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Name: Cathy Hebert
Email:cathy.hebert@home.com
Date: Sunday, July 9, 19100 at 00:17:46
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Progress report. I had PF (open) surgery with no heel spur removal done on June 7 (4 wks and 2 days). I find this is almost too good to be true. From day 1 the most pain I had was maybe a 2 or 3 on a scale of 1 to 10. Well, there was just one day (day 3 of walking on it) that it was higher (7 or 8) but I probably did more than I should have the two previous days, so I took a day completely off of it, and next day it was fine. I've been off the crutches for over a week now, but I have found it necessary to use just one for when I go to the Calgary Stampede since there is so much walking and I'm worried to overdo it, plus it gives me more stability on uneven ground. The little pain I do get is in arch, where the surgery was done, but it really is bearable, and no heel pain whatsoever. Hurray. I was thrilled to ditch the crutches, now my next step is to ditch the aircast. I figure one more week or 10 days, and then I'll try that. Good luck to all of you fellow PF sufferers, I sure know what you go through.

Name: Karen S
Email:winnie@net2u.com
Date: Saturday, July 8, 19100 at 19:06:10
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I had sugery on my left foot for a muscle release as well as had a heel spur removed. I am not allowed to walk on it, only use crutches. The first day, the pain was so intense, but now it is bearable. My surgery date was June 29th and I get the stitches out on July 13th. I will then be placed in a cast for 6 weeks, still with no walking on it. It's hard to do anything with crutches, but if it helps it will be worth it. Has anyone had the similar treatment and has it helped you. Thanks...Karen

Name: Terrie
Email:ttlsdesign@CS.COM
Date: Friday, June 30, 19100 at 21:39:26
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I was told in Jan. that I have planters faciitis after spending an intensive week on my feet. I also have Lupus. I somehow think the two conditions are conected especially since I have also just been diagnosed with carpel tunnel. I have braces and ice everywhere. I have to spend alot of time on my feet. I am currently swithing shoes 4-5 times a day. I have orthodics for my shoes. I also carry a frozen liter bottle to role my feet over to ice. Most times this is not nearly enough. How about taping? Anybody have luck with that? I also wondered about a brace for the worst foot. Any ideas?

Name: Charles B.Campbell 3rd.
Email:C.Campbell@WTC.Com
Date: Friday, June 30, 19100 at 04:28:39
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Doctor: I have a small lump inside my stomach near my bellybutton on the right side.This might be a hernia,should this come out asap or should I wait.

Name: Charles B.Campbell 3rd.
Email:C.Campbell@WTC.Com
Date: Friday, June 30, 19100 at 04:23:49
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Name: Cathy Hebert
Email:cathy.hebert**removethispart**@home.com
Date: Tuesday, June 27, 19100 at 16:17:38
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It is now 3 weeks after PF surgery and the stitches came out today. Everything is healing up really well and I now have the go-ahead to start walking on it. Of course, I feel much more confident about that having the aircast on. It was strange at first, like my foot forgot what to do. I was a little afraid, but after about a half hour of slow practice, I got the hang of it. Only a bit of pain, but I won't do too much right away. I imagine in a few days the crutches will be history (I won't miss them!) Will post more as things progress.

Name: Margaret
Email:margaretmizer@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday, June 25, 19100 at 19:52:57
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My sister is having surgery on her ankle and we would like to have some feedback concerning ankle reconstructive surgery. She is having the tendon that goes up the back of her leg used to replace two missing (destroyed)ligaments. Please e-mail and let me know what kind of things to expect following surgery. Pain...physical therapy...anything you might have knowledge of...??

Name: Bob Hansen
Email:bhansen680@aol.com
Date: Friday, June 23, 19100 at 21:56:00
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After 17 years of pain, many doctors, too many expensive orthotics, and lots of frustration I had total release surgery on both feet in 1996 (right foot in June, left in Aug). No problem with spurs, but had plantar fasciitis and an abnormal muscle. I had no social life because I could not stand for more than two minutes and had to turn down jobs that required standing. After surgery it took six months to start to feel better and that's because I took up dancing. It was the best exercise/therapy. The surgery gave me my life back!!! After another 6 months I could go out socially again. I met a woman at dancing and got married. She had no idea how close to being crippled I was before we met since I seemed to be problem free. I now have a job where I am on my feet 5 to 6 hours a day and no longer think about my feet and pain before doing things. My problem now is that with the birth of my son, we do not go dancing twice weekly as before and I am again experiencing pain. Nothing like before surgery and I'm sure that with exercise I'll get back to being pain free. I'm only 39 and am wondering what I'll be like at 50, 60, etc. I didn't get rid of my cane as I'm sure I'll need it again when I'm older. Can anyone tell me if I'll get less dependent on regular, deliberate exercise? My feet need more exercise than just walking so I have to go dancing or skating; a treadmill is not enough. Will I ever get to the point where I won't have to worry about setting time aside to exercise? Will I need to do this for the rest of my life?

Name: john doe
Date: Thursday, June 22, 19100 at 15:10:29
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i just had pf surgey and also found heal spur and a cyst. painful isn't the word. i read some where about a cyst and plantar faciitis and i was wondering if anyone else had this and why it happened.

Name: teresa
Email:tess1962@aol.com
Date: Wednesday, June 21, 19100 at 08:47:23
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Hi, I am now 12 days post op and am getting around better, i still use crutches and the doctor doesnt want me putting weight on the foot yet. i have pain in my arch around the 2nd incision,but my heel pain is gone. keeping ice on it occasionaly and still using pain meds some,but not like last week. so i am inproving. i am to be off work for 6 weeks and do spend alot of time on the couch :) .

Name: Sue
Email:qas4u@aol.com
Date: Tuesday, June 20, 19100 at 11:01:14
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I am getting ready for another surgery on my stomach. I have had several c-sections and I have a large scar. Does anyone know of some kind of alternative to stitches? Like a tape or glue that lessons the scaring? Please let me know. Thanks. Sue

Name: Cathy Hebert
Email:cathy.hebert*removethispart*@home.com
Date: Sunday, June 18, 19100 at 13:15:07
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It is now 11 days after surgery and things are going really well. Doc says stay off it for 3 weeks and I am listening to him. I try to keep it elevated and that really does help keep the swelling down. If I sit or walk (with crutches) for more than half an hour the bandage is tight and I use the ice boot to get it back to normal. Not taking anything for inflammation since day 4, but I don't really find it necessary. If you listen to your body it will tell you if you are doing too much. Have some strange feelings that come and go, like arch pain or big toe (top of it) or heel pain when I ice, but it all lasts very short periods of time. Nothing bad, just "there". I think it's the nerves in the foot being "wonky". The aircast helps so much I find. It keeps the foot really stable and protects it from bumps and even allows me to just set the foot on the ground (without weight on it) for stability when standing or walking with crutches. I'll post again later.

Name: Diana Bannon
Email:dianadb2@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday, June 17, 19100 at 22:32:02
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I had epf surgery on 2/29/00, when I last posted I was on my way to happy feet. I am here now to sadly report that I still have foot pain. It is slightly different than before surgery, but when I get up in the morning its there with me.The difference is that my whole foot seems to hurt now. My ankle is even sore,I have 2 pairs of orthotics that I can't even wear anymore. I.ve tried different shoes, nothing helps. I do have an appointment to see doc next month but I think I need to make it sooner. I do work on my feet but it even hurts when I'm not working . Anyone have any suggestions? I'm almost at the end of my rope.

Name: Cathy Hebert
Email:cathy.hebert*removethispart*@home.com
Date: Saturday, June 10, 19100 at 19:00:23
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After suffering with heelspurs and plantar fasciitis for about 12 years, I finally decided to get the PF surgery on my right foot (3/4 release, open incision). It is day 3 post-op now and I feel no pain (of course I am not weight bearing on it). I'm using a Cryo-Cuff ice boot all day which I think has really helped. I am careful to keep my foot propped on 3 pillows all day and two at night (3 is too uncomfortable to sleep with). I have barely any swelling and the doctor didn't even have to change the bandages yesterday. The crutches really hurt, so I try to scoot around the house by kneeling on the seat of an office chair and using my good leg to push the chair. Also I feel more stable that way. So far, I'm really glad I went ahead and did it, and hope everything continues on this well. I'll post in a few days or a week.

Name: Clay Robinette
Email:RobinetteK@AOL.COm
Date: Saturday, June 10, 19100 at 16:57:33
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I've gone through virtually everything most of you have mentioned and like many, had surgery (5 years ago). I had a 2/3 release on one foot without success.. I've got an extremely high rigid arch and really don't have the pain when I first walk in the morning, only when I stand still. My pain is mainly from standing in one spot, the longer the worse it gets. My doct really thinks a complete release is the answer. Has anyone with really high rigid feet had a complete release that was successful. By the way, stretching, ice, shots, taping, 20 pairs of orthotics have had no postitive effect. The weird thing is that I could go run a 100 yd dash and it wouldn't hurt my heels unless I stood still to rest afterwards..

Name: Tracy Hurst
Email:thurst1@prodigy.net
Date: Friday, June 9, 19100 at 22:16:23
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I have bilateral plantar fasciitis - both feet. I've had it for about 1 year. Nine month ago I began treatment. I have done everything: stretching, icing, taping, night splint, New Balance shoe with custom othodics, several cortisone injections, physical therapy, etc. I will give good old fashioned ice the most credit. The rest has brought minimal, short-term, if any, relief. I am 28, not overweight, female, athlete. I was on the verge of playing semi-professional soccer when this became debilitating. I now walk with a constant limp. I now have 4 doctors: general physician, 2 podiatrists, and a physical therapist. My primary podiatrist is most helpful and knows my full history. She wants to do surgery on both feet. She sent me to other podiatrist for a second opinion. I can't believe it, but he says I'm too young/not overweight and don't need the surgery. Instead, he padded up my custom orthodics and said that should fix things. I am so frustrated!!! Seems lots of surgeries are a success. My goal is, eventually (I'm ok with a full year of recovery), to get back to playing soccer. Any advice is welcomed.

Name: Susan
Email:OleSusannah@webtv.net
Date: Thursday, June 8, 19100 at 20:20:44
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I had a bone spur around the joint of my big toe caused from arthritis. 1 month ago today i had surgery, called a cheilectomy. I had the bone spur removed. I did great. Iwas only down a few days. The pain wasn't too bad. Now I can walk without pain. I would certainly do it again.

Name: Susan
Email:OleSusannah@webtv.net
Date: Thursday, June 8, 19100 at 20:19:01
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I had a bone spur around the joint of my big toe caused from arthritis. 1 month ago today i had surgery, called a cheilectomy. I had the bone spur removed. I did great. Iwas only down a few days. The pain wasn't too bad. Now I can walk without pain. I would certainly do it again.

Name: linda adams
Date: Wednesday, June 7, 19100 at 20:08:19
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I had surgery for Tarsel tunnel in my left foot 03-29-00 and I have resumed all my previous activities. I have some numbness but it is so much better. I would do it again. Today I hiked for the first time in 10 months and didn't have to rush to get back because my foot was numb.

Name: Vanessa Gladney
Email:RelivShaker@aol.com
Date: Monday, June 5, 19100 at 21:18:07
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Name: J
Email:charleyhorse@angelfire.com
Date: Monday, June 5, 19100 at 20:15:25
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I had surgery for PF back in Dec. of '99. I was using crutches up until Feb. The intitial pain(felt like stepping on broken glass) I got when I took my first walks have gone away. But I continue having the same pain in the heel area, but it's more intense. I also have new pain where my stiches were and the area slightly above it. In the past 3 months I have not felt a significant improvement to my condition. I always feel some discomfort on that foot-even when I'm resting. I limit my walking as much as possible and use a cane if I plan on walking more than 5 minutes. The cane helps a bit. I've been out of work for 5 months now and will have to go on extended disability. The doctor says that it'll take a year or so to fully recover. Is there anyone out there in a similar situation?

