What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis refers to heel pain caused by inflammation often caused by small tears of the plantar fascia ligament that runs from the heel to the toes. The condition is most common among runners and overweight individuals. For most individuals surgery is not a necessary course of treatment but for approximately 5% of cases a plantar fascia release may be recommended.

Plantar Fascia Release

During this outpatient surgery the surgeon will cut part of the plantar fascia ligament in order to release the tension and relieve inflammation in the area. In some cases the surgeon may remove damaged tissue or smooth the bone surface so that the plantar fascia can heal properly. The surgeon may also remove a heel spur or release the thickest part a foot muscle so as not to entrap nerves if necessary.

After Surgery

Most patients will need to wear a non weight bearing boot for two to three weeks following surgery open surgery. If your surgery is done endoscopically you may begin light weight bearing immediately and begin wearing normal shoes as soon as it feels comfortable. Most patients will be able to return to normal activity within 3 to 6 weeks. Running and jumping however will be restricted for about 3 months as the patient undergoes physical therapy.

How Well Will it Work?

Plantar fascia release is effective in reducing pain from plantar fasciitis in seventy five percent of patients.

What Should I Keep in Mind?

Endoscopic surgery offers a quicker recovery but may also increase the risk of complications such as nerve damage. There are inherent risks, though uncommon, with surgery such as infection, damage to nerves or blood vessels, blood clots, and anesthesia risks. Potential patients must also account for the possibility that surgery may not reduce symptoms or that symptoms may return in the future.

Ways to Alleviate Pain From Plantar Fasciitis

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) may be taken to reduce inflammation and pain in the time while still contemplating surgery. Post-surgery a patient should follow their surgeons rehabilitation plan for ways to alleviate pain and speed up recovery.

Places to Get Help

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