Still in pain after Plantar Fasciitis Surgery............

by Dia
(Natchez, MS, USA)

I had been experiencing foot problems for years and was diagnosed with plantar fascitis. I had surgery in September 2009 which gave no relief at all, I also went to physical therapy for 10 weeks after the first surgery. After an MRI I was told that it had grown back and that keloid scar tissue had also formed and that a repeat surgery was necessary.

In March 2010 I had a repeat surgery and radiology treatments for the scar tissue not to form again.

Well it is the middle of June 2010 and am in more pain that ever. The Dr. said he does not know what to do and is sending me to another Dr. to see if he can do anything.

I am still in severe pain, I am starting to suffer from depression, I am (was)an active person but now I find everything I do I base on how bad my feet are going to hurt, some days I can't even walk without a cane.

If I had to do this all over I would never have had this surgery and just put up with the pain I had.


Joshua Answers:

Hi Dia.


As you have discovered, Plantar Fasciitis and Tendonitis can be debilitating, and surgery isn't necessarily the answer.

See: What Is Tendonitis?

Do this: Read the Process of Inflammation page, and then Ice Dip as described on the How To Reduce Inflammation page.

Do that for 10 days, maybe increasing the number of dips (the more the merrier), and let me know what happens.

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.

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Apr 15, 2019
Bad experience with plantar surgery
by: Mari

I developed plantar fasciits in 2009. I tried everything the doctor suggested. Inserts, cortisone shots. In 2012, I had release surgery. I was still in terrible pain. As time passed I was told that a procedure called tenex was an option to remove scar tissue. I had that done in 2014. My foot is now deformed. I have basically no arch support in my left foot and it "clubs" inward.

I have nerve pain in my toes and the lack of an arch has caused my knee to slip. I found out a few months ago I have osteoporosis and have broken both ankles. Today I began having devastating pain on the top of my foot causing a cramp so bad I can barely walk.

If anyone has any suggestions I would appreciate it. Done with surgery. But can your foots arch be rebuilt?


Joshua Comments:

Give us an update on how things are now and we'll go from there.

Sep 09, 2018
Nightmare 8 months after plantar fasciitis surgery
by: Charmaine

Well it’s been almost 8 months and I’m not better my foot tingles when I’m in the shower I can’t stand on it for long periods of time .

So I haven’t been able to work no work no income .. The doctor never went over when he was going to do and if he did I wouldn’t have done . He cut down the back of my heel and Cut my Achilles tendon and shave the bone.

It’s been a horrible nightmare for eight months I had no insurance so I paid for it myself and I wish I would never of done it I’m just about ready to sue him because I don’t know that I will ever be able to work again anyone wanting to do this don’t that’s all I can say.

Sep 04, 2018
Post surgery continued pain
by: Chris

I had failed all pre-surgery plantar faciitis treatments, PT, cortisone injections, oral steroids, home exercises, foot brace and then walking boot as well as attempt to rest foot as much as I can.

Unfortunately, I also had bilat partial ligament tears as well as medial nerve entrapment and two bone spurs.

Had release surgery and bone spurs shaved off on 5/1/18, had infection develop w/I 1st week, put on antibiotics, continued inflammation kept me off work an additional week.

Today is 6/12/18 and I still have nerve pain bilaterally, more so on the lateral side (non affected side)and heal pain. Dr. says now my foot is pronating due to inside swelling and swelling.

Frustrated as still in walking boot even though I used a knee scooter for 3 wks post surgery.



Joshua Comments:

Jesus, you had ligament tears and bone spurs and nerve entrapment and the doctors just have you corticosteroids and home exercises and rest???

That's crazy.

You presumably had a very invasive/traumatic surgery. Two bone spurs removed, two ligaments repaired, presumably something cut to 'free' up the nerve entrappment.

You should expect to be hurting for months, not just three weeks.

See Related:I Had Endoscopic Bi Lateral Plantar Fasciitis Surgery Nightmare

Aug 09, 2018
by: Corrie


I have tried cold /hot, I have inserts. Bought new shoes. Got the planters fasciitis ankle wrap. Tried the grabbing a towel and pulling. All the exercises they told me to do at home. No walking barefooted which I loved and miss so much. Hell cant even do that. Too painful. Always have something on my feet. The only thing I haven’t tried is soaking my feet in epson salt.

