I had endoscopic bi lateral plantar fasciitis surgery, Nightmare!

by Geraldean
(Ruston, La)

I had problems with Plantar fasciitis for about 6 months. I went to the podiatrist. I had steroid shots to both feet, so very painful. That helped for about a month. Went back had a shot in just one foot. This time the shot did not help.

Went back had professional orthotics made, they were hard and hurt and rubbed blisters on my feet. did stretching, Took pain meds, ending up with bi lateral plantar surgery. Two weeks after the surgery my feet started hurting and swelling.

I called the clinic to tell my Doctor my feet were hurting and swelling. I called several times and finally I got to talk to her after 2 days. she was very cold to me and you could tell she did not want to see me. She looked at my feet and said, "Well this doesn't look like a foot problem to me I think you should go see your regular physician"

I know my jaw felt like it hit the floor. I was stunned to say the least. All I could say in my dumb state was what are we going to do about this swelling. She said I am going to get you some compression stockings she left the room and her nurse came back with the compression stockings.

I looked at the nurse still more shocked and said I wasn't through talking to the doctor, I said I want to go to physical therapy because something is not right. She said oh oh ok, she left the room, came back and said the doctor said if you are still having trouble to call in a week.

Needless to say I never saw her again I hobbled out to my jeep and sat there and just cryed thinking omg she has messed my feet up omg she was so nice to me before surgery what is going on.

I got my self together and drove home praying seeking answers to what am I going to do. I called my regular doctor to tell her what had happened she got me into another foot doctor and they said right away "It is never a good thing to do surgery on both feet, Never!"

I ended up having cuboid syndrome the bones were getting out of alignment. too much ligament was cut, caused unstable feet. My arch now sits on the floor when I stand.I have been to several doctors no one can help and I have been dumped in pain management.

I am telling my story and I am begging you do not have surgery because plantar fasciitis is nothing to compare to failed surgery. I am living it everyday.

Cutting major ligaments in your feet is not the way to go, but if you have to have surgery ONLY ONE FOOT AT A TIME. My Doctor was so nice to me before the surgery and when I got into trouble with my feet, She acted as if she hardly knew me.

My hope is in God alone now.


Joshua Answers:

Hi Geraldean.

I'm so sorry to hear about all that.

The more I hear stories like this, the bigger fan I'm becoming for suing the surgeon for malpractice.

It's unfortunately all too common for doctors to shun their patients when surgery doesn't work, and even more so when surgery causes more problems than there were before surgery. It somehow becomes your fault that the surgery failed.

And if your entire arch structure is flat on the floor now....that's not the best news in the world.

If surgery destroyed the structural components of your foot so much that you basically have no structural support, then you are in a physical state where there's no 'recovery', or at least, no return to how it was.

So now we're in a situation where we need to lower your pain levels. And that should be doable. The question is, how much can we lower the pain levels.

Pain killers etc may be fine to get you through the day, but a lifetime of pain medication isn't your goal, I'm thinking.

So first we just need to lower pain levels. Then we need to make the whole ecology of the foot and lower leg more healthy. As healthy as we can get them in a context of severed structural components and (probably) factors that increase pain when you walk around.

We'll either need to, with some consistency, do self care to counter the ongoing added negative factors from walking around on your current foot structures, or we'll be able to get it healthy enough it won't be -that- big of a deal.

Only time and effort will tell.

So I'm all for leaving it to God, and I suspect that god wants you to do some effective self care.


1. Understand the Process of Inflammation

2. Learn How To Reduce Inflammation.

3. Learn about Magnesium For Tendonitis and start supplementing.

Just those two will make a big difference, if done adequately/enough.

I also highly suggest my 'The Plantar Fasciitis Treatment That Works' DVD and the Quick Start Companion ebook that comes with it. You need a plan of attack and some support implementing it.

Also, give me an update on what's been happening since you submitted this.

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Apr 27, 2017
Double Trouble Plantar Fasciitis & Tarsal Tunnel Surgery !
by: Catherine A

Sept.26th. I had surgery for Plantar Fasciitis and Tarsal tunnel.I ended up with a lot of blood clots and was hospitalized.I had to take blood thinners tablets and injections every day for 3 months. Feb. 14 I had the same 2 surgeries done on my other foot.

This time only had to take blood thinner injections for 2 weeks as prevention of blood clots. Here it is April 22nd. and I'm still not able to return to work.

The extreme burning I used to get in both feet is finally gone but have issues with scar tissue, nerve damage and excessive bruising from all the Steroid injections as apparently it thinks the tissues of your feet.

I've been going for physical therapy through all this and find the healing process to be very slow.

Next week I start Needling Therapy in addition to conventional physical therapy.

I am able to walk around and do things but only for short periods of time. The last foot operated on is still swollen and bruised in addition to the other problems mention. So far it seems I traded problems.

Hoping for a good outcome . Found out average healing time is 8-9 .

I did not know that when I agreed to surgeries.

Either way Doctor said I was an extreme case and probably the worst she'd seen. I felt my feet were so bad and physical therapy just wasn't enough that surgery was my only option for recovery.

All things considered I recommend that unless your symptoms are extreme you give physical therapy a fair chance. Get the Plantar Facsciitis insoles for your shoes. Let surgery be your absolute last resort.

I failed to mention earlier they also removed spurs from my feet. This is a tough recovery , I've had friends who had hip replacement surgery just after my first surgery and they've already recovered.

