Plantar Fasciitis – Surgery & Recovery

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is an injury most commonly caused by overuse. There is a tough, fibrous band of tissue on the bottom of your foot that connects your heel bone to the base of your toes. This band of tissue is called the plantar fascia and while designed to withstand a large amount of stress, can give under the pressure. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia becomes irritated and inflamed.

Dr. Danciger treats patients with plantar fasciitis on a regular basis. Some of the common symptoms you might experience with this injury include:

  • Stabbing pain when you first step out of bed in the morning
  • Pain that decreases as the day goes on
  • Pain after standing for long periods of time
  • Pain after getting up from having sat down for a long period of time

There are many risk factors for developing plantar fasciitis. Wearing high heels or non-supportive shoes, being in a job that requires you to be on your feet, having flat feet or high arches can all play a role in developing this overuse injury.

When is Surgery Recommended for Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis can become a chronic problem if not treated properly. Your ability to walk, run and perform daily activities could be greatly hindered from the pain of plantar fasciitis. Having this injury can also affect the way you walk which could then cause problems in your knee, hip and back.

Surgery is generally not the main course of treatment for Plantar Faciitis. There are many conservative methods that Dr. Danciger is able to provide to alleviate symptoms associated with plantar fasciitis. It is when these methods fail to be effective that surgical intervention may be necessary to restore full health and function back to your foot.

If all of the conservative methods tried by Dr. Danciger fail to work and your heel pain is restricting your daily activities and work, surgery on the plantar fascia may be discussed. In some cases, patients who have lived with a chronically contracted plantar fascia need surgery to fully relieve their foot pain.

What Can I Expect With Plantar Fascia Surgery?

In most cases, plantar fascia surgery involves the release of the plantar fascia tissue. The procedure involves cutting a part of the ligament to relieve tension and inflammation.

Advancements in technology have paved the way in making procedures such as plantar fasciitis surgery even less invasive. If you need surgery, it may be possible to have an endoscopic procedure, which allows Dr. Danciger to locate and cut the plantar fascia through a very small incision.

Following the surgery, you will most likely be given a boot or a cast to wear to limit the amount of weight on your foot. Dr. Danciger will provide strengthening and flexibility exercises to do after some healing has taken place and you will most likely be able to resume your normal activities within 3-6 weeks. You may need to avoid more high impact exercises or activities for a few months.

Are There Any Possible Complications From Plantar Fasciitis Surgery?

As with any more invasive procedure, there can be risks involved with plantar fasciitis surgery. It is important to be aware of the risks and discuss them with Dr. Danciger. He can walk you through the whole process and ease any concerns you may have. A few of the potential complications include:

  • An over-release of the plantar fascia, which could lead to a flat foot deformity.
  • Damage to surrounding nerves that could result in numbness and pain after surgery.
  • Infection
  • Recurring heel pain

If your plantar fasciitis has persisted for 6-12 months, you are an athlete with symptoms that are affecting your performance and/or conservative methods have failed to provide relief, contact us today. Dr. Danciger will be able to discuss treatment options with you and decide if surgery is the best course of action. To make an appointment contact our podiatric office (760) 568-0108 or visit our homepage.

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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle