Pain and more pain after Plantar Fasciitis Surgery resulting in Foot Hernia

by Doreen

i had the surgery on 9-9-10, have more pain than i did before, plus a hernia at the incision site.

doctor tells me it can take a year to heal, we will see.

it appears to be a hit or miss thing, some do well and others don't. i happen to hit the don't.

i had the surgery that they come in from one side and out the other,looks like you have an arrow through your foot, they then put a little camera in one end and the cutting tool in the other, he cut 70 percent.

so with every step i take i ask my self what the hell did ya do it for.

i have a low tolorence for pain, not good, if i was a horse i'd say shoot me, lol


Joshua Answers:

Hi Doreen.

Technically, there's no such thing as a foot hernia.

Hernia officially means that you have intestine poking through somewhere. That's not happening in your foot, which has me ask the question..."What is sticking out of your foot??"

Do you mean you have tissue squishing out from the surgery incision?

That's not good, that's definitely a trip to the surgeon to ask "What the h$ll is this
and what are you going to do about it?

I'm also curious what exactly the surgeon cut. 70% of what, exactly?

So let me know some details of the foot 'hernia', and more details of the surgery, and we'll go from there.

Tendonitis and Process of Inflammation are their own conversation. Foot tissue poking out of a foot surgery incision is something else entirely....

See: What Is Tendonitis?

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Jun 28, 2017
Muscle herniation after foot fibroma surgery
by: JB

I also have what my podiatrist refers to as a muscle "herniation" after a surgical procedure to remove a plantar fibroma from the central band of the plantar fibroma.

The resulting gap from the excision now allows the abductor hallucis muscle (which stretches from the heel to the big toe) to protrude through the fascial band. I can palpate the muscle as it bumps out.

It causes pain when walking, especially anytime I push off with my toes. I am one year out from surgery and it's not known if this will ever heal on its own. Still trying to consider my treatment options. If anyone has had any similar experiences, please respond here.


Joshua Comments:

Hi JB.

All in all, if there's a herniation, there's not really a solution other than:

- surgery or equivalent to somehow fix the herniation/fix the 'hole'.

This is one of the few scenarios where I say "You should see a really good surgeon to see if that can be fixed."

The downside is, that's a tough spot to have/fix (what we'll just call) a hernia. I don't know if it can be fixed (meaning, I have no idea and only a good surgeon would know).

I do know that time/rest is 99% unlikely to fix it/allow it to get better.

And none of my stuff is going to help it directly, or enough to say 'Do my stuff and it will help it enough to get 80% better (or whatever)'....and again, it's the rare scenario where I say 'get thee to a surgeon'.

I just reread your message. Do you mean that your surgeon doesn't know if it will heal on it's own? If so....*rolling my eyes and sighing loudly*...then no it's not going to heal on it's own. It can't, because every step you take pushes the muscle through the hole/keeps a 'seal' from forming/growing/healing.

(I mean, MAYBE it can/will, but personally I wouldn't bet
on it.)

And get a better second opinion from a really good surgeon.

IF that better second opinion surgeon states it can't heal, then ask if surgery can fix it.

If yes, great.

If no, then that results in a whole other conversation.

If the surgeon can't repair connective tissue or insert a man made something in to cover/seal the gap, then that's problematic.

If it won't heal on it's own, and the hernia can't be repaired....well, let's confirm that before we put any energy into talking about that.

May 17, 2013
foot hernia and removed fibroma grew back
by: Natali

Idk,I think the fibroma was actually on the tendon, perhaps he didn't get it all the first time?? He claimed that "if we went a year with no reoccurance we were safe", it was ten months when lump reappeared. He said he would have to remove more tendon second time to prevent that??


Joshua Comments:

Well, it seems that removing tendon didn't prevent it.

I'm curious WHY it's forming in the first place. Even if he got it all the first time, there are forces at play that cause fibroma formation in the first place (plus some mystery factors). And now there's extra pain and problem.

The risk of having less tendon is larger (risk of) more herniation action. If the tendon was acting like a wall holding tissue where it's supposed to be and that tendon is smaller or gone....

Obviously there are problems/risks with removing tendon, as you situation shows. Removing more tendon puts you at risk for more/worse problem. Sometimes the 'cure' is worse than the disease, as the saying goes.

Learning How To Reduce Inflammation will help lower pain levels. It won't fix anything, but it will help lower pain levels and make the overall structure more healthy (old waste productt and irritant out, new blood and nutrition in).

May 15, 2013
foot hernia
by: Natali

Muscle protruding through the area where part of tendon was removed, there is a large painful lump in the arch of my foot) left), the fibroma was removed, ten months later it had returned, the Dr went back in and removed pat if the tendon to prevent thus from happening again, now muscle is protruding thru...????


Joshua Comments:

How exactly did the doctor think that removing tendon would prevent this/anything?

May 07, 2013
foot hernia, tendon and fibroma removed, extremely painful
by: Nataliann

I also had the fibroma removed, twice, and the second time, part of the tendon was removed, and now the muscle is protruding thru, my DPM also referred to it as a hernia, possibly due to lack of a better term.

It is extremely painful, sometimes worse than others, they want to do another surgery but frankly I'm scared, should I have it or not?? Your opinion???


Joshua Comments:

Back up a little bit.

What exatly is the 'muscle protruding through'?

Please say more about the whole scenario: history of symptoms, surgery, and post-surgery experience.

Aug 30, 2011
Frequent fibroma's and herniations, herniated foot fascia
by: Anonymous

My surgeon who performed my fasciotomy to remove a fibroma just called me to inform me that my MRI showed a plantar fascial hernia. Actually, a hernia, my medical definition is the protrusion of an organ or fasica through the wall of the cavity that it is normally contained there it is possible to have a herniation in the foot.

Diane, RN, BSN not an expert but a sufferer of frequent fibromas AND foot hernias.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Diane.

I'm not really sure if you were making a comment or asking a question....?

However, I'm curious why you experience frequent fibroma's and herniations.

Tell me more.

Herniations where?
Fibroma's where?
Overall description of health.
Overall descrition of diet.

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