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Hello everyone,
I am hoping for some advice please.
I've had PF for over two years now in my right foot. I got it through running. Over the last two years I have tried everything to cure/ease the pain, smiliar to everyone else. I am now at the point where my consultant surgeon has agreed to release the plantar. This is what I've wanted all along but had to exhaust all other options before invasive surgery, I guess because of potential complications. I have a few questions which I'm hoping someone might be able to help me with please...
- what did you do to prepare yourself for the op? What are the best sites to read up on it? What practical things did you wish you had done but didn't realise it would've helped at the time?
- any tips for after the op? Again perhaps things you may not have thought of yourself until you were in that situation?
- this is just a little aside but I also have pain in my left foot now. My surgeon has applied pressure to the right points and said its not PF just stress. Has this happened to others? I'm completely paranoid that I'm going to get it in my left foot too.
I'm 46 and sometimes when I get out of bed in the morning (straight into my fit flops of course :-)) I feel like an old women. I really need to have to operation and I think the risks will outweigh the benefits.
Thank you for taking the time to read my post, any help would be really appreciated. Unless you've been there yourself, which none of my friends and family have, it's difficult for them to understand.
Thank you

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Also BTW since it was mentioned, this page cites a study that showed low level laser treatments to be ineffective for PF.  All due respect to Joan, I'm glad you found it helpful.  I just don't think it is for me.

Honestly, Low Laser Therapy works for all types of inflammation. It's the shockwave therapy that you're referring to. That's definitely not the same.  My second doctor wanted to do the shockwave on me and told me he couldn't guarantee it.  I wish I found the Low Laser prior to my surgery.  I know I would have avoided the surgery.  Now it's a necessity to calm the inflammation all over my foot. My post surgery MRI shows inflammation in other areas of my foot now due to damage from the surgery.  It's the only treatment that calms my inflammation and reduces the pain which is not even PF pain anymore. I'd give anything to have the PF pain back.  

Gary Hethcoat said:

Also BTW since it was mentioned, this page cites a study that showed low level laser treatments to be ineffective for PF.  All due respect to Joan, I'm glad you found it helpful.  I just don't think it is for me.

I've updated my blog with my thoughts as I prepare for surgery.  I will update it after surgery and during the recovery period.  I wish all the best to those of you suffering with this condition!

I'm really glad it worked for you Joan.  I've seen other anecdotal comments where people say it worked for them.  Unfortunately until the science is there to back it up, people like me will remain skeptical.  Unbiased information is really hard to find, since so many people are selling remedies, many of which are not effective.

JoanB said:

Honestly, Low Laser Therapy works for all types of inflammation. It's the shockwave therapy that you're referring to. That's definitely not the same.  My second doctor wanted to do the shockwave on me and told me he couldn't guarantee it.  I wish I found the Low Laser prior to my surgery.  I know I would have avoided the surgery.  Now it's a necessity to calm the inflammation all over my foot. My post surgery MRI shows inflammation in other areas of my foot now due to damage from the surgery.  It's the only treatment that calms my inflammation and reduces the pain which is not even PF pain anymore. I'd give anything to have the PF pain back.  

Gary Hethcoat said:

Also BTW since it was mentioned, this page cites a study that showed low level laser treatments to be ineffective for PF.  All due respect to Joan, I'm glad you found it helpful.  I just don't think it is for me.

I opted for the laser after hearing that it worked for another friend with similar foot problems.  She's a PT assistant as well and uses it on patients for all sorts of injuries and conditions - all have said that they get relief from it.  That was convincing enough for me. I wish I had found it prior to my surgery. I would have gone to her, but she lives 3 hours away from me. So, after some research and time, I finally found out that my old chiro does the treatments.  

Good Luck with your surgery. 


Gary Hethcoat said:

I'm really glad it worked for you Joan.  I've seen other anecdotal comments where people say it worked for them.  Unfortunately until the science is there to back it up, people like me will remain skeptical.  Unbiased information is really hard to find, since so many people are selling remedies, many of which are not effective.

JoanB said:

Honestly, Low Laser Therapy works for all types of inflammation. It's the shockwave therapy that you're referring to. That's definitely not the same.  My second doctor wanted to do the shockwave on me and told me he couldn't guarantee it.  I wish I found the Low Laser prior to my surgery.  I know I would have avoided the surgery.  Now it's a necessity to calm the inflammation all over my foot. My post surgery MRI shows inflammation in other areas of my foot now due to damage from the surgery.  It's the only treatment that calms my inflammation and reduces the pain which is not even PF pain anymore. I'd give anything to have the PF pain back.  

Gary Hethcoat said:

Also BTW since it was mentioned, this page cites a study that showed low level laser treatments to be ineffective for PF.  All due respect to Joan, I'm glad you found it helpful.  I just don't think it is for me.

Just read your blog, it's great. Iit's scary how similar our experience has been! I too had a good chunk of my PF removed, maybe 2/3 or more. My surgeon said to me after the op 'I've removed the diseased tissue, any pain you feel now is different pain, and that will go' and it did. It was great for him to say that as I think mentally I felt any pain that I did have initially was still related to the PF but of course it couldn't be. Really good luck with the op, keep us updated.

Just got back from having the "procedure" done.  They corrected me, it is not surgery :-)  What I had should really just be called a Plantar Fascia Release Procedure.  I posted an update on my blog with the details.  Very pleasantly surprised so far.

https://chronicpf.wordpress.com/

Hi Gary, how are you getting in after the procedure?

Thanks for asking Ely.  There is more detail in my blog, but in general, fine so far.  I returned to work the day after the procedure and I've been hobbling around in the surgical shoe (not really a boot since there is no upper) on a limited basis.  It's feeling a little bit better every day.  The only hard part is bathing without getting my foot wet :-)

Hi Ely, it would be great to hear more about your procedure and recovery.  Did your doctor use an endoscope?  How long after the procedure were you able to walk in a regular shoe without pain?

Five days post-op and I walked 5 miles all over Mendocino, CA with my family.  I'm finally starting to feel like this thing is finally over for me.  It's a great feeling!  More on my blog.

Gary

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