I am now back on my depression pills. I just come to realize I will be like this from now on and there’s nothing I can do. I also have no insurance now bc my job let me go at the collage. Bc my recovery was taking too long.

Yes I am so fed up w drs. They are so liberal in this town. One won’t see me until I pay off 300.00 I owe and I make payments monthly. And I always self pay. This balance is from the surgery.

Go figure. U have a blessed day.


Aug 06, 2018
Tarsal Tunnel
by: Corrie


I was told by two different MD’s this is what I have. I am sick of going to Drs so I guess I’ll just be in pain until I die.

I even tried for Disabilty bc it is so hard to walk or stand and hey I didn’t get it.

Too bad the dr that did the surgery sent me to another dr. She said nope can’t help. I’m not even sure I will go to another dr. My faith in them are no good😢😢.

Thank you for answering.

Have a blessed week



Joshua Comments:

Well, the problem with a surgery for tarsal tunnel is:

- the trauma of another surgery, trauma to the tarsal tunnel, possible nerve damage from surgery, etc

- All the factors that caused the plantar fascia pain still exist and are causing problems, and could be causing the 'tarsal tunnel' symptoms. Meaning, more surgery might not be helpful. It might, but it might not.

I can imagine that you're sick of going to doctors that haven't helped you (and have made things worse, it sounds like). It's terrible trusting professionals to help and finding out that, well, they didn't. And worse when they shrug their shoulders and tell you there's nothing they can do to fix what they made worse.

Obviously the PT and injections etc haven't help or fixed anything. What have you tried at home specificaly to lower pain levels andor to get your feet working better?

Aug 02, 2018
Reply to Joshua
by: Corrie Newland

No I had the surgery on my left foot only but I have seen two drs since and they have diagnosed me with tarsal tunnel syndrome and say I need yet another surgery. They say dr that did planters surgery took too much fascia.

Feet Symptoms:

Dr. Randa Vajdak and Dr Bobby Marek diagnosed me with Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome.

A) acute chronic pain
B) numbness
D) touch tap on scare sends sensation thru foot and back of leg.
E)Baxter’s nerve
F)chronic heel pain
G)walking makes it hurt worse can’t get up next day
H)standing more then 15 minutes have to sit down
I)throbbing of feet toes heels
J)muscle weakness

Already had PT before SHOTS AND AFTER.

Surgery then PT AGAIN.


I am in so much pain they are telling me another surgery is the only option or I will be where I can’t walk and in a wheelchair.

Talked to dr that did my planters fasciitis surgery and she said she can’t help me.

Don’t have insurance so surgery is not an option. So it is what it is. Grit teeth and go on until I can’t walk anymore.

Thank u for your reply.



Joshua Comments:

Hi Corrie.

It's true, the doctor that did your foot can't help you. The surgery to cut the fascia is the last tool in their very small tool box, and if you're hurting worse after that, you're just out of luck as far as they're concerned.

Why exactly to the new doctors think tarsal tunnel is the new culprit if the last doctor 'took too much'? (How do they know too much was taken?)

Jul 29, 2018
Planters Fascitis
by: Corrie

5 months later after planters fasciitis surgery I am still in so much pain. My dr released me and said I am fine. But this is my life. I get up in am slide my feet until I can actually bare the Pain. I walk dogs the more I am on feet the next day is hell and I’m n bed I can’t walk. I have done ice PT shoes everything I can’t live my life like this. Might as well not be here too much pain.

Suggestions that other drs haven’t said?


Joshua Comments:

Hi Corrie.

1. Doctors say you're fine because they're not willing to admit that their surgeries can cause serious lasting structural damage (and other damage).

2. They say you're fine, because after surgery, they have nothing left in their tool box to help you. That's the end of the line (not a very good line, but that's what they have to help you with).

3. Did they completely sever the plantar fascia in one or both feet?

4. Did you get both feet done at the same time? (I'm not sure if you mean both feet hurt or just one.)

5. What have you done for self care post-surgery?

Jun 12, 2018
Planter fasciitis
by: D Mccall

After my surgery a year ago I’m still suffering from foot pain.

I had a mri the surgery didn’t help I still have planter fasciitis in the other 2 band I had my middle one cut and I also gave a torn muscle and very bad bad inflammation so the pain is more servere.

If you live near a store called Good Feet go there first make that a first option. I have a friend suffered from pain from planter fasciitis she went to the good feet store she said she haven’t had any problems you gave to buy a series of shoes that’s a good option before surgery.