Here I am still struggling for my recovery.

Mar 05, 2017
RN with both feet PF and bone spurs/swelling
by: Teressa

I am a Registered nurse and work on my feet all day long.

About 2 years ago I started having severe left heel pain and swelling. I would come home from work and cry.

I went to a foot and ankle specialist and found out I have PF in both feet as well as bone spurs.

My left foot was in bad shape and the doctor recommended surgery. I choose a walking boot and PT, ice and stretching.

I felt better for about 2 months. Now all the symptoms are back and both feet hurt. I will see the doctor tomorrow and opt for surgery. I would like to have both feet done at the same time. I would like to know how long I will out of work? I can't afford to have 2 different surgeries.

Am I doing the right thing???


Joshua Comments:

Hi Teressa.

Are you doing the right thing? (plantar fasciitis surgery, PF surgery on both feet at the same time).

I don't know, but my first response is in this scenario is almost always going to be 'probably not'.

1. Has the surgeon determined exactly WHY you're having plantar fasciitis symptoms? 'Tight plantar fascia' isn't actually a cause of PF symptoms, it is in itself a symptom.

2. Have you asked the doctor these questions and gotten satisfactory answers? Quiz Your Doctor

3. How has the doctor determined that the bone spurs are actually causing pain/problem? Just because you have bone spur formation doesn't necessarily equal pain/problem.

4. How is surgery going to actually 'fix' the problem?

5. What are the risks and potential downsides of pf surgery?

6. More specifically, how is severing a major structural support in the foot supposed to A. fix the pain/problem B. help you be on your feet as your job/life demands? (Which goes right back to, why did this pain/problem develop in the first place, for which your doctors are unlikely to have a good answer, much less any answer.)

There is a reason that (multiple reasons, actually) that the 'symptoms are back and both feet hurt'. Bone spurs may or may not be a factor (but grinding them off is going to huuuuuuuurt.....), the plantar fasciitis structure is absolutely not.

See Related: Still In Pain After Plantar Fasciitis Surgery

Jan 13, 2017
I had lateral plantar fasciitis surgery, 4 months ago!
by: Jane

Had the surgery and did all I was told to do. He wanted me to go to rehabilitation to have someone rub my foot but I could not afford the co pays so I asked him how to do it and rubbed my own foot.

My foot became red and swollen. I went back and he gave me a compression sock. I wore it and it helped.

I wish there had been another option because all I did was trade pain for pain. My foot hurts so bad in the morning I can hardly stand on it.

My ankle, knee and even my upper leg hurt sometimes as well. I can't feel three of my toes and I get stabbing pain in the scar. There is one band of nerves that goes from the center of my foot to the end of one toe that is always tight and drives me nuts. He said it would stretch out but so far not so much.

The doctor came recommended so maybe this is the best you can wish for. My lump was the size of a quarter when he removed it. If it comes back I am not so sure I would bargain for this again. I can think of other things to spend $5,000 on.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Jane.

I don't know if that's the best one can hope for, but that's well within the realm of the common experience.

We tend to think that foot surgery can fix foot pain, despite the highly traumatic and structure-damaging nature of the treatment.

Doctors are happy to do the surgery. But as you've experienced, they're not real big on the effective post-surgery self-care side of things.

See Related: I Still Have Foot Pain 2 Years After My Plantar Fasciotomy

Jul 15, 2016
by: Donna

I had my right foot done. I ended up fracturing my cuboid bone. I was in severe pain.

I hesitated to get left foot done but doc wanted me to go along with his plans so I got left foot done what a mistake. Cuboid fractured. I am in more pain than ever. Wish I never had it done.

I cry cause of the pain. Doc also wants to do tarsal tunnel surgery on both ankles. I'm starting to think he's out for the money.

I feel so screwed.the surgery didn't help.

Don't have this done.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Donna.

Ouch! Sorry to hear that.

A Cuboid Fracture is no fun.

So....you got the right side done because of a cuboid fracture? Or the fracture happened afterwards?

Either way, why did you get surgery on the left foot? Plantar fasciitis symptoms?

How did the cuboid on the left get fractured?

May 26, 2014
Plantar Fasciitis surgery nightmare, bone spur wasn't removed
by: Anonymous

I had plantar fasciitis surgery 5/12 and it's been down hill since.

I have been suffering for about 2 years with heel pain. From the moment i woke up from pf surgery I have been in pain. I did what was told of me to do.

I kept telling the dr that my heel hurts 100% more than before surgery. Finally 4 months after surgery he sent me for an MRI. My dr told me that the mri was normal and did not show any stress fracture and the report says I have pf.

Fast forward to October and the second opinion dr who was surprised to see I was still using a scooter as it was too painful to walk. I gave him all of my test which included before and after xrays, and the MRI.

To my surprise the new dr was baffled by the MRI and asked me if the dr went over the MRI with me. I told him the dr pulled up the MRI and clicked through images. The new dr said the spur was never removed and i have a fracture or bruise to the calcanius. But to be sure he wanted me to get a bone scan done.

Scan completed and my whole heel bone was black. I am now scheduled for repeated pf surgery with a biopsy of the bone.


Joshua Comments:

Sorry to hear that anonymous.

At best, a surgery is only as good as the surgeon.

Keep us updated.

See related: Still In Pain After Plantar Fasciitis

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