Name: teresa
Email:tess1962@aol.com
Date: Saturday, June 3, 19100 at 19:11:38
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I am very glad to be able to come to this website,I also have tarsal tunnel and pf and am scheduled to have surgery on 6/9/00. Both my heels are very painfull and the area below the ankle is swollen. I hope to be in less pain after the surgery and able to get around better,I want to thank everyone for there messages as it is helping me prepare for what is comming.

Name: elizabeth
Email:eilis@hotmail.com
Date: Friday, June 2, 19100 at 10:55:07
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I had endoscopic plantar faciotomy done on my left foot one week ago today.I had NO post surgical pain - it's the first time I have been pain free since August.My legs, knees,hips and back have suffered so much pain since August - I couldn't believe a foot problem could cause all of these symptoms!! I am in a walking cast for one more week and then I gear up to have my right foot done a couple of weeks after that. I am a RN in surgery and spend all day - and sometimes all night on my feet - any idea when I'll be ready to go back to work? I have to work!! The sooner the better - but only if it's time. Thanks for any advice.

Name: elizabeth
Email:eilis@hotmail.com
Date: Friday, June 2, 19100 at 10:48:25
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Name: Tim
Email:tjarmentor@aol.com
Date: Wednesday, May 31, 19100 at 20:02:13
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I am scheduled to have surgery on the heel of my foot. I am having problems with the bursa sack on heel. Doctor will cut ligament and cut nerve and also he will remove cyst on bursa sac. Has anyone had this type of procedure? If so what was results? Thanks, Tim

Name: Kristi Adams
Email:RxKyGirl@aol.com
Date: Tuesday, May 30, 19100 at 20:28:00
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I had surgery on the 11th of May and I have not had any pain in my foot at all!!! I am just now starting to walk on it and so far so good! I am thankful that I can move around now without pain. My hands and arms hurt worse from the crutches and wheelchair than my foot does! I don't know if surgery if for everyone but it sure helped me!

Name: Sandra Holland
Email:sandbags@pacbell.net
Date: Tuesday, May 30, 19100 at 05:21:32
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I had the surgery in September of 1999 and was told by my doctor that I should heal in about 3 months. Well, it is now June and my foot is STILL in excessive pain. What I've noticed is that the pain seems to have moved and spread across my entire foot, not just local to the heel. Now my foot hurts on my arch, beneath my toes, on top of my toes, and sometimes on my heel. I feel as if I have to continuously stretch my foot. It's like that moment right before a foot cramp, only it constantly feels like that. I'm overweight and so I have been trying martial arts to attempt to lose weight, but what a catch 22 it is! They say, "Lose Weight" yet every activity I try to attempt to lose it, I find just increases my foot pain to the point where I can barely walk. To top it off, my right foot is now starting to show signs of a spur since I have been favoring my left foot for the past 5 years. I am tired of living with this pain and nothing seems to help. I had a few weeks of relief with the surgery, but it seems no different that that cortizone shot I got which wore off after about 6 months. I think that someone should do a study of the mental effects of heel spurs because I'm sure they would find that depression is a major result of the constant pain. I'm only 30 years old and am dreading the concept of walking when I am older. I know this pain is not going to go away because the doctors have basically tried everything.

Name: SUSAN
Email:SNUZ5278@AOL.COM
Date: Friday, May 26, 19100 at 01:58:37
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I HAD 2 SURGERIES IN 1 14 MONTHS AGO TO HAVE MY 4TH AND 5TH HAMMERTOES STRAIGHTEN AND A NEUROMA REMOVED ON THE BOTTOM OF MY FOOT. NEEDLESS TO SAY BOTH SURGERIS WERE A DISASTER. HAD ANOTHER SURGERY 7 MONTHS AGO TO HAVE THE NEUROMA REMOVED WHICH THE FIRST SURGEON FAILED TO DO. MY TOES ARE DEFORMED, THEY FEEL LIKE THEY WERE CUT OFF AND SEWN BACK ON BACKWARDS. THEY CAN'T DO ANYTHING WITH THEM BECAUSE HE TOOK TO MUCH BONE OUT. I CAN'T STAND ANYTHING TOUCHING MY TOES, NOT EVEN A SHEET. I HAVE TO SLEEP WITH MY FOOT HANGING OVER THE BED. NOW, THE THIRD SURGEON SUGGESTED AMPUTATING THE TOES AND STILL BELIEVES THAT THE 2ND SURGEON DIDN'T REMOVE THE STUMP OF THE NEUROMA. IT'S VERY PAINFUL TO WALK ALOT. 14 MONTHS LATER AND STILL WEARING A RIGGED UP SURGICAL SHOE. WHAT A MESS!!!!!!!!!!

Name: Robert Curtis
Email:rjcurtis@rocketmail.com
Date: Tuesday, May 23, 19100 at 13:13:43
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My Dr. has recommended surgery to remove a spur rubbing against my achilles. I have been suffering with this problem for about five years. I think I tried almost everything, shot , heal cups, rest, lifts, night splints and meds. I was just wondering if there is anyone out there who has had the same problem. It is on both feet.

Name: Lori
Date: Monday, May 22, 19100 at 21:04:33
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It's been a year ago, today, since I had my 2/3 release and bone spur removal. All in all, I'm happy I had the surgery, though, as I've said before, I wish I had tried acupuncture first. That has worked well for my non-surgeried foot. I figure I'm about 80-90% better than before. Lately, my feet have both been a bit sorer than usual but I think it's because it's the end of the school year. (I'm a teacher). Still, 80-90% is better than the terrible pain I had for over 10 years. Surgery is a last resort but I'm glad I did it. Lori in AZ nospamlssteadman@minspring.com

Name: Joopie
Email:TaxisMom@aol.com
Date: Friday, May 12, 19100 at 16:21:19
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It's been a week now since I had endoscopic Plantar faciiotomy on my right foot. My left was done in March. So far my right is healing better than my left. I know it takes time, and that my left is still healing itself, but the right is further along at this point. I am very careful - no crutches around the house, but definately when I go out. No extended walks (although I hobbled through the new IKEA store on Wednesday...) and no uneven surfaces. Icing when I think of it (not terribly good about that). The thought of walking normally again is quite exciting. It'll take some time. But taking the dogs around the block is still out. Just thought I'd check in.

Name: Kristi Adams
Email:RxKyGirl@aol.com
Date: Friday, May 5, 19100 at 18:46:49
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I have been suffering with plantar fascitis for almost a year and a 1/2. I too have been through the whole thing with my Dr. After several shots in both heels, my right foot is the problem now with having done anti-inflammatories, heel cups, new shoes, orthotics, Birkenstocks(which I wear everyday) night wraps, physical therapy, stretching, crying, I am at the end of my rope. I am going in for surgery on May 11th. I am hopeful that this is the answer to this painful problem. I hope I am doing the right thing, I am open to any encouraging thoughts. I am just glad to know that someone knows how this feels. God Bless. :)

Name: Jannine
Email:SCRITCHME@aol.com
Date: Sunday, April 30, 19100 at 18:05:48
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I need some help, please. I have Plantar Fascitis in my left foot and I am in constant agony. I had it previously in my right foot and had surgery after exhausting all other avenues. That foot is much better, but I have since changed doctors. My left foot is now the problem. My new doctor has sent me for physical therapy, given me cortizone (to which I had a reaction and he won't give me any more), and made me purchase custom-made $300 orthodics, which I wear faithfully. I do stretching exercises and ice my foot every night. Because I have asthma, I can't take most anti-inflamatory drugs and the doctor gave me Celebrex to help the inflamation. Unfortunately the Celebrex caused other problems and I had to discontinue usage. Doctor now has me taking Neurontin which is a nerve medication, to try and trick the brain into not feeling the pain waves the nerves send out. I begged him for surgery - since I had it on the other foot - and he informed me he does not like to do surgery because he is not comfortable with the success rate. I am in constant pain and in need of any suggestions that anyone can offer. I am considering changing doctors but I am not sure I want to start all over again. Thoughts anyone? Thank you in advance.

Name: Ernie
Email:BErnieC14@netscape.com
Date: Saturday, April 29, 19100 at 00:59:11
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I have had 1 heel spur surgery,and 2nd surgery to find reason for having more pain after the 1st surgery. I have been physical therapy and used every device and kind of medicine the doctors can think of,and I still have unbearable pain if I stand too long or walk too much.I cannot walk in the Mall with my wife for more than 10 min. at a time. I was sent to a university hospital foot and ankle clinic to be treated by a very renowned foot Dr. and he tells me there is nothing else he can do , that I will just have to live with the pain. I'm 53 and have lost the ability to do the things I used to do, run, walk with my wife and grandchildren. Is there really no hope for me? I have had pain for about 6 years now. ANSWERS? ANYONE!

Name: Amy
Email:arebella@beckerinc.com
Date: Friday, April 28, 19100 at 12:55:43
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It is now a little over 4 months since surgery. I have virtually no pain on the bottom of my foot now, only if I press on it do I notice the fascia isn't attached any more, feels pretty gross. I am able to walk briskly now for about 20 minutes -- that's major progress for me! The healing continues, I still have swelling near the incision site (down toward the heel) The scar tissue has broken up nicely and I don't even notice the 4" scar. I can tell this is going to be about a year for total recovery, but I think it's worth it. One thing I really found helpful was getting Birkenstocks (got the Tatami kind). I like these better than my custom orthotics. I can now wear sandals and have the support I need. I do have problems yet getting out of bed, my foot is sore on the top toward my little toes. I had one cortizone injection in the site and had helped it, but it's still not good. I was told it was probably a neuroma (this was the reason I went to the doc to begin with, I got the plantar fascia problem with physical therapy, am I bitter--yes!) What do they do with neuromas? Can they be cured? Any response will be greatly appreciated.

Name: JUAN
Email:jhrotts35@aol.com
Date: Thursday, April 27, 19100 at 23:09:53
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ON FRI 4/21/00 I HAD SURGERY TO REMOVE 4 SPURS IN MY LEFT ANKLE AND 1 ON THE HEEL.I HAD TO RECEIVE 4 INCISIONS FOR THIS PROCEDURE.THE PAIN IS SLOWLY MOVING ON,BUT IF ANYONE HAS HAD THIS SAME PROCEDURE I WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE ANY FEEDBACK ON THE RECOVERY TIME SWELLING,PAIN,BEING ABLE TO WALK ON BOTH FEET AGAIN.THANKS

Name: Donna Summers
Date: Saturday, April 22, 19100 at 19:11:30
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Name: caryne
Date: Tuesday, April 18, 19100 at 06:39:05
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I had surgery on my right heel on March 30th. So far so good..was in a hard cast until last Friday. I"m gradually putting weight on my heel now and use a crutch if walking very much. Hopefully by next week won't even need crutch. I know it will take several weeks before i'll truly know how the surgery worked but the pain has been minimal.I stayed home the lst week after surgery and went back to teaching last week.