If I could do it over again surgery wouldn’t be an option.

Jun 02, 2018
Still have pain also
by: Anonymous

Its been 2 years since surgery. And i am still in a lot of pain, my foot feels unstable and my ankles swell up. The doctor says there isn't anything else he can do either. I am gaining weight and depressed also. I cant be on my feet for more than half hour my feet hurt soooo bad.

May 19, 2018
plantar fasciities surgery
by: D McCall

I had plantar release and the calf surgery to relieve pressure and if I can go back I wouldn't do it again my pain moved from the heel to the middle of my feet and it is worse than ever im going to try the prp injection I heard they work.

Sep 17, 2017
Very painful
by: Susannia

My foot starting hurting in Feb 2017 went and seen a doctor for it said I had plantar fasciitis gave me shots every 2 weeks with a inflammatory med.

Nothing seem to work so decided on June 16 to go ahead and do the surgery..when stitches were out a wound was closed 1 week later the other side of the same foot starting killing me and ankle was swelling not they say it's another tendon more shots and braces nothing working..never had problems with that side of the foot until the surgery..could it be cause from that surgery.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Susannia.

I'm pretty sure you know the answer to that question, but I'll share my opinion anyway.

Yes it could be and almost certainly is a result of the surgery (combined with what you already had going on).

Aug 17, 2017
Was it plantar fasciitis to start with?
by: Melanie

After a year of ineffective conservative treatment, (therapy, cortisone shots, expensive shoes, etc.), I couldn't stand the pain any longer and asked my doctor to move forward with the plantar fasciitis release surgery.

My pain got worse, and was no longer just in the heel but also middle of the foot.

My doctor said "Oh! You have tarsal tunnel syndrome!" More shots with no relief.

So here's my question - did the surgery cause the second condition, was I originally misdiagnosed, or are they unrelated?

I have been unable to work for a year now, walking with a cane, fighting with social security and I'm soooo tired of this pain.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Melanie.

I have no idea or way to tell if you were misdiagnosed, or if 'the surgery caused more foot problems' (although that would be entirely unsurprising for a variety of reasons).

But all the factors that caused your pain were ignored (and likely made worse) by the surgery, so the change in pain/pain location and ongoing pain/problem is unfortunate but unsurprising.

All the other treatments didn't work for a reason: they weren't targeting the right factors or locations.

Surgery in that scenario is a last ditch measure often made in desperation (desperate to get out of pain).

Probably you can still recover a large percentage...the real question at this point is how much actual damage did the surgery do.

Jun 22, 2017
Pain after Plantar Fasciitis Surgery
by: Heather

I too have continued pain after surgery in 12/16. I actually think my feet are worse now. From personal experience I wouldn't recommend this surgery to anyone.

If I sit for a period of more then 20 minutes it's like starting all over again with the pain. I have to walk very slowly where it seems as if the nerves play a game to get used to me walking again, which is very painful.

A lot of scar tissue is obvious from looking at the incision.

Numerous visits back to the Dr. and her only solution to continue cortisone injections to mask the pain.

I have attempted physical therapy during the last few months and their solution was tape my feet everyday to correct me to walk correctly on my feet. I did follow after surgery protocol. I had both feet done at the same time so I was in a wheel chair the first week.

I am highly active person & often work 16 hour shifts.

If anyone else has anything they did to help please let me know.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Heather.

1. "I actually think my feet are worse now."

They almost certainly are worse now, as the surgeon severed (partially or completely) major structural supports in your feet.

And now you have MORE inflammation than you had before, MORE tightness of the muscles and connective tissue in the lower legs and feet, and MORE nutritional insufficiency (meaning, less available nutrition).

2. "Numerous visits back to the Dr....

I have attempted physical therapy...."

Yes...that sucks. And unfortunately is the norm.

3. My best recommendation for you is to get and start working with The Plantar Fasciitis Treatment That Works program.

You 'needed' surgery in the first place because your ecology of the lower leg and foot, your structures in the lower let and foot, were not functioning very well, resulting in pain etc.

Your doctors and surgeon ignored all that and for some reason thought that severing major structural supports in your weight bearing structures was a good idea.

Your best bet now is to restore function to the mechanical structures of your lower leg and feed (by loosening too tight muscle and connective tissue, dialing down the chronic inflammation process, and repleting the nutrition you're short on so the muscles and inflammation process can function better/properly.

