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I had PF Release Surgery 4 weeks ago and I am completely pleased with the results.

 

For over a year I dealt with extreme pain from PF in my right foot. The pain would come and go. I tried physical therapy, icing, stretching, soaking in hot Epsom salt, cortisone injections, massage, ice soaking, custom insoles, night splints, wearing a boot and using a tennis ball; nothing would relieve the pain and it was only getting worse. After talking to my Podiatrist about different options available, I decided to go ahead and have the PF Release surgery. I was given a 6-month handicap decal for my car and told that I would need to be out of work for up to 6 weeks.

 

I was put to sleep for the surgery and woke up pain-free. Below is what I experienced from week to week.

 

Week 1- No pain! I was told to take painkillers every 4 hours. I laid in the bed with my foot elevated and iced. When getting up to use the restroom I used crutches and put very little pressure on my foot. I did not get out of bed to do anything except go to a follow up appointment, the restroom and taking a bath.

 

Week 2- Again, I laid in the bed only to get up to use the restroom and take showers, I still used the crutches to keep my full body weight off of my foot. I begun weaning myself off of the painkillers. The pain was starting to come. The pain was moderate, my foot was throbbing and I felt stretching when I got up to use the bathroom or take a shower, the pain was nothing like the same tearing and walking on glass pain that I felt before with PF. I continued to ice and elevate my foot. I did not get the incision wet; I would clean it with peroxide and put antibiotic ointment and a large waterproof band-aid on it.

 

Week 3- I started walking around on my foot with little pressure I would just slowly walk laps around my house. The pain was getting much worse, it would move around in different areas of my foot, some day’s the side of my foot would hurt, others it was below the heel and others it would be the incision area. After walking, I would elevate and ice it again.

 

Week 4- I had a follow-up appointment with my Podiatrist, he said the healing was looking great; he removed my stitches (only had 4).  I’m no longer using crutches. I wear running shoes and have very little pain. My Podiatrist said the pain I’m experiencing now is “Surgical Pain” and will completely go away within a couple weeks. He said I will be 80% healed in 2 to 3 more weeks and 100% healed in 3 to 6 months. I am walking around the house now doing chores, cooking and more. The pain I feel now is pressure, aches and throbbing and is completely tolerable. When I get up after resting I no longer feel that sharp, stabbing pain of walking on broken glass like I had before.

 

I am completely satisfied with the PF Release surgery and my progress. If I had to do it over again I definitely would! After the surgery, my Podiatrist who was also the surgeon told me that I really needed to have the PF Release surgery; he said my Fascia was so tight and had built up so much scaring from constantly being torn, that it would have never healed on it’s own.

 

I feel so sorry for those who have had negative experiences with PF Release Surgery.

My only suggestion for everyone is when the pain does go away; still continue to treat your foot like you are in pain. Don’t run around doing activities like you did before the surgery. You need to give your foot the time it needs to completely heal. Do everything your Dr. says and don’t rush it. Also, make sure you find a qualified Podiatrist who has good success with PF Release Surgery.

 

PS. I have attached photos of my incision at 3 days, 2 weeks and 4 weeks for anyone interested in seeing the progress with the incision.

 

Good Luck everyone!

 

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

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Has the doctor given you any anti-inflams?  They work well as long as your stomach can tolerate them.  I was able to take them for 13 or 14 months as needed.  During that time I was able to run and complete triathlons...made a huge difference.  Without them, it is very difficult.  The treatment that provided the best relief for me was getting an ultrasound treatment from Physical Therapy.  Basically they put a gel on the bottom of my feet and rub it in using the ultrasound.  It was like erasing the pain.  If I had a really bad flare up, it would hurt a little, but by the second or third treatment the pain was gone and would stay away---as long as my activity was low.  I did that 3x per week for six weeks this summer, trying to really get serious and give this a chance to heal....no luck.  I feel your pain on the $$.  It was $35 per vist x 3 times per week.   Plus all of the doctor visits and tests.  I've had two EMG tests as well.

I'm sorry taking time off work is an issue.....I'm actually really leaning towards having the surgery done in March.  But obviously will see what the docs say on Wednesday.

 

Thanks for writing back.

Bob Pitt said:

Kim,

I've had this blasted problem for over 3 years and had the following done ; ice, stretching, physicall therapy, shock wave therapy, massage, injections 4-5x, then Topaz procedure with blood platlet injections 2x
NOTHING has worked. I have ankle pain, side of foot pain, pain right wear tendom connects to heel bone in center of the foot, and lower back pain, like it's pinching a nerve. I'm so frustrated with what to do next. I have went to several docotors and spent serveral hundreds of dollars of my own on this with no improvement.

