn't just show up out of the blue.

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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