Plantar Fasciitis and Surgical Options

As part of our weekly blogs, we have covered a myriad of treatment options for those suffering from PF. These include shockwave therapies, along with cortisone injections and even trigger point massage. Today, we discuss surgical procedures as a last resort in permanently alleviating the pain and tension. Whether from plantar fasciitis or related foot ailments, surgery is an option for those experiencing excruciating pain and immobility. While your podiatrist or foot specialist will determine the verdict based on several factors, surgical options are discussed when traditional and conservative therapies have failed. While most sufferers know about surgical treatments, very little understand what the process entails.


Plantar Fasciitis in a Nutshell

As an industry leader in orthotic therapy, Footlogics is committed to bringing its clients and readers relevant and useful information regarding PF treatments. With a strong presence in Australia and Europe we are dedicated to helping people tackle and recover from foot related injuries and mishaps. As we all know, plantar fasciitis is a form of acute inflammation situated at the bottom of the foot. While injured areas may differ, the most common ones are found in the ligament-type tissue that stretches across the bottom of the foot. If not treated in a timely and professional manner, individuals can experience severe pain and immobility. Heel spurs are also synonymous with PF, along with limited ankle motion range and standing for extended periods of time.


Surgical Options

If you continue to experience heel pain or walking issues, chances are you may need surgery. In order to qualify, foot experts will first analyse and assess the depth of the issue. This is mainly done via x-rays that accurately pinpoint the injured or damaged areas. Depending on the severity of the pain, foot specialists will administer a battery of traditional treatments to effectively combat the issue. As mentioned above, shockwave therapy, cortisone shots, and certain medicines will be implemented. If these do not show significant improvement within a span of a few months, surgical options will be discussed. While orthotics goes a long way in helping PF sufferers regain mobility and flexibility, damaged tissue, ligaments, or tendons can only be repaired via surgery.


The Process

If you have normal or limited ankle motion range, plantar fasciitis release is the primary method in permanently alleviating the pain and stress. This surgical process requires the plantar fasciitis ligament to be partially cut. This helps release and relive the tension in the tissue. It also eliminates and eradicates the inflammation found within the ligaments, tendons, and joints. If any heel spurs or bone chips are present, your surgical expert will safely remove those as well. According to industry experts, 95-100% of pain sufferers are able to combat their PF issues with non-surgical treatments. Only a handful of people have undergone surgical treatments for plantar fasciitis. This is especially true for those that did not see a significant improvement with conventional therapies.


Other Surgical Procedures

If your heel pain is severely restricting your daily activities, other surgical procedures are available. These, of course, correlate with plantar fasciitis release, however, target other known problems and issues. Among the most common are heel spur removal and stretching. The latter is designed to loosen specific nerves at the bottom of foot. In the past, most experts believed heel spurs were the cause of PF. In recent years and via extensive medical research, the fact is that heel spurs are actually caused by plantar fasciitis. As a result, it is extremely rare to remove heel spurs, however, warranted when the heel pain simply will not subside or go away on its own.


Recovery Time

Most patients are able to go home within a day or two. To secure optimal and lasting results, they may have to wear splints, boots, or special post-operative boots. Footlogics features a vast selection of orthotics designed specifically for post-PF surgical patients. Our top of the line brands have helped countless PF sufferers restore proper mobility and performance. Even with orthotics, however, patients will have restrictions on the amount of weight they place on the foot. This usually last for 2 weeks, which is the normal recovery time and range. After that, patients must inform their physicians and surgeons if any varying degrees of pain are present. For most that have undergone successful PF surgical treatments, the pain will completely subside within 2-3 weeks. For more information on plantar fasciitis surgical options and procedures, simply speak with your foot doctor or podiatrist. As always, you can also contact us for helpful tips and suggestions.