I'm new to this forum, and have spent a good deal of time reading various posts, but ended up mentally swimming with all the information. So, I thought I should just go ahead and make my own post.
I have been suffering from PF for over a year only on my left foot; although didn't go to the pod and get diagnosed until about 6 months ago. Since then, I've gotten new insoles from the doc (not custom, insurance won't cover), lost sleep because of the night splint, received 3 cortisone injections, been to PT, ice & stretches when I'm not at PT, taken sleeping pills, anti-inflammatory med and Celebrex, and I'm sure there's other stuff I've forgotten about. X-Ray revealed a small heel spur, but the MRI revealed a fascial tear.
On my last visit (almost a month ago), he gave me what he said was my "final cortisone injection," that hurt WAY more than the other injections I had received and didn't really relieve the pain for as long as previous injections had. He said that we may need to discuss other options.
One option is they draw my blood, spin it down, and inject the platelets into the heel. Has anyone heard of this? Anyone know the success rate? Risk factors?
Of course, the final option is surgery, which scares me considering what I've read on other sites, as well as this one. I haven't talked to the doc about surgery (that's our discussion the week after next), and whether the tear is sutured or it's cut to release the tension (making one foot bigger than the other?). From what I've read here, there are different types of surgery...is one better than the other?
I know I've rambled about a lot of stuff here, but like I prefaced this post...my head is swimming. Any feedback, any suggestions, any ideas would be very welcome. My foot no longer hurts just when I stand in the AM or after sitting. It throbs all day, radiates, sends shooting pains through my foot while sitting, and is beginning to affect my right hip because I'm leaning to take weight off my left foot. UGH! I'm only 38 but feel like an old lady when I'm hobbling around and talking about all the things on my body that hurt!!