Jun 19, 2017
2nd surgery request
by: Scott

Okay reference our conversation about pain in my foot after planer facilities surgery here is the name of the next surgery he wants to do. Gastrocnemius Recession. Can you lend me advise about this. Thank you.


Joshua comments:

I think it's a terrible idea.

Why exactly will it help? What exactly will it do that will help?

What is the actual problem he wants to do that surgery for that he thinks it's going to fix?

I think it's a terrible idea because your surgeon doesn't have answers for those questions. He's going to damage your structure and hope for the best, just like he did last time.

Jun 15, 2017
Planter fasciitis surgery
by: Scott

I had planter fasciitis surgery July 15, 2016 I went through the process of healing I'm staying off the foot but my pain is more in the middle of my foot now then in the heel where it was pre surgery.

I had about three months of physical therapy which helped but I still have pain from the start of my inside heel to up near the toes.

The doctor now wants to have a surgery cutting into the back of my calf to relieve pressure that will heal the pain with the middle of my foot. You heard of this? Thank you.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Scott.

Yes, I've heard of that (and all sorts of 'hey, let's cut into something else since what we cut the first time didn't make everything better and possibly made it worse').

How is cutting into the back of the calf going to relieve pressure on....on what exactly?

Mar 20, 2017
Ruined by Plantar Fasciitis Surgery
by: Rosie

I've been having a left foot problem since March 2015. When I started working at a job that required me to be on my feet on horrible concrete floors for more than 7 hrs at a time.

It was only in January 2016 that I was finally able to see a doctor for it. The doc never took x-rays but stated just by looking at it that it was Plantar Fasciitis.

Well I began treatment in Jan 2016: cortisone injections (which hurt like heck), shoe inserts, anti-inflammatories, physical therapy and on and on. Not of it helped. In July 2016 the podiatrist suggested surgery since I was not progressing with the current treatment.

I had surgery July 2016 and the doctor said recovery time could be anywhere from 4-8 weeks.

Here we are in March 2017 and the pain is worse.

The pain is excruciating. I cannot stand for more than half an hour to hour at a time without being in severe pain. The last time I saw him was October 2016 when he recommended a 2nd surgery because he said, "it could be some scar tissue or trapped nerve", I don't know about you guys but I am not letting him cut me again on the basis of "it could be's".

So here I am in March and it has not gotten any better. The pain as I stated is worse and I don't know what to do. I can't just stop working. I don't have that luxury. If anyone can give me some advice I would surely appreciate it.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Rosie.

1. What exactly did they do in the surgery?

2. If you can tell, is it 'nerve' pain or is it soft tissue pain?

3. "I am not letting him cut me again on the basis of "it could be's". "

I'm with you on that!

Mar 20, 2017
by: Dia Biglane

I have had two plantar fasciitis surgeries and one Baxter nerve release. The pain has not subsided since the surgeries.

I'm in constant pain (I'm a bartender) at work and home. I have done pain management which the doctors make me feel like I'm just trying to obtain drugs.

This has been going on for years now. The doctors say I should just go on disability, I am not disabled just in pain.

Think long and hard before having any surgeries done to your feet. I wish I had never done them, they do nothing but make your life more miserable than it was before.


Dia B

Feb 19, 2017
Plantar fasciitis or Baxter's neuropathy?
by: Fiona

Over the last 4 years I have had plantar fascia release surgery on both feet.

Both surgeries were successful, however the pain in my right heel has continued and often gets so painful that I can't put weight on my foot at all.

I also have severe Sacroiliac and lumbar joint disfunction and have had three cortisone shots in my low back.

Each time I get shots in my back, I have several weeks of total pain relief in my right heel.

Recently I had nerve ablation in my SI joint and L4,5 I have been heel pain free for a month.

Recently it was suggested that my foot pain was likely Baxters Neuropathy and not Plantar Fasciatis. So is it possible that the nerve ablation in my back fix the problem in my foot?


Joshua Comments:

Hi Fiona.

Well, what we know is that corticosteroid injections in your back results in a pain-free heel.

Nerve ablation is destruction of nerve tissue. That's not going to fix anything, though it may result in a reduction in heel pain if they are correct about the targeting.

The question I would want answered is 'Why exactly does a corticosteroid injection in my back get rid of all the pain in my heel?'

What exactly is changing/being changed such that the pain signal stops being produced?

Feb 17, 2017
Planar Fasciitis surgery/ don't have it
by: Denise

I had surgery in Sept 2016.

As far as the heel pain its gone but the scar is thick and it hurts feels like it tearing on the inside.

Can't walk on it for long periods of time sharp pain has started to come from the incision up my leg into my calf and thigh it hurts like heck.

Been back to dr with little or no help at all.

After surgery my foot was numb and stiff he said it would go away some has but now both my legs are hurting they don't know what to do and neither do I.

I'm looking at a dr in AZ to see if they can help.

Sep 12, 2016
Pain Months later after plantar fascia release
by: Scottie K.

I had a plantar fascia release in April and have experienced more pain the past 2 months than I did before surgery what could be the issue?

The doc wants me to return to work but due to the pain and having to stand and walk all night I can't.

Any in put on what my problem could be now?


Joshua Comments:

Hi Scottie.

The issue, unfortunately, is that surgery isn't a magic bullet, nor a guaranteed fix, nor without any possible downsides, despite what your doctor tells you.

You had a problem, made up of a set of factors, that was causing pain in your foot/feet.

Your doctor thought that cutting into your foot and severing a major structural support in your foot was a solution.

Now you still have all the factors in play only worse, and you have a major structural support in your foot destroyed, and your body has to adapt to that and hopefully recover from that.

Sorry if that was on the blunt side of blunt.

Just as blunt: You need to fix the factors that were in play before surgery (and still are only worse). And you need to help your body heal from and adapt to the altered foot structure/lack of integrity.

I suggest 'The Plantar Fasciitis Treatment That Works' program.

It's full of lots of things your doctor should have told you (about why you hurt, and about how to recover best from surgery) but didn't.

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

Apr 02, 2015
I had Plantar Fasciitis Surgery 3 weeks ago........Still in pain
by: Debbie

I had plantar fasciitis surgery on March 13th, which was almost 3 weeks ago. I had foot problems for about 2 1/2 years and finally went to the doctor.

I have had the shots, done the taping technique, icing, and whatever the doctors told me to try. My doctor finally decided to go ahead with the surgery, so we did.

I was asleep during the surgery, so of course, I had no pain. The pain was actually minimal when I got home as well. I was told to walk only using the black boot that I got, but to rest in bed for 1 week, which I did as best as I could.

I was relieved to see the pain was gone! I am now in the 3rd week of recovering. The doctor took out my stitches last week and said everything looked good. Well, this past Saturday, it started hurting again, out of nowhere. The pain is almost unbearable. Where in the hell is all this pain coming from?

I can honestly say that the pain is worse than what it was BEFORE I had he surgery. I don't understand at all why it's doing this. I don't feel like I have done anything wrong.....All I do know, is that at this point, I an only walk for about 15 minutes before the terrible pain kicks in.......

Debbie in North Carolina


Joshua Comments:

Hi Debbie.

It's probably doing that because you had surgery that severed very important structural supports in your foot.

And you were off your foot for a week, and now you've been increasingly on your feet, and thus putting more load/force on a mobile structure that is all of a sudden working differently.

So your body is responding.

What have you been doing for self care since the pain kicked in?

Dec 05, 2014
What to do about foot pain after plantar fasciitis surgery and bone spur removal?
by: Mary

My name is Mary and I had a plantar fasciitis release and a bone spur where they cut my tendon then cut the bone spur off this was done nearly a month ago on the 12th. My foot hurt so bad like it was yesterday.

I sometimes wish that I wouldn't had the surgery either because I can't hardly walk on it. The doctor gave me a boot I never could walk in them so I understand what you are going through.

I want to know will I ever heal, I'm hurting so right now I'm headed to the ER. the left foot that I had the surgery on it's black & blue and I have diabetes 2 so I'm a little worried.

I don't know what to do?


Joshua Comments:

Hi Mary.

How'd it go at the ER?

I'm sure they gave you painkillers, but what did they say about the black and blue and diabetes?

Apr 21, 2014
Pain is worse 10 days after plantar fasciitis surgery nightmare
by: Helen

I had Plantar Fasciitis surgery 10 days ago. The first few days I was fine and could even walk without assistance.

After day 4 the pain started slightly again. Day 5 becoming worst and making me so anxious. Now day 10 and I can barely walk and pain is horrible at heel bone, arch and inter heel.

The pain is worst than prior to surgery. I was at a level 8 of pain for weeks prior and I am now a very strong 10.

I can't get confortable and my foot feels like it is burning.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Helen.

