Plantar Fasciitis Surgery


Plantar fasciitis surgery should only be an option as a last resort.  Plantar Fasciitis, a condition in which the person experiences acute pain in the underside of his foot, specifically the arch of the foot, does not usually require surgery.  One can manage the pain with the help of medicines; orthopedic shoe inserts, regular exercising, and maintaining your body weight; as obese people are more prone to injuries of the plantar fascia. The majority of patients suffering from Plantar Fasciitis recover within a reasonable period of time, usually within twelve months from the beginning of their treatment and exercises.

When the normal treatment does not work, doctors may prescribe treatments such as cortisone injections, which are basically a steroid hormone secreted by the adrenal cortex, or in some cases shock wave therapy. Most of the time these treatments are suffiecient and the patient is cured. But in rare cases surgery may be required. Surgery should be only considered by those patients who have suffered from plantar fasciitis for quite some time and all other treatment options have completely failed. Patients who have suffered from plantar fasciitis for 9 months to one year of treatment are the typical candidates for plantar fasciitis surgery. Before rushing in for a surgery the patient should be exercising regularly and should be made aware by the surgeon about the risks involved in the surgery as well as the ways in which the patient would benefit, if the surgery were to be successful.

The risk with this surgery is that a positive result is not always certain. During most leg or knee surgeries, the surgeons are pretty sure that the surgery is bound to be 90 to 95% successful. However this guarantee cannot be given in case of plantar fasciitis surgery. This surgery is very tricky and complicated to perform. Hence you need to be in the hands of a very experienced surgeon.

When the surgeon operates on your foot he has to be very careful, otherwise he would end up just worsening your condition and your pain. If he is not careful your foot may be permanently damaged and the pain would persist and in some cases get worse than before. In certain cases nerve damage could occur, and after the surgery is over the patients may lose the feeling of sensation in certain parts of the foot. Sometimes damage to the nerves could also lead to pain in areas that were previously pain free. It is possible that a patient may opt for a plantar fasciitis surgery when suffering from some other foot problem. In this case the patient may not find any relief whatsoever.

So in order to be sure that whether plantar fasciitis surgery is absolutely needed, you should always consult your podiatrist and an orthopedic surgeon first.  If  plantar fasciitis has affected you for more than a year and it is virtually impossible for you to move around, then it may be time to seriously consider plantar fasciitis surgery. Remember that the surgery is fully successful in only about 80% of cases. Do as much research as you can before making this very important decision.

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