I have been told that the PF release surgery is long and hard to recover from, which I can't take the time off work and recover from that long. Good luck. Bob
Kim said:

Hi- I've been living with PF for far too long. My first podiatrist was ultra conservative and I believe, let this go on for too long. I have just had my second cortisone shot and can tell it's beginning to wear off. My new doctor is convinced I need surgery on both feet. I am glad to see this positive post.

I am curious to know if any of you have experienced any of these symptoms:

Typically I will have a couple of good days, usually after lots of rest, meds, stretching and ice. When I become active...grocery shopping, housework or standing place for a period of time....my feet start to ache. Initially it is heal pain, then it will move randomly around my feet. As the day progresses my ankles and lower legs hurt. Then my hips, low back and leg muscles ache. Then I start feeling drained from the pain. After a while I just can't be on my feet.

My new podiatrist wanted me to have my spine checked to rule out herniated disks. The back doc brushed it off, but agreed to an MRI. He also referred me to an foot and ankle specialist in his building for a third opinion.

Have any of you had PF this severe? I'd appreciate your comments.

Thanks

Did your arch fall any after surgery ? Does your toes flop when you walk now ? I heard these are the side effects after having this surgery. I've been dealing with this issue for over 3 years on my left foot. I've tried everything except this PF release surgery, as I can't take all that time off from work unless I get some help at home.

Thanks,

Bob

Thanks, but on my left foot I am way past the 8 week mark. I am at 11 months on my left foot and 2 mo post op on my right foot and still have the arch pain and ankle pain.  I started steroids yesterday 01-02-11 and today the pain is almost gone, but I've taken the steroids before and felt great until I started the tapering off when the pain came back.  I am hoping that it will not come back this time. 

Monique said:

Sally,

Yes, at 2 and 3 weeks the pain in the arches was the worst of the pain I felt. My ankles started to hurt during my 3rd week and both went away. Rarely now, I do feel pain in my arches and ankles. My Dr. told me at my 8-week visit today, that the pain in the arches is “Surgical Pain” and that everything is trying to strengthen up. He say’s that it will come and go but will completely go away. As for the ankles… he say’s they hurt from walking outward (on side of feet) trying to keep pressure off of the incision site. He said it would also go away! I’m glad your pain is gone, keep up the great work, your arches and ankles are well on the way too! Oh, keep using ice, it will help a lot.

Take Care!

Sally said:
I had Pf release in Feb 2010 on my Left foot and Oct 2010 on my right my Pf pain is gone now I have pain in the arches and ankles, I am curious did you experience this too?  thanks

Kim,

 

Yeah, sounds like your Dr. probably needs to figure out what’s going on with your back before your feet. Your body is not aligned which may be causing extra strain on your feet. The pain in your feet may be directly related to your back. I know the pain in my heel was bad, but the pain above my heel and in the arch area was far worse. Sounds like you’re dealing with many issues that may be impacting the pain in your feet. I know you’re in a lot of pain, continue to ice and stretch both feet for a little relief. I pray they find out the issue with your back pain quickly so you can begin to work on your feet!

 

Best Wishes!

Kim said:
Hi- I've been living with PF for far too long. My first podiatrist was ultra conservative and I believe, let this go on for too long. I have just had my second cortisone shot and can tell it's beginning to wear off. My new doctor is convinced I need surgery on both feet. I am glad to see this positive post.

I am curious to know if any of you have experienced any of these symptoms:

Typically I will have a couple of good days, usually after lots of rest, meds, stretching and ice. When I become active...grocery shopping, housework or standing place for a period of time....my feet start to ache. Initially it is heal pain, then it will move randomly around my feet. As the day progresses my ankles and lower legs hurt. Then my hips, low back and leg muscles ache. Then I start feeling drained from the pain. After a while I just can't be on my feet.

My new podiatrist wanted me to have my spine checked to rule out herniated disks. The back doc brushed it off, but agreed to an MRI. He also referred me to an foot and ankle specialist in his building for a third opinion.

Have any of you had PF this severe? I'd appreciate your comments.

Thanks

Bob,

 

No, my arch is actually better than it was before the surgery. I was wearing custom insoles and I no longer need them. I heard about falling arches too when reading some of the other reviews before I had the surgery, but my arch didn’t fall. I never heard of flopping toes, I can honestly tell you my toes don’t flop. I know exactly what you mean about taking the time off of work. My Dr. put me out on Medical Leave for 6 weeks and he wouldn’t release me to return back to work after my 6-week follow up. Finding someone to help care for you is also a must. I really hope it works out for you Bob.

