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I'm looking for opinions from other PF sufferers. Any time I mention the possibility of surgery, any of my friends that have had PF say, "Don't do that. It'll go away. I had that and it went away after a few months. You just need good inserts in your shoes." I, however, have been dealing with PF for about a year and a half now. I stretch it, ice it, have inserts in my shoes (the good ones, not the flimsy Dr Scholl's ones), have had several cortisone shots (the first one helped for a while; the next 4 haven't done anything), have done physical therapy, and am now using a TENS unit. Nothing seems to help.
The doctor wants me to have some testing done to make sure it's not nerve damage or anything like that causing the pain, but if it's not, she brought up surgery as an eventual option. The pain isn't debilitating but it's constant. I have a job where I'm on my feet constantly and I'm tired of being in pain all day every day. I know there are people who are in way more pain than me, but again... I'm sick of it. I would love to hear from people who have been in my position. If you were me, would you consider surgery if nothing else starts to help soon?
I am a runner that was also dealing with this for about 1.5 years and like you i tried a number of things so i can empathize with you. What worked for me was eswt therapy(google it). I had about 6 sessions and at first i thought that i was again wasting my money and time and adding to my frustration. If you've done any research on this malady you would have discovered that long term pf is not an inflammation issue because biopsies of long term sufferers that went through surgery revealed necrotic tissue. ESWT stimulates blood flow to help the area regenerate. I no longer wear orthotics but instead i insert a pair of "heal that pain" full length inserts and i am running again at 30 miles per week. Good Luck and keep the faith.
For me, surgery is always the last option. As you have already done almost all possible approaches to treatment of your PF, I'm thinking a next approach would be (if it is possible) to find some form of change in lifestyle, like compensation perhaps to your too much standing at work, like shifting weight from one leg to the other every so often?
By the way, do you still feel the pain even on your days off or vacations? Or when you're just resting at home, lying down in bed? Because if rest seems to relieve it a bit and help with the healing, therefore, we have to change something about your everyday activities that cause the pain. We have to hit the source after all, aren't we?
Next, what your doctor suggested was valid. Try to rule-out other possible causes of the symptoms. Maybe we're not hitting the right source after all, that's why the pain is recurrent or doesn't go away.
For me, no need for surgery yet until we definitely confirm that the source of the pain really is a surgical case.
I have herd of stories when people get surgery, and the pain has come back after a few months. I have had PF for a really long time and i refused surgery at all cost. I worked as an industrial worker during my PF years and it was hard for me as well. I was really considering quitting my job. I followed this E-Book on Plantar Fasciitisand it helped me a great deal. However,I tried many different products before i found the e-book. Night splint ultra sound therapy,night splints , taping i even brought the little balls and stretch bands and anything else i could find on Amazon. I feel your pain, I feel as if i was the hardest worker at my job because, I'm working harder than them, and i have to do it through pain. I hope i was able to help you, I wish i had someone help to point me in the right direction back then.