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My podiatrist recommended yesterday for me to have the surgery, cutting the tendon, cos I have had the pain for about 6 months, and have wore the inserts for almost 3 months. I only have pain in the left foot, so it would only be my left one to have the surgery in. I am scared as I don't know how successful this surgery is. Can anyone advise me? Thanks for your help.

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I have had PF in both feet for about 7 yrs. I am surprised the dr. suggested the surgery already. Have you had any cortisone injections?? The first time I had the shots I had relief for about 8 mos, it was great. The last time I had them the relief was for like 10 days. I have had so many I cant take any, anymore. But they are the only thing that helped me. I took them over the yrs.
I have also taken many different anti-inflamatories such as Mobic, Arthrotec, Predisone & many more. None worked for me. I have night splints, custom orthotics- nothing worked.
I had that Topaz Coblation procedure done over a yr ago and that didnt help either. It is very depressing. My Podiatrist said I might try some ultrasond procedure, but she said it may or may not help. The surgery, cutting the tendon is not a sure thing either. I am leary to try it as the Topaz thing made my foot worse instead of better. I do recommend the coritsone/novicane shots. They helped me so much. As you have only had PF for 6 months- I would not have surgery yet. Other people I have talked to have had PF and it has gone away after a few months. Sorry I dont have much positive to help you. I would love to have some advise myself. Good Luck
I had endoscopic release surgery 10 months ago. It has changed my life!! The surgery was a breeze, virtually no pain. It did take almost a full six months before I was pain free. Now when I say pain free I mean that if I am on my feet ALL day, by the end of the day my foot is tired. I try to wear tennis shoes - GOOD ones as much as possible. BUT................I am back to walking four miles a day!!!!! I feel so bad for all of you that has suffered for so long. I went through it for only 18 months before having the surgery, and yes I tried all the conventional things first, but no luck!! I was also told the success rate was about 80% and trust me those were pretty good odds after the pain I was in. I am sure there are good surgeries and bad, but I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Just thought you all could use a success story!
I am 6 weeks post o[p from having the sugery and i'm not sure yet how it will work. Was it painful...just for the first 5 days. Most of the pain now is walking on the surgical foot. the incision goes down the side of the ankle around the bottom of your foot. so walking on the swollen incision is painful. I've had numerous injections, 2 other surgery' s to remove cyst from the bone in both ankles and then I had that horribel shock wave therapy treatment that I would have much rather given birth to a moose then go through that again. Needless to say it didn't work. I'm a nurse so always on my feet and got a horrible case of PF and the only thing to do was the big release and release the nerves. So if anyone else has had that done...when can i expect relief. Very painful still. my doctor swears the other patients he did a few months ago are doing great...
HI Pamela, It was suggested that I have the shockwave treatment, but was told I would be put to sleep to have it done. Weren't you ??Or was you horrible pain after the procedure?? I am not going to do it though as the Topaz thing has only created additional pain for me.
The Topaz is not what you were referring to is it? I believe that is considered freezing by injections (little holes- in a line.Hope you are well soon. Best of Luck

Pamela Johnson said:
I am 6 weeks post o[p from having the sugery and i'm not sure yet how it will work. Was it painful...just for the first 5 days. Most of the pain now is walking on the surgical foot. the incision goes down the side of the ankle around the bottom of your foot. so walking on the swollen incision is painful. I've had numerous injections, 2 other surgery' s to remove cyst from the bone in both ankles and then I had that horribel shock wave therapy treatment that I would have much rather given birth to a moose then go through that again. Needless to say it didn't work. I'm a nurse so always on my feet and got a horrible case of PF and the only thing to do was the big release and release the nerves. So if anyone else has had that done...when can i expect relief. Very painful still. my doctor swears the other patients he did a few months ago are doing great...
No I was not put to sleep. He did a nerve block which was horrible. It was the most painful thing I have ever been through so it wasn't the shockwave that was painful, that was a breeze, it was the nerve block. My insurance didn't cover the anethesia so I had to suck it up. The actual recovery from the shockwave therapy was no problem. I didn't have the swelling or the bruising like they say you can get. I just was in the % that it didn't work on and after he opened me up he could tell why. So if you can go to sleep and have it done....do it. Might as well give it a try.
I just had it done 6 weeks ago so don't know the outcome yet. It is a very painful recovery process so make sure you have plenty of time off. 6 weeks wasn't enough for me. I wish I could have been off more because the swelling and incision pain on the bottom of the foot is so bad. I've had PF for over 2 yrs and had all sorts of injections, shockwave treatment, and now the surgery....so i'll have to see what happens next. The other foot is just as bad and I have torn a ligament also but can't get it fixed till I can walk well on both feet....good luck. I'd look at other options before being cut if you have only had the pain for 6 months...do lots of physical therapy and wear your inserts....
Well...I just had the surgery but instead of cutting the tendon the Dr. removed a chunck (her words) of it....ot's been 3 weeks, time will tell...lol..although it doesn't hurt but I am not standing on it yet....
Hi Judy
I had the surgery 3 weeks ago. It's like night and day. I had to use crutches for 4 days after the surgery until I could put some weight on my foot and it took me about a week to feel stable walking. I work in a restaurant and I've been back to work for a week. My foot aches at the end my shift but nothing like before. I spent 2 months off work trying to let it heal. I had 3 shots that didn't do a thing for me and even had 6 weeks of physical therapy. I only wish I would have had the surgery sooner. I hope it all works out well for you.

Donna
Judy, a long time ago I was hiking the Appalachian Trail in Vermont. Everytime I came to a stream I would cross by jumping over rocks. Then when I came to a stream and began jumping over rocks suddenly it felt like I stepted on a nail. The pain was bad and I had to limp and struggle to reach a road. I went to the doctor and yes he told me I had plantar. That was years ago I still have it. I hope you don't have to have an operation, but that your plantar gets better.
john
Since I am new to this forum hopefully you will get this posting prior to your surgery. Has your doctor informed you of the non-evasive foot surgery? It's called Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) for Chronic Plantar Fasciitis. Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) is used an a non-invasive alternative to surgery for patients with chronic plantar fasciitis who have not responded to conservative therapy such as use of orthotics, physical therapy, night splints, heel cups and treatment with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). I had the surgery in December 09 and am currently in the recovery phase. It will be about 4 more month's before I am able to tell if the surgery had any impact to the reduction of pain. I too have pain in my left foot and I had it just over a year. Hopefully the information given helps.
Judy, Twenty years ago I was hiking the Appalachian Trail in Vermont. Every creek I came to I crossed the creek by jumping over rocks. Then one day while I was crossing a creek it felt like my left heal stepped on a nail. That was twenty years ago.. I had tried P.T. podiatrist, surgeaons, nothing helped. On day someone gave me a sheet of paper, three exercises on it. 1. put a towel on the floor and try to grap it with your toes. I am up to five minutes. 2. Take the bad foot and rub the bottom of the foot on your calf, 3 then do stretches, hands on wall and stretch the bad foot. Then I take a towel, a good sizw bath towel and with it rub the foot. Just whith the three exercises my planta foot feels better.
Surgery, go very slow in making a decision. It takes a long time to heal. And seek the advice of more than one doctor.
John g parisi said:
Judy, Twenty years ago I was hiking the Appalachian Trail in Vermont. Every creek I came to I crossed the creek by jumping over rocks. Then one day while I was crossing a creek it felt like my left heal stepped on a nail. That was twenty years ago.. I had tried P.T. podiatrist, surgeaons, nothing helped. On day someone gave me a sheet of paper, three exercises on it. 1. put a towel on the floor and try to grap it with your toes. I am up to five minutes. 2. Take the bad foot and rub the bottom of the foot on your calf, 3 then do stretches, hands on wall and stretch the bad foot. Then I take a towel, a good sizw bath towel and with it rub the foot. Just whith the three exercises my planta foot feels better.
Surgery, go very slow in making a decision. It takes a long time to heal. And seek the advice of more than one doctor.

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