Having both feet operated on at once next week

by Melissa
(South Carolina, USA)

I am 36 years old and weight 350 lbs. About a year and a half ago, I went on a diet and began working out at the gym. I have always been completely healthy except for my weight.

With my age I knew that I needed to get this weight off before I started developing other issues. Everything was going well, I was six months into my exercise routine of Elliptical 20 minutes and weightlifting/resistance 20 minutes.

Total weight loss was at 52 pounds.

Feeling so much more healthier, I decided to participate in a heart-walk sponsored by my job. It was about 5 miles and I seemed to do ok with it. That weekend was rough though. My feet were hurting as well as my calf muscles.

Thinking nothing more of it I went to work and continued my normal activities. Things progressively got worse. I went to a podiatrist and for the last eight months I have tried everything from stretching, to orthodics, to night splints, to cortizone injections.

My regular podiatrist had an emergency and was going to be out of practice for a few months so, I decided to go an orthopedic surgeon for a second opinion.

It was determined that I had very thick plantar fascia. The average is somewhere around 5mm. My left foot was measured at 23 and my right at 26. It was also determined that I had spurs on both heels. Needless to say, I am at my wits end and am more than ready for surgery.

Because both feet are bothering me and I have limited amount of leave at work I opted for the bilateral surgery.

I'm having both feet operated on at once next week. I will update my progress after the surgery....


Joshua Answers:

Hi Melissa.

First off, ROCK ON! for losing 52 pounds. That's

Rule of the human body: The body shapes itself to the stresses placed upon it.

So of course your plantar fascia was thick, it's been needed to support all the extra weight.

Bone Spurs develop for the same reasons: tight muscle and connective tissue are constantly pulling on that spot, 24/7.

In both cases the body thinks it needs to get stronger, so it lays down more fascia fibers, and grows some bone, to handle the extra load.

It's not ideal, of course, but necessary at the moment.

Tendonitis is a dynamic, made up of predictable factors.

See: What Is Tendonitis

Plantar Fasciitis is just tendonitis of the foot, technically.

But most Plantar Fasciitis is a function of problem with the lower leg.

Remember you said you went for a long walk and your calves were sore? The Gastrocnemius and Soleus muscles were ALREADY too tight, and thus not able to do their jobs optimally. Muscles are shock absorbers. When they can't do that, all the force still has to go somewhere....guess where in your case?

How did your Plantar Fasciitis Surgery go? What exactly did they do? How's recovery going?

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Nov 03, 2015
both feet, do not disable yourself
by: Anonymous

Do not get both feet operated on at the same time. Bad decision. I had surgery 11 months ago on my right foot and am still in pain. It has been a very slow recovery for me.

Aug 02, 2012
Plantar Fasciitis Surgery Went Well!
by: Melissa

Had both done at once. Partial Plantar release with extensive tendon repair on my left foot. I have about a 4-5 inch incision on each foot. It has been 3 weeks now and I am already up and walking on them, with post op boots of course.

I can walk up to about 15-20 mins and then I have to sit for a few mins. The tendons start to tighten a little which cause some discomfort.

But, after a few mins I can get up and go again. The heel pain that I had before the surgery is completely gone! The only pain that I am having now seems to be just surgical pain and pulling from the stitches.

I am very positive in the fact that once the stitches are out and the surgical pain eases off, I will be back to my routine.

I can't wait to get this weight off and finally be pain free!

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