Sorry to hear that. Surgery is's a wound, and depending on what they did in there, a bad wound.

The body was already happy and had a lot of inflammation going on.

You were already short of Magnesium, and magnesium is required for the body to literally deal with stress. Surgery and injury is a stressor.

See: Magnesium For Tendonitis

What did you do for self care post-plantar fasciitis surgery?

RELATED: Heel Pain Is Worse After Having Plantar Fasciitis Surgery

RELATED: Ice Dipping Plantar Fasciitis For 6 Days Still Some Shooting Pain In The Right Foot

Aug 10, 2012
Both Feet Collapsing Due To Surgeries
by: Terry in Southport

Both of my feet are collapsing due to heel spur surgery. The last ortho doctor told me there was nothing left to do other than some experimental, expensive treatments that insurance won't cover.

Now I wake up in the morning and reach for the pain medication. I rest a while longer while it begins to work so I can get on my feet to take a shower. I am in constant pain from my feet and now my back. It rules my life and decisions about my life.

I am 56 and I feel like I will soon be crippled from this. I was told the operations would stop my pain from heel spurs, but I wasn't told it would be a temporary fix and my feet could collapse and cripple me.

My ortho guy said the Podiatrists who operated on my feet should have never done what they did and they were not trained properly to treat these problems. Think long and hard before you have this surgery.

There's no going back and for me there's not much going forward!


Joshua Comments:

In the majority of cases, I do not believe that there's 'no going forward'. Having said that, depending on what structural damage the surgery did or didn't do...

1. Where were the bone spurs?

2. What exactly did the surgery do?

3. What have you been doing for self care other than pain killers, pre and post surgery?

Apr 24, 2012
Do not do plantar fasciitis surgery!!!!!!
by: Dia Biglane

After having sugery fot plantar fasciitis twice and surgery on my Baxter nerve, I am still in constant pain. I now visit the pain management Doctor for relief of this chronic pain.
Never let a doctor come near your feet wth any surgical instrument.
Now not only am I dealing with chronic foot pain but I am addicted to pain medication.
Doctors do not always no know what they are doing!

Apr 13, 2012
Still in pain after surgery
by: Shelle

I was having plantar pain in Oct & Dec. 2011. Received 2 injections of cortizone. I got the last injection 2 days before leaving on vacation. While on vacation the tendon tore from the injection. They did the surgery to release the tendion in Feb. 2012. Since the surgery, I have been in so much pain that I can't stand it.

I constantly feels like someone is hitting me with a cattle prod. Where they ran the probe thru the bottom of the foot, it feels like I am standing on a rope all the time. My foot and ankle swells so bad that I can't get my shoe on and have been in a boot since Dec.

Doctor is suggesting surgery on the nerve in my ankle, but don't know what to do. It is hard to function daily with the amount of pain I am in. Looking for answers.


Joshua Comments:

So the same surgeon that didn't fix the foot/feet with surgery the first time now wants to sever the nerve to the foot?

That sounds like a bad idea to me...

Cutting the pillars and cable supports of a bridge ALWAYS sounds like a bad idea to me. But it's what surgeons are trained to believe is the best idea in the world.

The fact of the matter is, your foot's been all jacked up. Surgery causes injury. Severing tendons drastically reduces the structural integrity of the foot, not to mention now there's a muscle that's not connected to anything anymore.

Plus a chronic acute Process of Inflammation, all the factors that caused the pain and problem in the first place, etc.

What are you doing for self care to try to make things better?

Apr 12, 2012
My Plantar Fasciitis is back 2 years after surgery
by: ysanchez

Hi I'm 46 yrs old and had foot pain many yrs ago for 2 yrs had cortisone shots to relieve pain at first they help the nothing thought I would go crazy with pain so my doctor schedules me for surgery no problem was told I would be back on my feet in 5 weeks but it lasted 2 yrs then finally was pain free now 12 yrs later its back.

I think I'm going to go crazy I'm in so much pain right now especially because I'm recovering from a lisfranc fracture from same foot well that's all for now .

May 10, 2011
Baxter Nerve Surgery /WORST
by: Dia Biglane

Well I had the surgery for decompression of the Baxter's nerve one year ago March. I also had radiation therapy for six weeks to stop the scar tissue from growing, the surgery made my right foot worse. The Doctors told me I am disabled and should try to collect disability payments.........I feel like I was thrown to the sharks. I am 50 and thses surgeries have changed my life forever, constant pain, pain management, can not do anything unless I think how it will effect my feet first. They say I had the best Doctor and it must just be my bodies reaction to these five surgeries. My advise DO NOT LET ANYONE TELL YOU SURGERY FOR YOUR FEET WILL MAKE IT BETTER. IT WILL NOT.

