Plantar Fasciitis Surgery
Surgery to correct Plantar Fasciitis is seen as a last-resort option when all more conservative treatment modalities have failed and is generally warranted in only about 5% of cases. Also known as ‘Plantar Fascia Release Surgery’, the procedure involves making incisions in the plantar fascia ligament or detaching the ligament from the heel bone to relieve tension, either via open or endoscopic surgery.
If heel spurs are present, these will typically be removed during surgery as well. In some cases, the surgeon may remove damaged tissue or a portion of the heel bone to further reduce tension and promote healing. Plantar Fascia surgery may also include release of the thickest area of the abductor hallucis muscle to ensure that the procedure doesn’t result in trapped nerves.
Types of Plantar Fasciitis Heel Surgeries
If your orthopedic surgeon has recommended open surgery, he will be cutting a small area of the bottom of the foot open in order to operate. Recovery from this method will involve wearing a cast or brace for two to three weeks.
If, instead, an endoscopic procedure has been prescribed, the surgeon will be inserting his instruments through tiny incisions on either side of the heel. With this method, you can wear shoes again as soon as you feel comfortable doing so.
Plantar Fasciitis Surgery Recovery
Total recovery time for plantar fasciitis operations tends to be three to six weeks, but patients will need to wait as long as three months before participating in high-impact activities such as jogging. During the recovery process, you will be engaging in foot strengthening stretches to promote healing.
75% of Plantar Fasciitis sufferers experience relief from heel pain following surgery and 25% do not. Because Plantar Fascia Surgery is an invasive procedure and requires a considerable recovery period, it should always be viewed as appropriate only in extreme cases which haven’t been resolved via non-invasive methods.
Other Plantar Fasciitis Remedies to Try Before Heel Surgery
No one wants to undergo an operation, and podiatrists state that 95% percent of Plantar Fasciitis cases can be resolved with a very simple, non-invasive strategy. Before you consider plantar fascia release surgery, be sure you have first made every effort to utilize other options, including the following:
- Commit to resting your feet twice a day for twenty minutes. Because of today’s busy schedules, many people find this a challenge, but if avoiding surgery is your goal, make a plan for giving your feet total rest two times a day. You might schedule this during your lunch break and during your free time after dinner. While resting your feet, apply an ice pack to reduce inflammation.
- Commit to performing daily plantar fascia and heel stretching exercises. Some people enjoy exercises and others don’t, but nearly everyone wants to be free of pain without having to resort to surgery. Make use of Heel That Pain’s excellent collection of free plantar fasciitis exercise videos. These simple stretches are designed to reduce morning heel pain and daily heel pain and to promote eventual recovery.
- Commit to wearing a specialized orthotic shoe insert, in all of your shoes, every day. Clinically-tested HTP Heel Seats are proven to resolve the heel pain caused by Plantar Fasciitis in more than 9 out of 10 cases. Featuring patented Fascia-Bar technology not found in any other product on the market, HTP Heel Seats gently re-align the compromised plantar fascia ligament, cushion the heel and deliver therapeutic acupressure to the heel bone, stimulating your body’s natural ability to heal itself.
- The above three techniques, implemented faithfully, resolve Plantar Fasciitis in the majority of cases, but if your case requires additional treatment, ask your physician about the risks and benefits of pain medications and cortisone injections as short-term aides.
While most Heel That Pain customers report significant heel pain relief in a week or less after using our orthotics, be prepared to commit to the above non-invasive treatment options for up to one year to achieve complete resolution of your condition. Plantar Fasciitis commonly develops over time as a result of a combination of stresses to the body and it takes time to heal. By making a serious commitment to do all you can to help your body heal naturally, you will be taking the best possible actions to regain your health without having to undergo surgery.