Name: TRICIA ANNE
Email:twochaps@goeaston.net
Date: Tuesday, April 18, 19100 at 05:38:23
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PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS MY CORRECT EMAIL. I DIDN'T EVEN TYPE IT RIGHT ON SOME OF THE POSTINGS

Name: tricia anne
Email:two chaps @goeaston.net
Date: Tuesday, April 18, 19100 at 05:15:25
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PLEASE EXCUSE ALL THE REPEATS. I DON'T KNOW WHAT I AM DOING YET. PLEASE BE PATIENT WITH ME THANKS

Name: tricia anne
Email:twochaps@goeaston.net
Date: Tuesday, April 18, 19100 at 05:13:00
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Email:twochaps@goeaston.net
Date: Tuesday, April 18, 19100 at 05:11:26
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Name: tricia anne
Email:twochaps@goeaston.net
Date: Tuesday, April 18, 19100 at 05:09:19
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Name: TRICIA ANNE
Email:twochaps@goeaston.net
Date: Tuesday, April 18, 19100 at 05:08:18
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Name: TRICIA ANNE
Email:two chaps@goeaston.net
Date: Tuesday, April 18, 19100 at 05:04:13
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WELL, LET'S SEE IF THIS WILL TAKE. I DON'T KNOW WHAT IAM DOING WRONG. MY TALE IS A SAD ONE. AFTER 3 SURGERIES, 1 FOR TARSAL TUNNEL, AND 1 FOR PLANTAT FASCITIS, MY ARCH HAS COLLAPSED. I AM IN CONSTANT PAIN, NOT ONLY IN MY FEET, BUT ALSO NOW IN MY BACK AND SCIATICIA. THE SURGICAL DOCTOR TREATED ME LIKE A PIECE OF THRASH WHEN I RETURNED TO HIM WITH THE PROBLEM. IT TOOK ABOUT 2 YEARS FOR MY ARCH TO START COLLAPSING. NEITHER SURGERY HELPED MY FOOT PAIN. I AM STILL SEARCHING. SOME DAYS IT IS ALL I CAN DO TO BEAR THE PAIN. PLEASE CONTACT ME WITH ANY SUGGESTION THAT YOU THINK MAY HELP EITHER OR OR FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME. I PROMISE TO ANSWER. MY ADVICE TO ANY OF YOU COMTEMPLATING SURGERY-,,don't do it even as a last resort..I'M SO SORRY I DID . YOU MAY NOT REALIZE THE EFFECTS FOR YEARA LIKE ME. THEN IT IS TOO LATE. I WON'T GIVE UP THOUGH. IF I CAN HELP ANY OF YOU PLEASE LET ME KNOW. THANK FOR LISTENING. FORGIVE MY TYPING. IAM NEW AT THE COMPUTER

Name: TRICIA ANNE
Email:two chaps@goeaston.net
Date: Tuesday, April 18, 19100 at 04:53:12
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WELL IT SEEMS TO WORK THIS TIME. I'M NEW AT THE COMPUTER. I HAVE HAD 2 SURGERIES ON MY LEFT FOOT. ! FOR TARSA TUNNEL RE LEASE, & 1 fOR PLANTAR FASCITIC. THE 1ST WAS NOT SUCESSFUL, BUT DID NOT CAUSE ME ANY ILL EFFECTS. THE 2ND IS A DIFFERENT STROY. NOT ONLT DID IT NIT HELP ME, IT HAS JUST ABOUT DISABLED MEE. APPROXIMATELY 3 YEARS AGTER THE SURGERY. MY ARCH COLLAPSED. NOW I HAVE PAIN NO ONLE IN MY FEET, BUT MY BACK AND SCIATICA. I AM IN CONSTANT PAIN. I HAVE BEEN EVERYWHERE FOR HELP. THE SURGICAL DR. TREATED ME LIKE A PIECE OF TRACH WHEN I RETURNED TO HIM WITH THE PROBLEM. I'M STILL SEARCHING. i AM SO PLEASED TO FIND THIS SITE, AND HOPEFUL THAT THERE MAY STILL BE AN ANSWER OUT THERE. IF ANY ONE KNOWS OF SOMETHING THA MAY HELP PLEASE PLEASE CONTACET ME HERE, OR FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME. MY ADVICE TO ANYONE COMTEMPLATING SURGERY. dON'T DO IT EVEN AS A LAST RESORT. THIS COULD HAPPEN TO YPU YEARS DOWN THE ROAD. THANKS FOR LISTENING. CONTACT ME IF I CAN BE OF HELP TO YOU. PLEASE FORGIVE MY TYPING. I'M RELEARNING THAT

Name: tricia anne
Email:two chaps@goeaston.net
Date: Tuesday, April 18, 19100 at 04:42:35
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I POSTED HERE ABOUT 10 DAYS AGO AND MY POST NEVER A[[EARED. I'M TRYING AGAIN TO SEE IF I SHOW UP AND THEN I WILL RESEND MY INFO. PAIN IS THE STIRY OF MY LIFE FROM THIS AWFUL CONDITION

Name: Dan in SC
Date: Monday, April 17, 19100 at 20:58:22
Comments:
I'm better today than yesterday's posting. I'm actually getting better!!!!! I do NOT regret the surgery at all. I had double PF surgery 3/23/00 and am improving DAILY.

Name: Joopie
Email:TaxisMom@aol.com
Date: Monday, April 17, 19100 at 14:05:15
Comments:
I had my left foot surgeried on March 6. The procedure itself was quite uneventful. It was a 2/3 release of the tendon (cut 2/3 of it) and it has been about 5 weeks now. I cannot say I am pain free at this time - if I step funny or twist or stretch too much then it hurts. But compared to the pain I felt just standing for two minutes - and having to rock back and forth to ease the pain just from being still, this is easy pain. And I feel it is getting better and better. I went into this thinking all the pain would be gone within a couple of weeks or so. That isn't true for me. But it's better. And this is "healing" pain not "heeling" pain. LOL. I go in to have the other foot done in a couple weeks - May 4. Back to the crutches for a couple of weeks, then switch the cane to the other side for a while. I will have to be extra careful with this one becasue my "strong" foot is still in process. But I would not change my decisions to do these surgeries for anything. I wouldn't have been able to stand the other pain for much longer. My life had become restricted - no long walks, no hiking with the dogs, no standing in lines at all, no seeing exhibits or attending shows... what a restricted and sorry life! But this summer looks brighter than ever. If anyone wants to email me, please feel free. TaxisMom@aol.com. And thanks, too, to Sandy!!!

Name: Dan in SC
Email:kemosaby@aol.com
Date: Sunday, April 16, 19100 at 21:04:37
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I'm approx 8 weeks post op PF surgery on both heels. I had both feet "done" at once. I'm now walking pretty well but after 80 to 100 ft. the pain kicks in. At this point I am about the same or maybe slightly worse than prior to surgery. However, I DO continue to improve every day! I delayed surgery 4 years while I suffered. So, I should think it will be a while longer before my feet are better than before the surgery. By the way, the surgery caused (me) virtually no pain. I'll rephrase that. I was surprised by the lack of pain after surgery...as long as I stayed off my feet!!! That first 2 or 3 weeks was tough when I tried to walk but there was virtually no pain while off my feet. Plus, the time flew by!! Best wishes to all!!

Name: Barbara
Email:Blikawolf@aol.com
Date: Sunday, April 9, 19100 at 01:58:40
Comments:
After 13mos. of trying to deal with this problem with only temporary relief after cotisone shots, Podiatrist now recommending surgery. Read all the comments posted, now more confused then ever. One question. Am getting second opinion, should I consult another Pod. or go to Ortho Surgeon? All Responses GREATLY appreciated. Thankyou

Name: Barbara
Email:likawolf@aol.com
Date: Sunday, April 9, 19100 at 01:57:08
Comments:
After 13mos. of trying to deal with this problem with only temporary relief after cotisone shots, Podiatrist now recommending surgery. Read all the comments posted, now more confused then ever. One question. Am getting second opinion, should I consult another Pod. or go to Ortho Surgeon? All Responses GREATLY appreciated. Thankyou

Name: Cathleen
Email:Birchcat@gateway.net
Date: Saturday, April 8, 19100 at 22:27:19
Comments:
Forgot to mention that I wear custom orthotics, about $100 from a PT, inside my New Balance shoes ALL THE TIME, even when getting up in the middle of the night. Looking forward to the day when I can wear regular shoes. Another great brand is Chaco out of Denver...they've created a sandal with adjustable straps, the sole is hard foam that memmorizes your foot impression.

Name: Cathleen
Email:Birchcat@gateway.net
Date: Saturday, April 8, 19100 at 22:15:29
Comments:
I suffered with a heel spur, right foot, for nearly 5 years. Saw Orth Dr...Podiatrist...all recommended the conservative methods of "dealing with it". Then last Nov. '99 I sat next to a Podiatrist on a return flight from NYC...he couldn't believe that I was still suffering...he said surgery is the answer. I found a local DPM who agreed that surgery was necessary. I had it done Jan. 5, 2000...He said it was fibromatosis(?)...foot felt numb for several days...serious pain along TOP of foot from big toe to ankle for a couple days. Tried to stay off for a week or so...used a walker...much better than crutches. It's been over 3 months since surgery and now I have CAPSULITIS..similar to BURSITIS...haven't read anything about this diagnosis in this site. Has anyone experienced this pain on the top and outer edge of your foot apparently from walking on the outer edge to protect the incision location...and have it diagnosed as capsulitis??? I've had 2 cortizone shots in the top of my foot...they aren't that bad...and it actually feels quite good today. I wear T.E.D. socks..elastic to the knee...they really help with swelling...also taking Naprosyn 500 mg. 2X a day. I'm very anxious to get back to walking my 3-4 miles every morning...I've gained weight because of NOT walking...yet that weight is the problem. So far I'm satisfied with surgery...the pain is nothing compared to the pain before surgery. My DPM also said it could take up to a year to totally heal. I still do the stretch exercises many times throughout the day. Glad I found this site.

Name: DAVID L. WISE SR.
Email:DAVIDLEEWISESR@AOL.COM
Date: Thursday, April 6, 19100 at 10:31:01
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I, WORK IN A NURSING HOME ,AND HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF LOWER BACK PAIN.

Name: Wendy
Email:wendyc723@aol.com
Date: Monday, April 3, 19100 at 11:35:14
Comments:
Hi I live in Pa and my mother suffers from a heel spur, she is interested in having lazer surgery. I have been unsuccessful in finding any information on it, if anyone has any information please let me know. Thank you.

Name: Caren Harkins
Email:cymh@mindspring.com
Date: Friday, March 31, 19100 at 16:01:24
Comments:
Have not posted before -- I was waiting to see how my own case would do before posting. I had SEVERE plantar fascitis and spurs on both feet and had plantar fasciotomy surgery in both feet, one in July and the other in August of 1999. I was able to do very little, quite limited until the end of February. It was then I noticed that I could walk on the treadmill for 30 to 40 minutes and do a lot more. The pain is not completely gone but it is subsiding more and more each month. The bottom line is that it takes many of us up to a year to heal. I was told that it is difficult healing since your foot is literally dissected to do the surgery. Surgery is still the way to go if everything else has been exhausted (as it was for me). You have the choice of suffering from this for life or taking a year to heal at the very worst scenario. I am happy to say that it was a success and I want to thank Sandy Daniels for putting her encouraging note on this website. I really needed it then. This can be a very depressing condition for anyone. We can help each other through this wonderful website (Thanks Scott). Email is welcome if any questions.

Name: Ray Tierney
Email:rftierney@home.com
Date: Thursday, March 23, 19100 at 18:46:50
Comments:
My wife is recovering from a total plantar fasciectomy for severe fibromatosis after several attempts to treat with surgical excisions. She will also need five weeks of radiation to the area. Obviously this is very rare. Has anyone had similar experience or recommendations?

Name: Sandy Daniels
Email:sandysfam@mailcity.com
Date: Wednesday, March 22, 19100 at 23:10:25
Comments:
I have been posting since I had my surgery a year ago December. Of course, I am busy living my life now that my feet are 100% healed, but I did want to update you. I had surgery on both feet at the same time in December 1998. I had a bi-lateral release, 3/4 of the tendon. I had suffered for 4 years and had tried it all, taping, shots, ice, massage, splints, shoes, orthodics, on and on and on! I have had nothing but a positive experience. After I stopped all activity because it hurt to walk to the car, I am now back to playing tennis, riding my bike, walking and I just hiked for 25 miles to the Havasu Reservation in the Grand Canyon with a 40 lb. pack on my back. (And of course, out again!) I am 100% pain free and didn't even feel a little burn on this hike!!! The surgery does work...those who have had it have moved on with their lives and are having a blast!! If you need information or encouragement, email me! I have been on both sides of the fence, and am now back down to my normal weight, a little tanned and looking forward to my next pack trip with my husband and kids! It took awhile to heal, but I did and am back among the living!