In pain for life,
Dia Biglane

May 01, 2011
Failed Plantar Fasciitis and 10 years later back problems
by: Kathleen

I had both feet done for Plantar Fasciitis ten years ago. It did not work for me at all. Is it possible too much was cut because 10 years later there is bone protruding from the inside of my left foot?

I am not able to walk long distances. I have also had considerable back pain and have been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease. Is it possible the way I walk because of all this has contributed to my back pain? It has gotten progressively worse.

Do the therapy first is my advice, and keep at it.

I am only in my 50's and I used to be a very active, but because of this surgery it has changed my life.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Kathleen.

Yes, both are possible.

1. Your foot is a complex structure designed to absorb load. When the plantar fascia is cut, it's basically like cutting some supports, or even pillars out from under a bridge.

You can imagine how the bridge might fall/collapse/reshape itself, i.e. the bone not being held in place.

2. If your feet can't absorb load, that load still has to transfer somewhere. To places like your knee and back. Thus back problems.

Aug 31, 2010
Third surgery for Plantar Fasciitis.....:)
by: Dia Biglane

Well I did the surgery to decompress the nerve on my left foot, no weight bearing for 4 weeks maybe 6. So far I really don't know the out come of this surgery. The last couple of days I have been putting a little pressure just to see how it feels, it does not feel like I was expecting.

I will keep you updated, as you are the one that seems to be the most honest concerning my situation.

Thank you.....


Joshua Comments:

Hi Dia.

Do keep me posted.

And if you aren't ice dipping as frequently as possible (10 seconds/dip), I highly suggest that you start.

Jul 26, 2010
What do you think?
by: Dia

Thank you for the information that you have provided it has been very helpful.

I have another question for you. As you know I have had 2 separate plantar fasiotomy surgeries, my surgeon now has sent me for a second opinion with another surgeon.

The second surgeon suggested I have another plantar fasiotomy and neurolysis of the Baxter's nerve. My family physician and my orthopedic Dr. say no to the plantar surgery but say the neurolysis of the Baxter's nerve might be the problem. What are the benefits of this surgery?

What is the success rate of this surgery?

Could this surgery screw me up for life, I am pretty much screwed already with all this pain.

I am scheduled for the Baxter's nerve surgery on August 5. I am scared to the point of total stress and panic attacks. I need some input.


Joshua Comments:

Well Dia, I'm the wrong guy to talk to for positive feedback about Plantar Fasciitis Surgery.

I'm heavily biased against it.

Here's a paragraph from myfootshop dot com.

"Surgical release of the nerve, called external neurolysis, is the preferred method of care. The procedure is completed in a surgery center or hospital setting. External neurolysis of Baxter's nerve may be performed with a local anesthetic and sedation or with a general anesthetic.

The goal of neurolysis is to identify the physical irritation or the nerve, release those strictures and allow the nerve to return to normal function. Recovery varies but typical neurolysis cases do require a period of non-weight bearing on crutches."

I can't even see what body part is in the picture, but imagine that they're cutting into your heel like that, and 'exploring' to try to find what is affecting the nerve.

Look how much damage they are causing. RIGHT NEXT TO A NERVE.

Personally, I wouldn't let anybody that close to a nerve unless my life depended on it. Because they're using very sharp objects. Sever or nick that nerve (which is thickly bound in connective tissue that they have to cut through to find/identify the nerve) and you're in a world of problem forever.

The first surgeries didn't work. I'm not a big fan of the thought process that leads to "Well, let's try another surgery then. We'll definitely get it this time!" *fingers crossed hopefully*

Your doctors are saying the nerve in the heel MIGHT be the problem. MAYBE isn't a good enough reason in my book to cut into the body, cause the formation of a lot more scar tissue around the nerve etc, and threaten the nerve with razor sharp objects.

What is the success rate of the surgery? I don't know. And, surgeons and I have different definitions of 'success'.

Could it screw you up for life? It could. The chances of that depends on the surgeon and other variables.

Have you ice dipped your feet?

The ice dip is low tech, but it lowers pain levels, period.

Let me know.

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