Bob Pitt said:

Did your arch fall any after surgery ? Does your toes flop when you walk now ? I heard these are the side effects after having this surgery. I've been dealing with this issue for over 3 years on my left foot. I've tried everything except this PF release surgery, as I can't take all that time off from work unless I get some help at home.

Thanks,

Bob

Sally,

 

I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you!!

Sally said:
Thanks, but on my left foot I am way past the 8 week mark. I am at 11 months on my left foot and 2 mo post op on my right foot and still have the arch pain and ankle pain.  I started steroids yesterday 01-02-11 and today the pain is almost gone, but I've taken the steroids before and felt great until I started the tapering off when the pain came back.  I am hoping that it will not come back this time. 

Monique said:

Sally,

Yes, at 2 and 3 weeks the pain in the arches was the worst of the pain I felt. My ankles started to hurt during my 3rd week and both went away. Rarely now, I do feel pain in my arches and ankles. My Dr. told me at my 8-week visit today, that the pain in the arches is “Surgical Pain” and that everything is trying to strengthen up. He say’s that it will come and go but will completely go away. As for the ankles… he say’s they hurt from walking outward (on side of feet) trying to keep pressure off of the incision site. He said it would also go away! I’m glad your pain is gone, keep up the great work, your arches and ankles are well on the way too! Oh, keep using ice, it will help a lot.

Take Care!

Sally said:
I had Pf release in Feb 2010 on my Left foot and Oct 2010 on my right my Pf pain is gone now I have pain in the arches and ankles, I am curious did you experience this too?  thanks

I just stopped the anit flams. I was taking Naprelan for 60 days and stopped. I didn't want to keep taking them, It did feel better with them until the evening. I had that utrasound treatment you had to, didn't do a thing for me. Let me know what your docotor says about the surgery when you go.

Bob

Kim said:

Has the doctor given you any anti-inflams?  They work well as long as your stomach can tolerate them.  I was able to take them for 13 or 14 months as needed.  During that time I was able to run and complete triathlons...made a huge difference.  Without them, it is very difficult.  The treatment that provided the best relief for me was getting an ultrasound treatment from Physical Therapy.  Basically they put a gel on the bottom of my feet and rub it in using the ultrasound.  It was like erasing the pain.  If I had a really bad flare up, it would hurt a little, but by the second or third treatment the pain was gone and would stay away---as long as my activity was low.  I did that 3x per week for six weeks this summer, trying to really get serious and give this a chance to heal....no luck.  I feel your pain on the $$.  It was $35 per vist x 3 times per week.   Plus all of the doctor visits and tests.  I've had two EMG tests as well.

I'm sorry taking time off work is an issue.....I'm actually really leaning towards having the surgery done in March.  But obviously will see what the docs say on Wednesday.

 

Thanks for writing back.

Bob Pitt said:

Kim,

I've had this blasted problem for over 3 years and had the following done ; ice, stretching, physicall therapy, shock wave therapy, massage, injections 4-5x, then Topaz procedure with blood platlet injections 2x
NOTHING has worked. I have ankle pain, side of foot pain, pain right wear tendom connects to heel bone in center of the foot, and lower back pain, like it's pinching a nerve. I'm so frustrated with what to do next. I have went to several docotors and spent serveral hundreds of dollars of my own on this with no improvement.

I have been told that the PF release surgery is long and hard to recover from, which I can't take the time off work and recover from that long. Good luck. Bob
Kim said:

Hi- I've been living with PF for far too long. My first podiatrist was ultra conservative and I believe, let this go on for too long. I have just had my second cortisone shot and can tell it's beginning to wear off. My new doctor is convinced I need surgery on both feet. I am glad to see this positive post.

I am curious to know if any of you have experienced any of these symptoms:

Typically I will have a couple of good days, usually after lots of rest, meds, stretching and ice. When I become active...grocery shopping, housework or standing place for a period of time....my feet start to ache. Initially it is heal pain, then it will move randomly around my feet. As the day progresses my ankles and lower legs hurt. Then my hips, low back and leg muscles ache. Then I start feeling drained from the pain. After a while I just can't be on my feet.

My new podiatrist wanted me to have my spine checked to rule out herniated disks. The back doc brushed it off, but agreed to an MRI. He also referred me to an foot and ankle specialist in his building for a third opinion.

Have any of you had PF this severe? I'd appreciate your comments.

Thanks

Monique,

Can I ask you your age ? I'm 47 and just curoius If I would have same results as you if I go this route.