Name: Barb Trovattori
Email:btrovat@aol.com
Date: Tuesday, March 21, 19100 at 07:55:10
Comments:
Had PF complete release and spur removal surgery on Feb. 2, 2000. Took quite a while for the incision to heal (for some reason). Seems totally healed now. Walking is getting better. I do have a question for anyone who could help. I am still having pain (especially upon first getting up) on the operated foot. After the intial first steps, pain subsides, but I tire quickly. The symptoms after surgery seem to mimic the symptoms before surgery. Is this normal?? Will be having the left foot done in a few weeks. Email welcome

Name: Jolene Chrystal
Email:joey_rosy@yahoo.com
Date: Friday, March 17, 19100 at 08:22:58
Comments:
I had surgery on my left foot almost 2 years ago this June. I am a runner and have not been able to run for about 3 years now. Surgery was succussful, but I do have numbness from by little toe back about 2 inches and tingling and a little pain in that area. About 6 months after sur. I started to walk and do a little running again and then my right heel started to hurt. I do wear orthotics. I started to faithfully stretch during the day as much as I could, even saw a P.T. and she gave me lots of stretching ideas. I had no relief, no matter what I did, ice and lots of stretches and lots of Aleve. It seemed to get worse. I finally just scheduled myself for PF surgery again with my foot DR. after a year of this pain. Got this computer and found this web page . I read the part about the heating pad on the calf first thing in the morning before even stepping on your foot and doing the stretches in bed. The pain was almost gone the first day. I started this routine about 2 months ago and I can happily say I am pain free and running partime again. Thanks so much to this web page. I improve everyday and use the heating pad less and less. But I really stretch first thing in the Am and throughout the day, what a relief. My surgery involved release of the inner 1/3 of the facia and slight removal of the heel spur.

Name: Diana Bannon
Email:dianadb2@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday, March 16, 19100 at 07:53:03
Comments:
I had epf surgery 17 days ago on my right foot,at this point I can honestly say that it was worth it.My foot has a little pain right now but that gets better as each day passes. I start PT today and I am planning to be back to work in about 2 weeks, ( because I have to).I think the outcome of surgery has a lot to do with the person and having trust in the doctor that performs it. My surgeon is the second doctor I seen about my feet and I am glad I changed because the first one was going to cut and grind the spur without any tests. (spur not big enough to cause problems) I hope my foot keeps getting better because I do not miss waking in pain with each step. Good luck to everyone and I hope everyone's starts having HAPPY FEET like me.

Name: Caryn
Email:Arctic507@aol.com
Date: Monday, March 13, 19100 at 22:56:17
Comments:
I last wrote in April 1999 about my long, drawn-out history of plantar faciitis. My surgery was performed in February 99 and since the doctor made me special orthotics, I have been pain-free. If any of you need an excellent podiatrist in Colorado, let me know. My surgery was a huge success. The only pain I have now is when there is a cold front coming through. The doc says this is completely normal. I, however, feel like a barometer. I wish you all the best and hope that one day you will be as pain-free as I am. The surgery worked for me!

Name: Sara
Email:gracheks@netlinkcom.com
Date: Sunday, March 12, 19100 at 14:01:06
Comments:
Hi, I posted back in Dec '99. I'm now 4+ months post-op, right foot, 3/4 EPF. Things continue to improve. Since my last post, I have a new orthodic that is more flexible than my original one - using that made a remarkable difference overnight. I also was put on Flexoril (muscle relaxant) a day after getting the new one - took this for 10 days. I'm not sure if it did much. Now the pain is mostly dorsal and lateral, with some pain in my ankle. At my last appointment I had a cortisone injection in my ankle - by the cuboid bone. The twingy nerve feeling is still there by the medial portal - but I think it is getting a little better. So the recovery continues to plod along. I would really caution anyone making the decision to have EPF surgery to be aware that the recovery can take much longer than the 4-8 weeks notedin some of the medical journals.

Name: Danny
Email:dannyt9098@aol.com
Date: Monday, March 6, 19100 at 15:46:40
Comments:
Just had plantar fascia release surgery performed on my right foot today. Surprisingly the pain is not that bad. Like a lot of others, my doctor made the 1-1/2" incision to better see what he was cutting. After a year with PF, 3 cortisone shots, physical therapy, and other things. I hope that this works. E-mails welcomed and answered.

Name: Denise
Email:denbid
Date: Sunday, March 5, 19100 at 01:04:31
Comments:
Help!! My daughter has a bone cyst in her right heel. Had surgery 1 year ago to fill in the hole. She is due to have a second surgery next month and we've just discovered that she has another bone cyst in her left heel! I have not been able to find ANY information on this condition sometimes referred to as calcaneous bone cyst, lytic lesion of the heel, etc. Apparantly it is not all that common that these (benign) bone tumors are found in the heel. ANYONE out there with information????? I am desperate to learn as much as I can.

Name: Tammy Shorb
Email:littlee1@prodigy.net
Date: Friday, March 3, 19100 at 21:16:56
Comments:
I have been suffering with heel pain for a year and a half. I went to see a foot doctor. She gave me cortisone shots and they did not help. Then she had me buy insoles for 300.00 that did not help either. After trying just about everything she scheduled me for surgery for the tendon in my foot to be cut instead of taking out the spur. She said this would relieve the pain. Well it has been 3 months and the pain is still here and sometimes worst then before. Now she tells me that the only thing she can do now is take out the spur. Afraid to take that step because afraid it won't work either. If anyone has had this done and can give me advice please let me know.

Name: Rose Mac
Email:tekiza83@aol.com
Date: Wednesday, March 1, 19100 at 15:51:09
Comments:
Had back surgery in '91', it left scar tissue and the pain has worsened over the years. I worked for two years after the surgery for 4 hours a day 5 days a week. My doctor said I had to live with the pain because to go in again would be useless. Eventually I had to go on disability. There is no relief at any time from pain. I take lots of pain medication and it just makes me sleepy enough to get a couple of hours sleep a night, before waking to pain again. I pray and I deal with it. In '98 I had surgery on my left ankle after a year or more in pain and that was my strong ankle because the right side was weak from the back pain , do you see the irony of this? Anyway I used the prosthetic in my shoes for a year and it did not help. I did not want anymore surgery, but I had no choice I could no longer stand to walk. My heel was no longer aligned with my ankle. I now have 1 large screw, 1 small screw and 3 pins in my ankle. It swells and is stiff despite exercise and the little toe is numb I am somewhat mobile. Thank God!

Name: Dan L.
Email:kemosaby@aol.com
Date: Tuesday, February 29, 19100 at 13:59:22
Comments:
After suffering for 4 years with PF, I had bilateral PF surgery 6 days ago. My surgeon chose to make an incision about 1.5" long on the bottom of each heel. He says he "can see better" that way giving a higher level of success. The good news so far has been the lack of pain from the surgery. Perhaps I'm an exception but as long as I STAY OFF MY FEET there is virtually no pain...and without pain medicine. Email anytime if you would like candid conversation about my PF experience compared to yours...as well as post op experience. Best wishes!

Name: Kristi
Email:PippasRus@aol.com
Date: Tuesday, February 29, 19100 at 00:37:18
Comments:
Hello: I have had plantar fascitis for about two years. It occurred just after the birth of my two year old. I have tried everything including orthodics, cortisone shots, incing, stretching, etc. Not even the cortisone injections help at all. My question to all of you is my pain is not primarily in the heel but more in the arch of my foot. I do not get the sharp pains in the morning but have constant pain all day long. Has anyone had the surgery who has the pain mainly in the arch. My Doctor says I am a perfect candidate for the EPF surgery because of where the pain is located. Help!

Name: Jim Rhome
Email:JRhome4550@aol.com
Date: Saturday, February 26, 19100 at 10:25:44
Comments:
I had surgery on my foot over one year ago.I still have as much or more pain than before. Now I have the same pain in the other foot and after seeing five different Doctors I have just about given up hope. I would like to find out more about the Ossatron treatment and even have it done if possible. I have not been pain free for over two years. Jim Rhome

Name: Colleen G
Email:neellocmg@aol.com
Date: Thursday, February 24, 19100 at 14:36:05
Comments:
It has been a little more than three months since my fasciotemy and nerve release. I wrote roughly a month ago saying that I was in excruiating pain, and that my DPM gave me an anti inflammatory injection. I went for a follow up on Tuesday. My foot feels great. The pain is down to about a 1 1/2. My doctor said that there is virtually no inflammation. I do feel stretching sensation on the bottom of my foot. He pushed on a spot and asked me if that was where the sensation was. He informed me that the fascia has to restretch itself and that the pain will go away within a month or two. Hopefully, I will be completely pain free in the near future. I still don't walk barefoot around the house even though the doctor said that I could now. The surgery was definitely worth it, even thought the pain that followed was worse than the PF pain, I would do it again if I had to. Hopefully, I won't.

Name: Allie
Email:teaguea@k12tn.net
Date: Monday, February 21, 19100 at 19:24:10
Comments:
I posted jan 20 with lots of questions and got some response. Thanks! Now I am to the end of my rope. Surgery is the last treatment available - according to the ortho - to treat tarsal tunnel and plantar fascitis. Is it worth it?

Name: shirley walters
Email:djwaldo@fretel.com
Date: Friday, February 18, 19100 at 22:32:11
Comments:
Looking for someone who has had a operation for tarsel tunnel of the feet. would like to hear about success of the surgery

Name: shirley walters
Email:djwaldo@fretel.com
Date: Friday, February 18, 19100 at 22:31:12
Comments:
Looking for someone who has had a operation for tarsel tunnel of the feet. would like to hear about success of the surgery

Name: Lori E. Brogan
Email:Makenzie02@AOL.com
Date: Friday, February 18, 19100 at 22:20:56
Comments:
Can anyone give some information on whether regular surgery or endoscopic surgery is more successful? I have not had surgery yet, but am weighing options at this point. Conservative treatments are not working at all. Thanks.

Name: DONNA TUCKER
Date: Thursday, February 17, 19100 at 21:42:18
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Name: Renae Price
Email:tweetiegirl21@cs.com
Date: Thursday, February 17, 19100 at 12:07:48
Comments:
I am having ankle reconstruction surgery next week. I am really scared because I have never been in the hospital before. I have sprained my ankle many times and the ligaments and tendons are non existent. If someone could give me some helpful information on what surgery is like. From the testing and prepping to the recovery could be informational. Thanks.

Name: LYNN BELANGER
Email:WENTSHOPPIN@CS.COM
Date: Tuesday, February 15, 19100 at 21:32:01
Comments:
I am 29 years old and a mother of six. It all started 8 month ago. I was 5 months pregnant and i started having heel pain. I suffered until after i delivered and within a month i went to the doctors. He gave me a cortisone shot in both heels. I had total relief from one heel but the other one continued to get worse. i bought orthodics and heel cups. Nothing seemed to work so i went to see an orthopedic and he gave me another injection which did very little for me. Since then i have tried physical therpy, a cast, night splint, and a cannon walker. I am still had a lot of pain so he recommends me to go she his partner for surgery. He told me the outcome isn't always the best. So i looked this web site up and i had read several stories and i am very confused as to what i should do. It seems like alot of negative response to the surgery. I just feel like i have tried all my other options and i can't stand the pain anymore. I f someone could give me so input on this , i would appreciate it.

Name: Richard Moppin
Email:mop4@earthlink.net
Date: Tuesday, February 15, 19100 at 16:06:46
Comments:
It has been a little over a month since my first post. It's been 5 months post op with both my feet worse than before the EPF. I saw a second podiatrist for the past two months and no luck. He is sending me to a orthopedic specialist at a University. All I can say to people who are considering sergury, DO YOUR RESEARCH ON IT FIRST !!!! Make sure your DPM has exhausted every effort first. That was not done to me. Make sure the EPF is done the way it is suppose to be done!!! I am very worried that I am never going to get better, even a little. I am only 36 and it sucks! Sorry, I'm really frustrated! I'll let you know how the specialist worked out. Good luck everyone.

Name: Ty Thompson
Email:Ty14101402@aol.com
Date: Saturday, February 12, 19100 at 22:01:48
Comments:
Hi, i am a bullriding and recently i broke my arm.It didn't seem bad till i got to the hospital and they said that i needed surgery. I agreed to the surgery. then i woke up 9 hours later with a full cast and 2 pins in my arm.i have been going to my doctor for 3 months and he says that my progress is doing well and that i will be able to rodeo in the year 2000. well i would like to thank my doctor for helping me through it. thank you Dr. Gregg Podleski Ty

Name: rfcoop
Email:rfcoop@mindspring.com
Date: Saturday, February 12, 19100 at 10:12:58
Comments:
I noticed a lump on the sole of my foot several years ago. I went to three doctors including one podiatrist. No one knew what it was. I now have two lumps on that foot and two smaller ones in the exact location on the other foot. Thanks to the internet I think I know what I have...plantar fibromatosis. I can walk and only have occasional discomfort. Does anyone know what I could do to possibly halt this disease or at least slow it down (like foot exercize, diet, etc.).

Name: rf cooper
Date: Saturday, February 12, 19100 at 09:43:14
Comments:
I noticed a lump on the sole of my foot several years ago. I went to three doctors including one podiatrist. No one knew what it was. I now have two lumps on that foot and two smaller ones in the exact location on the other foot. Thanks to the internet I think I know what I have...plantar fibromatosis. I can walk and only have occasional discomfort. Does anyone know what I could do to possibly halt this disease or at least slow it down (like foot exercize, diet, etc.). Needless to say my faith in doctors is not there.

Name: MaryKay
Email:firmrose2@aol.com
Date: Monday, February 7, 19100 at 23:01:10
Comments:
i have had surgery for tarsel tunnel, and i have to say that i am still in a lot of pain. the bottom of my feet feel like they are on fire with so much pain. i had the surery in Nov 99. can any one tell me what else can be done to stop the pain?

Name: Cindy Burdue
Email:Burdue@thegrid.net
Date: Saturday, February 5, 19100 at 14:00:52
Comments:
Hi, I think I just lost my message in the middle of it. I hope it shows up on the board. I won't repeat it all. After the EPF surgery, and then being diagnosed with Tarsal tunnel entrapment, both feet, I was eventually diagnosed with an immune disorder. Peripheral neuropathy caused by immune disorder, but the only "cure" - intravenous immunglobulin - did nothing for me. WEnt to pain specialist in Laredo, TX - fabulous dr. He had just completed a study using methadone for nerve pain. I got on the methadone, and have given away the wheelchair. I have gotten my life back to a great extent (there is never a day I have no foot pain, but if I am careful, I can do a lot. I have been to zoos, museums, etc.). I hate to be on narcotics my entire life, but at least I HAVE a life. I can't say what you should do, of course, but for some of you that are long term sufferers, the pain control methods might be your best hope, too. Best wishes to all of you, Cindy

Name: Tami N
Date: Thursday, February 3, 19100 at 18:55:08
Comments:
It has been a little over 2 months since my surgery. I am full weight bearing and only limp when I am very tired. The morning pain is completely different. It is 75% reduced and I do not have to hop around. I am very bothered by so many reports of people experiencing so much pain post-op and being unable to bear weight for so long. I don't mean to sound negative, but it seems like a lot of these people had surgery performed by a DPM. These people are not MDs. I am a nurse for an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in joint replacement. He sent me to a board certified orthopedic surgeon who had done a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery. He says these are the only people qualified to perform foot surgery. Perhaps if one is still not improving after a significant time post-op they should seek a consultation with the above type of surgeon. good luck to all.

Name: Sandy
Email:sandysfam@mailcity.com
Date: Wednesday, February 2, 19100 at 00:27:13
Comments:
I had my 3/4 pf release on both feet a year ago December 29 and am happy to report that I am 100% "heeled". I had injured both feet running and was off them for 4 years. I now have a normal life, hiking, tennis, waterskiing, etc. I encourage anyone suffering with pf to go for it!! It's uncomfortable for about 8 months (and that is the reality of it) but the payoff is wonderful! Can am now wearing cute shoes, going barefoot for during the am and pm after work and able to keep up with my kids. Feel free to e-mail me. there is no reason to hurt!! I HAVE MY LIFE BACK!

Name: Colleen
Email:neellocmg@aol.com
Date: Saturday, January 29, 19100 at 10:45:28
Comments:
Just a follow up. It's been a little over ten weeks since I've had my partial release and nerve release. I went back to work almost two weeks ago. My heel felt pretty descent until I went back to work. I had a lot of heel and ankle pain. I do wear a foot and ankle compression sock for some added support. I went to see my DPM on Tuesday. He gave me an anti inflammatory injection to get the inflammation down. He thinks that the flare up was caused from too much too quick. I went from doing nothing to being on my feet for ten hours a day. As of now it feels better. My doctor said that i should start to notice a big difference within the next two to four months. Will keep you posted.

Name: Amy Rebella
Email:arebella@bigfoot.com
Date: Thursday, January 27, 19100 at 12:52:42
Comments:
More progress! After a little more than a month, I am now able to walk well without crutches. The bottom of my foot is still tender, but it isn't painful like it was before the PF release. The only things that are still bothersome are the incision site (4"+ of the inside of my ankle, was a nerve entrapment release as well) which is very tight when I wake up in the morning. Rubbing oil (vitamin E) on the scar seems to help it a great deal so it doesn't bother me as much when I remember to do that! The other thing is the swelling around the incision. For no reason I can fathom, it starts to swell significantly on the upper part of the cut. If I elevate it, massage or ice, the swelling subsides immediately. Hopefully the progress will continue. I want very much for a success story... I don't see as many here as I hoped. I'll keep all of you posted. Amy

Name: Lori S
Email:lssteadman@mindspring.com
Date: Friday, January 21, 19100 at 20:55:44
Comments:
On Monday, it will be 9 months since my bone spur removal and 2/3 release surgery. I feel that I have about 85% less pain than before surgery. At about 6 months post op I noticed the most improvement. No pain anymore, just some soreness at the end of a long day of teaching and a mile walk with my dogs. I found that accupuncture helped my non-surgeried foot quite a bit. Wish I had done that before the surgery. There is hope for PF and bone spurs! Lori

Name: Allie
Email:teaguea@k12tn.net
Date: Thursday, January 20, 19100 at 13:04:17
Comments:
I would like to hear from anyone who has suffered or is suffering from plantar fascitis as well as tarsal tunnel. What courses of treatment have you tried? What type of surgery, if any, did you have? What type of results have you had? The onset of my pain was two years ago and I saw my doctor who told me to lose weight and the pain would be better. So I decided to walk - wrong choice. Needless to say that after about two days I couldn't stand it anymore. I changed doctors and since then I've tried Relafin (1500mg daily), 2 cortizone injections, a steroid treatment...I've been casted for 6 weeks, I've tried the insoles...After being casted I was sent home with one exercise to do to gain ROM and strenght. Now I'm in a walking boot and in physical therapy - this is my fifth week. I saw my doctor yesterday and I am going next week for another emg. My next step is surgery and I need some answers before I can decide whether to do it or not. I am wondering if it helps. What are complications that you have faced? What are limitations that you have now? What questions do I need to ask prior to committing to surgery? Please let me know quickly! Thank you. I'm encouraged by reading this site - not that all of you suffer like me, but that I'm not crazy to complain so and go through so much for "just" foot pain. I pray that God would encourage each of us through each other!

Name: Holli Hatfield
Email:holli_hatfield@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday, January 9, 19100 at 23:49:41
Comments:
I have recently had laser surgery on my face. The doctor informed me that I woke up during surgery kicking, screaming, and punching. The nurses had to hold me down and I was then given extra anesthetic to keep me asleep through the rest of the surgery. When I woke up I was cracking one joke or csarcastic remark after the other. What could they have given me to earase my memory so well? Will it come back to me? Did it do any permanant damage? I am so inquisitive because when I came out of surgery, and at each of my post opp apointments everyone including five different nurses and the doctor were asking me with worried looks on their faces if I remembered anything from surgery such as waking up during surgery. They all seemed to be walking on broken glass accept for the erogant doctor. I would really really appreciate an answer. Thank You.

Name: Colleen
Email:neellocmg@aol.com
Date: Saturday, January 8, 19100 at 21:46:48
Comments:
I am 7 1/2 weeks post op. The bottom of my heel felt good until about a week ago. NOw I have the same kind of heel pain as I did before the surgery but much worse, along with all other kinds of pains throughout my foot and ankle. Does anyone know if it is normal to have severe heel pain this long after the surgery? I am becoming very depressed and have just been put on medication. I am supposed to be returning to work on Jan.18, but with all this pain I don't see how I can be on my feet for 10 hours a day. My employer is on my case asking me when I am going to come back because it was "only foot surgery." They told me that if I am not back before twelve weeks that I will no longer have my job. They put me out on family leave. I am so aggravated. Please email me with answers to my question. Thanks.

Name: Tiffinee
Email:tcb30@aol.com
Date: Saturday, January 8, 19100 at 13:59:08
Comments:
I had EPF left foot Monday December 27. My doctor instructed me to stay in bed with ice, elevation, and BK cast until I saw him 7 days later. At his office I had a dressing change. Three days later I could remove the ace bandage and shower, while returning to his office in 8 days. I have just had slight little twinges in my foot, but I haven't been weight bearing either. Unfortunately yesterday I tried to make my way to the front door to get a package that was delivered and lost my balance and landed on my left foot. Of course I was wearing the cast, but I have had pain in my heel and the bottom of my foot since. I hope that I didn't undo some of the heeling that had taken place over the past 11 days. That is my greatest fear, because I will be returning to work January 24th. Oh well; I'll just hope for the best. Good luck to all!

Name: Sara
Email:gracheks@netlinkcom.com
Date: Wednesday, January 5, 19100 at 20:32:58
Comments:
Have had two appointments since my last post and also started PT. The PT seems to be helping some - have exercises to do plus phonophoresis (dexemethasone) on the bottom and top of my foot. Most of my weight still seems to be on the outside of my foot. If I touch around the medial portal I get a zinging pins/needles feeling with no pain on my heel pad area and a tugging feeling on the lateral side where the fascia is still attached - this hasn't improved at all. The arch of my foot closer to my big toe seems to spasm every once in a while, and I still get a shooting pain on top of my foot every so often. I've been able to get on a NordicTrac and go for about 15 minutes/1+ miles with minimal discomfort/pain. Overall, it's improving, but I know there's still a long road ahead before things are completely back to normal (if they even get to that point). If anybody has experience with nerve damage from surgery, I'd really like to hear from them.

Name: carol bryan
Date: Tuesday, January 4, 19100 at 22:20:04
Comments:
Had surgery in nov 99 and cannot walk on my heal it has a lump on the side of my foot has any one ever had surgery to correct what was done the first time.

Name: carol bryan
Email:cajmcj@mail.com
Date: Tuesday, January 4, 19100 at 22:19:20
Comments:
Had surgery in nov 99 and cannot walk on my heal it has a lump on the side of my foot has any one ever had surgery to correct what was done the first time.

Name: Beverly
Email:dberry@fbtc.net
Date: Tuesday, January 4, 19100 at 14:15:57
Comments:
I had plantar release surgery in August. Afterwards, I still had the original problem plus pain on the outside edge of my foot, a feeling of half a marble being stuck on the bottom of my foot right on the bone below my little toe, and my ankle popping loudly if I was barefoot. The plantar pain is better after ANOTHER injection(at least this one was needleless), but I still have the other problems. My dr. says I have him stumped. Has anyone else had these symptoms after surgery that could give me a clue at to what is causing it?

Name: Michael Maddox
Email:mmmaddox@swbell.net
Date: Tuesday, January 4, 19100 at 00:28:18
Comments:
BEWARE!!!! DPM'S will swear that SURGERY will cure the BONE SPURS,BUT they do not tell you that they will damage the nerves which will not heal.Then getting medical help or getting retraining into a job that does not require standing is difficult or impossible. ITS FUNNY how the DPM'S always keep yopu happy until they run out of reasons to charge the insurance companies then out you go. BEWARE OF DOCTORS!!!!!!!!

