Plantar Fasiitis Surgery I should not have had

by Lynne Walters
(Darwin NT)

I had the operation to have a lump removed from the plantar fascia.

It's been 5 1/2 weeks now and I'm still in pain and not walking properly. It appears I have nerve damage now from the ball of the foot up to the tip of my toes and it burns and pains every night all night and if I had been warned of what could have happened I never would have had it done.

I am going back to the hospital tomorrow to find out what can be done. I could not possibly go through this pain for the rest of my life.

The operation was the sorriest thing I have ever done in my life.



Joshua Answers:

Hello Lynne.

Sorry to hear about that....

1. I'm curious, what did your doctor have to say about your post-surgery symptoms?

Let me guess...more rest, more pain killers/anti-inflammatories, maybe a test or two, potentially another surgery 'to clean things up'. A referral to PT?

2. I suggest that you look into Magnesium and B6 and B12.
Plus more protein.

3. That nerve pain is either because the surgeon nicked/severed a nerve, or your body is freaking out for a variety of reasons including shock
from getting injured and/or B6/B12 deficiency.

4. Tendonitis, whether it's Plantar Fasciitis or otherwise consists of many factors, and can sometimes include a growth of tendon which may or may not be scar tissue.

The lump isn't necessarily a problem, nor a source of pain. Surgery cuts out the lump, but doesn't deal with any of the other factors, and can in fact make them worse and/or create new ones. It sounds like you've experienced this.

Let me know what the doctor said, and we'll go from there.

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Sep 29, 2010
Sciatica pain and foot surgery for Plantar Fasciitis
by: Lynne Walters

Hi Joshua, As if I didnt have enough trouble with my foot but I was wondering if you know much about sciatica.
I have had sciatica for a few years now and the one good thing that came out of my foot operation was my sciatica seemed to go away for a month or so and I really dont know why but anyway it came back last night with vengence.
I was woken about 2am with the worse case of sciatica I have ever had and it kept me awake the rest of the night.
When I got out of bed and stretched and took a couple of Osteo panadol it sort of eased it only very slightly.
I am dreading going to bed tonight because its always worse when I am laying down.
Do you have any suggestions.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Lynne.

'7 steps to a Pain Free Back' by Dr. Robin McKenzie. I'd run out and get that. (The title is horrible, but do the quick simple exercises for a week and see what happens, and let me know what happens.

Sciatic pain can be simple or complex, it just all depends.

Could be walking poorly for X years contributed to a chain of dysfunction up the leg and back. Surgery changed the walking, pain went away, but compensation patterns are habitual and always return unless a new better pattern forms.

Start with the book, and we'll go from there.

Sep 22, 2010
Plantar Fascia surgery causing scar tissue build up pressin on my nerve.
by: Lynne Walters

Hi Joshua, yes after a number of visits back to the hospital they have finally told me its scar tissue leaning on a nerve and in the ultra sound you can see the nerve being compressed.
Its now been 11 weeks since the operation and they are telling me to take pain killers and massage the foot and go back early December and they will decide if they need to operate again to remove some scar tissue.

I really don't know if I will be game to have another operation.



Joshua Comments:

Hey Lynne.

Yeah, that's a tough call.

If scar tissue is growing and pushing on the nerve, it may be a good idea to remove it.

Personally, (when looking at my MRI and the ruptured disc pushing into my spinal cord) I get REALLY scared at the idea of sharp medical devices anywhere close to a nerve.

Here's what I think you should do:

1. An enzyme product like Wobenzyme to help eat up that scar tissue.

2. Magnesium. THere is a calcium build up component to scar tissue. Magnesium helps the body reabsorb calcium build up.

3. Manual therapy like self massage. Done right, you can target all that tissue and try to keep it open/soft/not pressing into the nerve.

That's kind of basic. You may want to get a Phone Consultation and I can talk you through it.

Depending on exactly what's happening in there (and the surrounding ecology of muscle/connective tissue etc) you have a good chance of getting pain free. No promises, but in my opinion its in the realm of 'your best options'.

Personally I'd do most anything to avoid the possibility of the surgeon accidentally knicking/cutting/severing the nerve.

And less 'bad' would be a successful surgery, where now, injured AGAIN, the body pushes even more scar tissue build up.

Cutting tissue = scar tissue build up. (Some bodies build more/bigger than others).

So, you have some options. Ultimately we want to get you out of pain and functional again. Doing NOTHING until December may not be the best option....

Aug 15, 2010
Plantar Fascia Surgery I should not have had
by: Lynne Walters

Hi Joshua

I went back to the hospital Friday and they are telling me to wait for 3 weeks to give the scar tissue more time to heal and if its still the same I am booked in for an ultra sound.

They suspect nerve damage has occurred or maybe scar tissue is leaning on a nerve and depending on what the ultra sound says they suggested a refferal to a nuerologist.

I am having the ultrasound at the end of August and till then I have to just wait. I will go and buy some magnesium and B6 & B12 like you have suggested.

Thank you for your suggestions and I will get back to you when I know more.

Regards Lynne


Joshua Comments:

"..nerve damage has occurred." Did they have a theory for how this 'occurred'? DId the surgery do it?

Scar tissue leaning on the nerve.....and if that's the case, what do they recommend for that?

Anyway, I'd definitely Ice Dip as much as possible for the next week.

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