Thanks, Bob

Monique said:

Kim,

 

Yeah, sounds like your Dr. probably needs to figure out what’s going on with your back before your feet. Your body is not aligned which may be causing extra strain on your feet. The pain in your feet may be directly related to your back. I know the pain in my heel was bad, but the pain above my heel and in the arch area was far worse. Sounds like you’re dealing with many issues that may be impacting the pain in your feet. I know you’re in a lot of pain, continue to ice and stretch both feet for a little relief. I pray they find out the issue with your back pain quickly so you can begin to work on your feet!

 

Best Wishes!

Kim said:
Hi- I've been living with PF for far too long. My first podiatrist was ultra conservative and I believe, let this go on for too long. I have just had my second cortisone shot and can tell it's beginning to wear off. My new doctor is convinced I need surgery on both feet. I am glad to see this positive post.

I am curious to know if any of you have experienced any of these symptoms:

Typically I will have a couple of good days, usually after lots of rest, meds, stretching and ice. When I become active...grocery shopping, housework or standing place for a period of time....my feet start to ache. Initially it is heal pain, then it will move randomly around my feet. As the day progresses my ankles and lower legs hurt. Then my hips, low back and leg muscles ache. Then I start feeling drained from the pain. After a while I just can't be on my feet.

My new podiatrist wanted me to have my spine checked to rule out herniated disks. The back doc brushed it off, but agreed to an MRI. He also referred me to an foot and ankle specialist in his building for a third opinion.

Have any of you had PF this severe? I'd appreciate your comments.

Thanks
Hey Bob,

I wanted to check and see how your PF pain is. Mine is worse. The MRI showed that my back is fine. The pain running down my leg and hips is from PF. I tried a walking cast and PT 3x per week with elec stem and ultrasound. It settled the leg, hip muscle pain. I now only have pain in my heal. So felt hopeful. But the second I tried going without the walking cast or do any walking (ie. Grocery store) my leg, muscle, leg nerve pain is back. Most nights I'm done by 5 pm. So I am getting an MRI of my feet and doing surgery in April.

Kim,

Sorry to hear that. I just bought a Ultrasound masger myself and it feels good when I do the treatments. However without the Naprelan for imflamation I'm done also by 5:00pm. It truly sucks. I'm not sure about getting tha operation. Going to try this for a couple more weeks and see it happens.

Kim said:

Hey Bob,

I wanted to check and see how your PF pain is. Mine is worse. The MRI showed that my back is fine. The pain running down my leg and hips is from PF. I tried a walking cast and PT 3x per week with elec stem and ultrasound. It settled the leg, hip muscle pain. I now only have pain in my heal. So felt hopeful. But the second I tried going without the walking cast or do any walking (ie. Grocery store) my leg, muscle, leg nerve pain is back. Most nights I'm done by 5 pm. So I am getting an MRI of my feet and doing surgery in April.

I guess I finally broke down and wanted to get relief.....it is getting so bad that it's interferring with my life so much that I don't feel that I have a choice.

 

Yesterday when I was on this page, I was reading different posts.  I read where someone started walking barefoot and found relief.  My doc has told me over and over not to walk barefooted.  I've always experienced pain...just going to the shower, or while getting dressed so I never went barefooted.  Well, last night I decided to walk around barefooted....it hurt a bit a first then it loosened up.  I have been barefooted all morning and feel pretty good.  Go figure.

 

The person who wrote that about going barefooted mentioned that arch support and such is a new thing....the last 40 years or so.  I'm wondering if my latest RX inserts are too high for me, giving me too much support?  Knock on wood, I feel ok right now.

Hi everyone!

I've not had the pain as long as some of you but it has lasted since August 2010, so that's already 6 months too long!!

 

My pain developed quickly, maybe because I adopt a high energy lifestyle to combat the daytime routine of looking into web-sites for detail and communicating with my perceived opportunities in life. So a 6 km walk from 7 o'clock each morning and 1/2 hour ground work (floor exercises in the park - a la natural) helps me combat the working day.

 

After months of zero cure contribution from UK health practitioners I entered a phase of non-invasive surgery during a visit to Russia, namely, 10 days of low level laser followed by ultra-sound then magneto-therapy. It has made a huge difference but needs to be repeated after a month or two to ensure complete recovery. Our UK physio people rubbish it, not evidenced procedure, won't deliver similar treatment, yet I'm on my feet again and exercising again each morning!! I still get needle type pains and suffer arch tiredness when standing at those inevitable receptions, but relatively rarely, so I'm looking forward to doing a second session in Russia this spring to 'complete' the cure. If it works, I'll put the treatment details on this site.

 

Meantime, good luck with the PF release surgery, hope you find full recovery soon.

 

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