Name: Amy Rebella
Email:cybrstnk@dwave.net
Date: Thursday, December 30, 1999 at 20:22:04
Comments:
I had plantar fascial release and nerve entrapment release on December 20th and I am doing fairly well. I was on painkillers only the day of surgery and iced it constantly. I am walking on it (75% weightbearing) -- but as I see some of the comments listed, I also am forced to walk on the outside of my foot. I am not yet walking on my heel, but I think that will come along in time. Does anyone have advise on exercises, or is this too early to work on? Doc did not prescribe PT, although that's how I got into this situation in the first place! Thanks for any advise. Amy

Name: Colleen
Email:neellocmg@aol.com
Date: Wednesday, December 29, 1999 at 15:41:31
Comments:
Just an update. I went to the doctor on Dec. 23 for a follow up since my Nov. 17 surgery. I told him about the pain that I am experiencing in the outside of my foot and ankle. My doctor told me that it is infact muscle pain. He showed me where the muscles where in a book. He said that my Peroneal muscles are tight. There are two of these muscles. One is attached to the bottom of the ankle and the other goes under the foot. THe doctor gave me exercises to do in addition to the stretching that I have been doing. I have noticed a difference in the amount of pain in my foot. Another wierd thing is that my two little toes have been twitching for the past year every time I cross my legs. My doctor thought the twitching was due the nerve entrapment that I had. He was surprised when I told him that I had no relief. He then thought that it could be a posture problem in my hips. He recommended that I see my primary physician. Well since I've been doing these exercises my toes have not twitched. I kind of slacked yesterday with the additional exercises and when I crossed my legs this morning my toes immediately began to twitch. I did my exercises once today and when I crossed my legs there was no twitching. How strange. I just wanted to share that with all of you. I will still bring this up with my doctor. Sorry that I've babbled for so long. Happy New Year to all.

Name: Jim Denny
Email:jim.denny@ssa.gov
Date: Tuesday, December 28, 1999 at 13:55:22
Comments:
Well, it's been about 6 months since I last posted. My condition remains stable, with a lot of scar tissue build-up at the site of the incision and lumpiness. For those who may have read some of my earlier postings, my PF surgery was 11 years ago (1988). My contribution to the surgery guestbook is that of the long-term post-PF patient. I was very interested in the comment by Colleen (12/19) regarding her problem with trying to put her foot flat on the ground. That is a problem you get because the PF surgery shortens the arch. You are forced to walk on the outside of your foot instead. This may not be too bad at first but inevitably, worsens over time. The outside of the foot isn't meant to take the full impact of your footfall and stride. Colleen, if you read this, this isn't a good thing, especially when you notice it this soon after your surgery. I would encourage you to do stretching exercises to try to help lengthen your arch and to keep it supple. I have had to go to new orthotics that help somewhat. But doing daily or every-other day stretching exercises is essential to try to normalize my gait to the greatest extent possible. If I had known in 1988 what I know now, I would not have had plantar fasciotomy surgery. I would encourage people to go and read the advice from Jack, the Footstore Doc who has multiple postings in early December. Bye for now, JIM

Name: James L. Vanemon
Email:jvanemon@cub.kcnet.org
Date: Monday, December 27, 1999 at 18:05:57
Comments:
My wife had heel pain for about 6 months, I tryed most every thing I could think of nothing was working, Her foot dr. Wasn't doing much either, I as Chiropractor was doing nothing also. I also work with Homeopathy. I found a remedy called Aristolchia a 12 c potency, Given about once or twice aday for about two months, All pain is gone. Thought it might be of help to some one Have a nice New Year ( DR. JIM )

Name: Sara
Email:gracheks@netlinkcom.com
Date: Friday, December 24, 1999 at 09:24:38
Comments:
I had my EPF on October 26th, 1999, on my right foot. I had about 3/4 of the ligament released according to my DPM. I was in bandages and a surgical shoe for about a week, then into a wrap w/ surgical shoe for another week. Initially, I could barely walk so I used my removable cast for the third postop week. That helped some. About two weeks ago, with the recovery still not going well, I was put in a hard cast for a week. I'm now back into the removable cast alternating with a shoe when I can tolerate it (and I can tolerate quite a bit of pain!). My DPM seems to be at a loss as to why my foot is worse now than before the surgery. I know he has contacted other colleagues - one out of state. He wants to try PT for three weeks do cortisone treatment to the top and bottom of the foot. My current symptoms are that my foot feels like it's in one big knot. I'm having some trouble walking - my ankle and foot feel all wobbly/weak. I think I have Morton's neuroma - every so often a nerve on the top of my foot goes off and is painful. The top of my foot feels cramped and tight. I'm wondering if this could have occured from the night splint earlier on in treatment? I did get a neuroma from it then, but it seemed to have healed. The area around the arch of my foot hurts. If I rub around the medial incision area, I can feel a funny twinging through the incision area and on the outside of my foot where the ligament is still connected. It doesn't hurt but it is a very odd feeling. He has me rubbing vitamin E on it to break up the scar tissue. He also suggested that the tension on the ligament may have transfered to the muscle structure under the ligament. Or that possibly a bone (cuboid?) may have tilted down and is putting the pressure on the top of my foot. At this point I am at a complete loss and am incredibly frustrated and depressed. I am a very active person normally, not overweight, not a runner, in my 30s - didn't fit the description of someone who typically gets PF. I'm also concerned with all the great things you hear on the Internet about this surgery. It hasn't been great for me. I hope that I'm not stuck in this condition for the rest of my life.

Name: Colleen
Email:neellocmg@aol.com
Date: Sunday, December 19, 1999 at 19:59:22
Comments:
Just a follow up. It's been a little more than a month since I had a partial release and nerve release. I guess that I am walking okay. I still wake up with a quit a bit of pain when I first stand up. After about about 2 hours the pain subsides. If I am on my feet for more than an hour at a time then the pain comes back. I did notice that I am walking on the outside of my foot. I can't get my foot down flat on the floor. I go back to the dr on Thursday, I'll see what he says. Did anyone else still have pain in the morning? Write me with any encouraging words. I am getting totally frustrated.

Name: Bill Crews
Email:bcrews@sprintmail.com
Date: Sunday, December 19, 1999 at 19:55:16
Comments:
Hand my EPF on Nov 2, 1999. Was in the "boot" for about four weeks while bearing some pressure. At first I had to have a cast cut off because of swelling. I still am having pain but is not the same as from the spur. This is muscular. My ankel, knee and sometimes the hip aches from dawn to dusk. My Doc says to get some PT for stretching. I may be walking funny because of the pain causing more pain. What a cycle! From the posts it looks like I have a ways to go. My job requires me to be on my feet much of the day so I guess it means a little suffering. Have meany list members used the ibuprofen cream? Thanks for listening.

Name: Jen
Email:JRegan4@aol.com
Date: Sunday, December 19, 1999 at 00:21:37
Comments:
Hey everyone. It's funny. I read through these messages and I can relate SO MUCH. I am 20... in college - and have been vey active all of my life. I played 3 sports in high school - and just play one here in college (lacrosse). Anyway - I guess I overtrained last yr. because I was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis in preseason back then. So - the trainers, orthopedics, and doctors all tried every possible therapy on my feet (I have it in both feet) during last season. I did everything from stretching to ice baths to massaging with a golf ball to ultrasound, steroids, NSAIDS, cortizone injections (that did nothing for me), etc. You name it, and I tried it. The training room became my second home. I am naturally a very active person, so I played through the pain last season. I couldn't bear to sit out. It got to a point where I sat out of practices so I could play in a game the next day. (Which, I am sure was dumb, because I only caused more damage to my feet by playing at all). And when I played, I popped so many pills before games it was ridiculous... just so I wouldn't feel as much pain while I was playing. (Which was also dumb - cuz I just played through pain and continued to tear my fascia.) Anyway... I decided to rest my feet during the summer. I cut back on running and all of that. However, the pain continued to worsen. Then, this pre-season rolled around... I think I practiced in 2 practices and had to come off the field both times in tears because of the pain. I could hardly walk. So the doctor totally banned me from practice, from any running, from basically everything. (All I have been doing is an arm machine thing, and lifting. ) This basically killed me. I hate being inactive, and it was extremely painful to watch my teammates play while I sat on the sidelines. So - my condition didn't improve. So they decided to put just my left foot in a boot for 5 weeks. That didn't help much. A little, but not much at all. So - since I really want to be able to play ball this spring, we chose that the last resort was surgery. I figured it was worth a shot - since nothing else has helped. So, I had surgery only in my left (because it is worst on my left heel). That was about a month ago. After surgery - I was put in a hard cast - and I still am in one. I was on crutches for 3 weeks - non weight bearing. That was rough. It was tough to get around to classes. Anyway... so then after that, They took stitches out, and put me back in a hard cast, and now I can weight bear on this foot. However, the cast stays on for another 4 weeks or so. So let me recap... I have been unable to run, crosstrain, etc (not even bike)..for.. more than a few months now... i was in a walking boot for 5 wks, a hard cast for about 5 more weeks... and more weeks to come. I am not allowed to start getting back into lacrosse until like, the end of Feb. :( (that is if things heal up correctly) My ankle must be so incredibly weak... and my calf muscles have shrunken and are also weak. The bottom of my foot is black and blue, and it hurts to touch the bottom near my toes. I'm not looking forward to this long recovery process. They say they don't even know if it is going to work. After all this, I really hope it does. I don't really know why I am writing. Maybe I am just babbling... maybe I just feel like writing 'cuz I feel like I have been getting real bummed out by this lately. I can't stand not working out. It is eating away at me. This whole thing is so difficult. So - I guess that is my story. Um - I guess you can right back if you feel like it... :) I wish everyone luck with their own situations. Hang in there... chin up... Take care, ... Jen :)

Name: Jeff
Email:jjip0296@aol.com
Date: Wednesday, December 15, 1999 at 01:29:14
Comments:
Update I had surgery about 8 weeks ago. I had both feet p/r and removed heel spurs. I am putting full weight on both feet. At the end of the day my feet hurt but no pain in AM. I would do surgery again, only sooner than two years.

Name: Paula E.
Email:emery@eagnet.com
Date: Thursday, December 9, 1999 at 22:04:25
Comments:
I guess I should have said that my surgery was bilateral. I am also getting swelling on the right foot just near the incision site. It swells quite a bit and makes it feel like I am walking on a nerve or something. Very uncomfortable. Any ideas?

Name: Paula E.
Email:emery@eagnet.com
Date: Thursday, December 9, 1999 at 21:45:23
Comments:
I visited this site pretty often before my surgery but got so discouraged and worried that I didn't come for a while. I had the surgery in mid July and it did take care of my PF (no spurs, just release) My heels are pretty much pain free. Now I have another problem. I think I remember seeing something about it months back but I can't remember what. I have a great deal of pain in the TOP of my foot. Especially along the bone from my big toes to my ankle. I can't put weight on it in the morning until I do some serious stretching and even then it is very painful until I get going. I have been told tendonitis and I have been to physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, new orthotics, ultrasound, galvanic therapy....I feel like I am right back where I started again. Has anyone experienced anything like this and have any insight? I too am just on the quest for a pain free life! I can't remember the last time I walked without thinking about it.

Name: Tami N
Email:taminowlin@mail.com
Date: Thursday, December 9, 1999 at 18:58:47
Comments:
An update on my progess. Surgery was 15 days ago. I am 80-90% weight bearing on my heel. I am working on eliminating the limp now. My morning pain is already improved. I am working on my feet 8 hours a day. I am occasionally taking a Vicodin in the afternoon. I am encouraged.

Name: kim
Email:seamist38@aol.com
Date: Tuesday, December 7, 1999 at 19:05:35
Comments:
Latest update, I went to the doctor again today. I had a MRI done to see why I am still in pain after 9 weeks. There is a spot on the opposite side of the heel where I had sugery. It is very painful. I went back to work only for a week then I was on vacation for a week, but in pain the whole time . Then returned to work only for a day, After my boss screammed at me for sitting down for four minutes, because I was in severe pain. So I called the doctor and said I needed to be seen as soon as possible. They took me the same day. And he took me off work again. Now after three weeks off again I will try and return tomorow. One thing that helped me was I bought a good pair of shoes. They didn't have birks in my size so I bought Haflinger clogs. they are very comfortable.I keep them right beside my bed,when I get up in the morning, I slip my feet right into them. It really helps to relieve the morning pain. I really never take them off. I ordered a pair of Birks for around the house, and I ordered a pair od Dansko work clogs for work. I heard they were a good shoe also. A woman at the sales store says one of her customers ordered 100 pair for a hotel in pittsburgh. He said, it will make your spurs go away. So I hope all of these good shoes help me. I am willing to pay anything at this point. Just to be out of pain forever. Thanks for listening Kim

Name: Colleen Gregor
Email:Neellocmg@aol.com
Date: Friday, December 3, 1999 at 20:59:04
Comments:
I had surgery for my plantar fasciitis and nerve entrapment on Novememer 17, 1999. I was I just got my stitches out today. It feels pretty good except for my bruises and a little pain. My foot is in a boot. The doctor said that next Wednesday I can begin minimal weight baring. I was wondering if anyone had any pain from the heel up toward the big toe? And if anyone had a nerve entrapment and how long it took for your toes to stop twitching. I would appreciate any help anyone can give me. I'm only 22. I too young to have problems with my feet. Help!

Name: Tami N
Email:taminowlin@mail.com
Date: Thursday, December 2, 1999 at 17:52:45
Comments:
I had a traditional partial PF release and nerve release 11/24/99. I think I really had an easy time of it. I did not enter into this lightly. I have tried all conservative Rx for 5 yrs. I went back to work 11/29/99. I am a R.N. in a busy orthopaedic clinic. I walked on my toes Mon. and have been increasing my weight bearing daily. Today I was about 75% weight bearing on my heel. I was back in my Nikes Tues. I am taking 2-3 Vicodin a day. I can be a real weenie, but my wisdom teeth were worse than this. Hopefully, I will continue to improve like this. Wish me luck.

Name: Tami N
Date: Thursday, December 2, 1999 at 17:45:53
Comments:

Name: jack
Email:footstore@charleston.net
Date: Wednesday, December 1, 1999 at 19:47:28
Comments:
I really can't believe that all of you people have had surgery. There is no turning back after the knife! Maybe I have a warped view because I do this for a living and see all the surgeries that do not work. My avice is to try orthotics from someone who is qualified (not your doctor but an Orthotist or Pedorthist who has a college education) This is the person who will actually make the orthotic. They must understand the biomechanics fully. I have the worst case I have ever seen and I have no pain and I see 30 to 50 cases a week. This comes from working hard adjustments of the orthotics until they are just right! THERE IS NO TURNING BACK AFTER THEY CUT!!!

Name: jack
Email:footstore@charleston.net
Date: Wednesday, December 1, 1999 at 19:47:08
Comments:
I really can't believe that all of you people have had surgery. There is no turning back after the knife! Maybe I have a warped view because I do this for a living and see all the surgeries that do not work. My avice is to try orthotics from someone who is qualified (not your doctor but an Orthotist or Pedorthist who has a college education) This is the person who will actually make the orthotic. They must understand the biomechanics fully. I have the worst case I have ever seen and I have no pain and I see 30 to 50 cases a week. This comes from working hard adjustments of the orthotics until they are just right! THERE IS NO TURNING BACK AFTER THEY CUT!!!

Name: jack
Email:footstore@charleston.net
Date: Wednesday, December 1, 1999 at 19:43:05
Comments:
I really can't believe that all of you people have had surgery. There is no turning back after the knife! Maybe I have a warped view because I do this for a living and see all the surgeries that do not work. My avice is to try orthotics from someone who is qualified (not your doctor but an Orthotist or Pedorthist who has a college education) This is the person who will actually make the orthotic. They must understand the biomechanics fully. I have the worst case I have ever seen and I see 30 to 50 cases a week. THERE IS NO TURNING BACK AFTER THEY CUT!!!

Name: Peggy Dennis
Email:jabrad@bellsouth.net
Date: Tuesday, November 30, 1999 at 19:23:27
Comments:
Sorry I haven't posted in awhile. I've just been so busy running around, shopping, walking, EVERYTHING!! Life is great! It's been almost 8 months since I had the partial release on the left foot. The doctor was right--it really does take at least 6 months to get back to normal. I'm not having ANY pain now. I've even been walking anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour a day most days. I may skip a day now and then. I've been shopping too. It's great to be able to shop and not have my feet scream at me at night. I've been wearing my tennis shoes all along. But guess what I bought today???! Two new pairs of "regular" shoes, like normal people wear!!! Can't wait to wear them. I paced around in them in the store forever to be sure they didn't bother my feet. Also, I've read where some people had to ice their feet. I never had to ice my feet except for the first month or so. But I did take it REAL slow. I only started my walking program 6 weeks ago and was afraid to post right away. I wanted to be sure I would be able to walk with no pain before I reported. Can't remember for sure, but I believe I was on crutches the first 10 days or so, with the boot. Then had to wear the boot 6 weeks. But I stayed off my feet as much as possible till a couple of months or so ago. Then I started slowly getting back to things. Of course, I was going to the grocery store after a couple of months. But I didn't stay in there long! I got my stuff and left! So there is hope! Just be patient. I would definitely do the surgery if I had it to do over. I was unable to walk 5 minutes without pain before. Now, I walk about an hour a day! No pain, no ice and no painkillers or shots....I love it! Okay, I'll stop chirping now...Good luck everyone!

Name: Phyl
Email:pzumbolo@telenet.net
Date: Sunday, November 28, 1999 at 10:47:16
Comments:
I had complete release surgery in July. Little be little I have been improving. Am happy to say that I survived Christmas shopping for a whole day on my feet with a little discomfort. The aching was more from my hip than my heel. Does anyone out there have any suggestions for an arch insert for dress shoes. My son will be getting married in Feb. and I would like to wear a shoe with a liitle heel, however I do think I will need some support for a day in these shoes. Let me know if you have had any experience with dress shoes (approx. 1" to 2" heel) Thank You

Name: Barbara Kinney
Email:airgraphics@netscape.net
Date: Tuesday, November 23, 1999 at 19:53:37
Comments:
Hello fellow PF suffers, My name is Barbara and I am now 7 days post op I had a complete release Plantar Fasciotomy after 3 years of dealing with great pain in my right heel and on the back of my heel, like someone hit me in the back of my foot with a shopping cart, my first Dr was a Dr of Podiatry, he injected my heel with cortizone boy was that painfull and fit me for orthodics, I did not have great results with the orthodics but my shot took away the pain for almost a year, the pain slowly appeared once again but this time it seemed much worse I started seeing the Dr once again and all he wanted to do is give me another shot and a remembered that pain all to well and was afraid to get another I considered the pain of the shots up there with childbirth!! I kept going to the Doc because I was also suffering from tendon strain in my left foot from favoring my bad foot. That treatment was alot of waisted time in my eyes, I got so sick of always being in so much pain I decided to go see a Orthopedic surgen He wanted to start me out with( the shot ) He wanted to give it a try before anything else it did not even last a week, next we tried a cast for 4 weeks my results were good but for only a week the next step in my treatment was surgery. I said ok to go ahead and schedual it, I came home and got on the computer to find out anything I could about the surgery and I found this website, I read every message and it scared the hell out of me. after reading all of them I got alot of imformation to ask my Dr about,I was happy he was going to do a full release, because out of everyones messages they got the best result overall in my eyes. My surgery went well I had a good amount of pain the first 4 days but is was nothing Vicodin could not kill. yesterday I went to my first dr appt I am healing well I am also taking 4000mg of vitamin C to help with that, I go back to the Dr next monday for a recheck, my first week I did not put any weight on my foot my Dr tells me to add weight as I can, I am not wearing any form of cast or support like alot of other people I have read about in these messages. The only things I am having now is numbness in my heel I think it is caused from the swelling left from my surgery I also have weakness in my foot And that is probably very normal to. I want to wish every one of you that has got to the point of deciding to having any form of this surgery the best of luck! Just remember to find a good Dr and my choice is a Orthopedic surgen over a Podiatrist. Thanks for listning to my story, we all have our own and can relate to each other because we share the same pain in one form or another. Happy Thanksgiving To All Of You!! Barbara

Name: Barbara Kinney
Email:airgraphics@netscape.net
Date: Tuesday, November 23, 1999 at 19:53:34
Comments:
Hello fellow PF suffers, My name is Barbara and I am now 7 days post op I had a complete release Plantar Fasciotomy after 3 years of dealing with great pain in my right heel and on the back of my heel, like someone hit me in the back of my foot with a shopping cart, my first Dr was a Dr of Podiatry, he injected my heel with cortizone boy was that painfull and fit me for orthodics, I did not have great results with the orthodics but my shot took away the pain for almost a year, the pain slowly appeared once again but this time it seemed much worse I started seeing the Dr once again and all he wanted to do is give me another shot and a remembered that pain all to well and was afraid to get another I considered the pain of the shots up there with childbirth!! I kept going to the Doc because I was also suffering from tendon strain in my left foot from favoring my bad foot. That treatment was alot of waisted time in my eyes, I got so sick of always being in so much pain I decided to go see a Orthopedic surgen He wanted to start me out with( the shot ) He wanted to give it a try before anything else it did not even last a week, next we tried a cast for 4 weeks my results were good but for only a week the next step in my treatment was surgery. I said ok to go ahead and schedual it, I came home and got on the computer to find out anything I could about the surgery and I found this website, I read every message and it scared the hell out of me. after reading all of them I got alot of imformation to ask my Dr about,I was happy he was going to do a full release, because out of everyones messages they got the best result overall in my eyes. My surgery went well I had a good amount of pain the first 4 days but is was nothing Vicodin could not kill. yesterday I went to my first dr appt I am healing well I am also taking 4000mg of vitamin C to help with that, I go back to the Dr next monday for a recheck, my first week I did not put any weight on my foot my Dr tells me to add weight as I can, I am not wearing any form of cast or support like alot of other people I have read about in these messages. The only things I am having now is numbness in my heel I think it is caused from the swelling left from my surgery I also have weakness in my foot And that is probably very normal to. I want to wish every one of you that has got to the point of deciding to having any form of this surgery the best of luck! Just remember to find a good Dr and my choice is a Orthopedic surgen over a Podiatrist. Thanks for listning to my story, we all have our own and can relate to each other because we share the same pain in one form or another. Happy Thanksgiving To All Of You!! Barbara

Name: Lori
Date: Sunday, November 21, 1999 at 18:59:04
Comments:
It's been 6 months and 3 weeks since my 2/3 release and bone spur removal surgery. I did this after suffering over 10 years. The surgery didn't hurt at all. I had no pain and needed no pain meds. I was off my feet for 3 weeks. My other foot started hurting during this time (it also has a spur and PF pain but not as bad). My Dr. said I would heal between 6 months and 1 year. I've had relapses but the pain/soreness has not been as bad as it was before surgery. At 6 months I started noticing that I had hardly any soreness in the AM which was a surprise. Today I walked over 2 miles without any problems. I ice my feet every night. I also started to use a hand held heat massager (from GNC $19.95) about 2 weeks ago. I can say that I feel that I'm on the mend. I see the light at the end of the tunnel. My advice? Don't do surgery until you have reached the "end of your rope." Make sure you have good references for your Dr. Realize that it could take up to a year to feel relief. It's a slow process. Also, try accupuncture first. (I did 4 treatments on my other foot and there has been no pain since). Good luck!

Name: Gina
Email:Gina.alston@juno.com
Date: Sunday, November 21, 1999 at 02:07:46
Comments:
Hi, It has been a little over 7 weeks since my PF surg. and I was feeling better... but then I went bare foot for a few days without my boot.. and oh my Gosh... I cant walk on it right now... so Im back in my boot and on crutches..I guess it was to soon... I was really hoping for a lot more relief in my heel by now.... the pain isnt even in the same place that it hurt before surg.... It is more on the outside of my foot and heel... it is my right foot and I am just starting to drive again... I was really hoping that I could go Grocery shopping without pain.. I had to stop for a pain meds and ice.... I was hoping to report really Good news.. I am still doing the physical theropy thing... although they really worked me to hard... (I feel) Iced for 10 min there, then came home iced it again.. took Morphine that day... And tonight here I am again Vicodem and morphine to sleep and stand the pain.. Geeze when oh When will I feel relief???? Guess not before This upcomming holiday.. Happy Thanksgiving All!!!!!!

Name: Susan Gooch
Email:susangooch@onebox.com
Date: Saturday, November 20, 1999 at 15:01:47
Comments:
I had surgery on both heels for bone spurs on July 15, 1999, the surgeon i feel was less than honest with me on recovery time. my feet are still swollen and i am taking vioxx and vicodin for the constant pain. i am now trying a herbal regimine of bromelain to see if that will help. my feet are in constant pain and the doctor just tells me it's because of the change in the weather. any suggestions ?

Name: Carolyn Matthew
Email:ecmatt@webtv.net
Date: Sunday, November 14, 1999 at 12:15:13
Comments:
I had 3 spurs removed from my L.foot Oct.21,99. One of the spurs was into the achilles tendon, which part of the tendon was removed to get to the spur.I'm nonwt. bearing for 4weeks then can apply 30% weight. Since surgry I have had less pain than prior to surgry. I've to date taken 4 pain pills. My biggest concern is dislocating the tendon before it's healed. 4 days postop I fell,the doc checked to make sure the tendon was still in place, it was Thank God. My foot keeps slipping up in the cast boot, I'm concerned about the tendon shortening due to this problem. Probably the above sounds like a worrywort. Thanks for the opportnity to voice my concerns

Name: Kevin O'Donnell
Email:nova-ko@intrex.net
Date: Friday, November 12, 1999 at 21:09:45
Comments:
I had heel spur surgery on my right foot eight years ago. It was a complete success. Two months after surgery I was running once again. In Sept. of this year I had heel spur surgery on my left foot. No apparent success this time. My physician thinks that the problem is now not the PF, but is instead bursitis. Does anyone out there have a similar story. Any advice? I am frustrated as I was expecting to be in less pain by now. I am tired of shots, splints, etc. as nothing seems to be working with the left foot.

Name: Kim Milone
Email:seamist38@aol.com
Date: Friday, November 12, 1999 at 13:27:37
Comments:
After suffering for months with heel spur pain , I finally decided to have sugery. On October 1st. I went in for the sugery, the sugery wasn't bad at all. All I was worried about was the shot I was Going to recieve, I had nightmares all night. And I worried for nothing, the shot was nothing at all. Well so far I am not on as much pain, because he had removed a large tumor, that was pressing against my nerve. He said he knows why I was in so much pain now. I tries to return to work 3 weeks after my sugery but I couldn't stand more than one hour without being in severe pain. So now I'm off work again, there is still one spot in my foot that still bothers me really bad. He took an x-ray but it showed nothing. All I want is for all of my pain to go away, so I can get back to a normal life . Without limping and being in constant pain. I still feel there is still something wrong with my foot, perhaps another tumor or the nerves or something. I have read on tne net about the brinkston sandals I am willing to give them a try I sent for a catalouge, I don't care how much they cost I just want to be out of pain. The doctor says it will take time to heal, I will post messages later to let you know how I feel. thank you for listening. Kim Milone

Name: Sue
Email:Coujur@aol.com
Date: Tuesday, November 9, 1999 at 21:22:05
Comments:
It's been over a year since I posted a message here - I just wanted to let people know that there is hope with PF!! I had the conventional surgery on my right foot January 1998 - with all the ups and downs, I can still say that it is much better than prior to the surgery. I still have pain in the morning, but with stretching it's not too bad. Birks help alot too! At least I feel that I can live with this - left foot still isn't bad enough yet for the surgery, but I wouldn't hesitate if I got the same results as with the right. Did have some problems this summer with pain radiating up the inside ankle almost up to the knee - anyone else have this problem? But this gradually went away. I also have Birk insoles for my shoes - they are wonderful. I can actually go barefoot for awhile now, which is something that I thought I would never be able to do again. I realize surgery is a last resort - but I feel it was very beneficial in my case.

Name: John
Email:Deucedad@aol.com
Date: Monday, November 8, 1999 at 08:38:50
Comments:
I injured both of my fascia in May of 98', and was diagnosed with bilateral fasciitis. I went through the frustrating conservative route, physical therapy, over the counter orthotics, injections (fainted the first time!), custom orthotics, more injections (for a total of five times on each foot), and I just had the 2/3 EPF procedure on my left foot (10/26/99), which hurt the most and has a small bone spur. I have a fiberglass walking cast which has my foot stretched back at a small angle. This is intended to stretch the incision so that when it scars, there will be more length in the fascia. As I understand fasciitis, the fascia is too short and is therefor under tension/inflamed/painful. My cast is scheduled to come off on 11/13/99, and I will be wearing something called a "dyna-splint" until the middle of December. Then I'll have the other foot done. I still have pain, but am managing it with Viox and Vicodin. I have less pain now because I am weight bearing much less since the surgery. I put the surgery off as long as I could, but eventually I just couldn't walk. The injections are like having a meat thermometer shoved into your foot, but they do relieve the pain for a while (about two weeks to a month, less time the more they are done.) My Dr. would only inject me about every 8 weeks. Once between cortisone injections, she injected me with novacaine just so that I could have one day free of pain. I'd like to hear from any paramedics/firefighters/police officers who have had this done.

Name: Gina
Email:gina.alston@juno.com
Date: Friday, November 5, 1999 at 17:38:16
Comments:
Hi, it has been 5 weeks since my PF surgery... I still have my boot thing on.. and I take it off now and again.. I have been doing the PT thing.. whirlpool and exercises to stregnthen my foot... It is getting better yet at night I still require some kind of pain med. I get to see the Dr on Monday. I am anxious to see what I can do next.. It seems like this is taking forever to heal, but I know that if I just take this slow, I will be better for it.. God sure has my attn.. and a lot of needle work and visiting with my littleones..

Name: Marilyn Burson
Email:MJMIwas@aol.com
Date: Wednesday, November 3, 1999 at 23:01:03
Comments:
I had bilateral plantar fasciitis for over 2 years and tried everything imaginable (don't try those shots .. they hurt like hell and don't work longer than a week or two!) before finally having surgery ... left foot 8 weeks ago and right foot 2 weeks ago. I had approximately 2" incisions on both and had NO postop pain at either incision site, immediately after both surgeries (used 4 or 5 hydrocodone the day after surgery, then switched to ibuprofen). I used crutches for 5 days with my left foot and NEVER for my right (just jumped around on my toes till I was able to walk flat footed)... also no cast or foot support other than an ace bandage. HOWEVER ... the pain came later after both surgeries and, I gotta say, I wasn't really prepared for it (treated it with ibuprofen, elastic arch supports, and "fake" Berkies that were very soft and flexible). I think a lot of it had to do with me doing too much, too fast. I returned to work fulltime in both instances 4 days after the surgery. On my left foot, I walked a mile after 1 week and over 2 miles after 2 weeks. (My orthopod rolled his eyes when I complained about pain, after telling him I had walked approximately 10 miles 4 weeks after my left foot). I was actually doing fairly well with lefty until I did my right foot. I was then unable to walk very far again, and everything tightened WAY up. Today I had my 3rd session in physical therapy on my left foot and the improvement to my degree of flexibility is unbelievable (from -1 preop to 8 degrees at this point). Anyway, I'm still very much recuperating but am convinced my surgery was the ONLY way to go (doc told me later I had the "tightest arches" he'd ever seen). I am now walking perfectly normal and at a fairly quick pace. I still have some pain, mostly from everything feeling so tight, and also have some numbness in my left foot that is gradually going away. I haven't had any infection at all. I began washing my incisions the day after surgery (every day) with the liquid soap I was given at the hospital; kept them covered with those big flexible (knee/elbow) bandages that I also changed every day. My incisions are beautiful!! The end is in sight!!

Name: Stephanie Schlose
Email:Sschlose@aol.com
Date: Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 21:30:40
Comments:
Did anybody out there have the normal plantar fascilatomy surgery? I had my surgery on October 15th tomorrow will be two weeks. I am still none weight bearing for another two to three weeks. My stiches will come out a week from today! The first four days were terrible. Sickness from surgery and pain medication. If somebody is out there that has had this type of surgery please let me know. I also had bone remover during this surgical procedure.

Name: Linda Parson
Email:lindaparson@netscape.net
Date: Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 15:08:08
Comments:
I had Endoscopic PF surgery on Oct. 8, 1999. I am now 18 days post op. The first thing I want to say is that I feel misled by the surgery page of this website. It says that the patient would be pain free on the same day. Wearing shoes on 3-5 days. I would like to hear from anyone who did that! I couldn't fit into shoes (for the swelling & pain) for over a week. And now, 18 days later, I still can hardly walk especially am and nights. I do better in Dexter soft shoes during the day. The side of my foot hurts bad enough for narcotics at night, and my calf and shin hurt from walking wrong I guess but I can't imagine walking normal right now. I put the crutches away at 14 days because my hands and arm pits just couldn't take any more. I haven't seen my doctor since the surgery, (have talked on phone because he's 110 miles away.) I will see him for a three week check up on Thursday. I want to be well so bad, I know that I have really pushed it to the max, but I THOUGHT I was supposed to be all well by 3-4 weeks. I still have a lot of current bruising which worries me. And I'm struggling with depression because I just don't want to deal with this anymore. I am 45 years old and a very busy mom, wife and dental assistant. I'd love to hear from anyone else out there with similar experiences.

Name: Gina A
Email:Gina.Alston@Juno.com
Date: Friday, October 22, 1999 at 19:39:57
Comments:
This week has been a nightmare... I wrote last friday and I was experiencing hot pains in my heel... That night I woke up with Horindus pains... It took my breath away... My hubby took me to the ER for Dimeral injections. (2) The next 2 nights I went back for more injections. Monday I finally saw my Dr... when they took my cast off it was discustingly gross.... all this moisture and blood all over the incision it was horrible... the terry strips didnt even stick. They put a cotten thing on it and put me in a skiboot cast thing. to let it air out. Dr said it looked worse than it really was... I was still in so much pain Vicodem ES was not helping every 2-3hrs 2 pills... I Called to get another injection they gave me morphine pills..12hrs it lasts.. it was great!!!! also a Tens unit... transmiter that helped me get off my pain meds... ask your Dr about it.. I am doing so much better now.. off the meds and on the Tens unit.. I am only 36yrs old with children at home.. hubby works nights this has been a nightmare only God can make it a miricle..... I will keep you posted..... Thanks...

Name: Chuck
Email:Chuckcpi@aol.com
Date: Thursday, October 21, 1999 at 17:42:58
Comments:
I had the EPF on 9/28/99. It is now almost 4 weeks and I am walking ok. My Dr. had me walking the day after surgery. That was no picnic but I was up and around. After about 12 days I was walking pretty much ok with some discomfort at night. At 15 days I cut the grass and was still able to walk in the evening. Oh the marvels of modern medicine. It is now almost 4 weeks and I am walking ok with just a little soreness in the evening. I no longer scream when I get out of the chair after watching TV. So this surgery worked for me thanks to a well trained Dr. in this technique. Ask your Dr. question after question on his schooling, success ratio, number of this type surgery performed and when you have asked those questions ask them again.

Name: Jeff
Email:jjip0296@aol.com
Date: Thursday, October 21, 1999 at 14:41:42
Comments:
The email address is right on the 3rd try. I had the P/F release and the heel spur removed on both feet 10/2/99. I am on my feet about 5 mins per hour until I go back to the doctor on mon 10/25/99.

Name: Lola
Email:lrich@t-three.com
Date: Wednesday, October 20, 1999 at 19:41:09
Comments:
I had EPF on April 7, 1999. For several months I thought it was a failure, but my podiatrist (Dr. Dan Methusaluh) said to be patient. I am not a patient person. I had two shots of cordisone in June and for the first time, I found a doctor who could give them without any pain. Wonderful! Then, it happened. Less and less pain, more and more walking. Two weekends ago, I was in New York City. I walked from Central Park to Macy's and back (50 blocks!). I went out at 2am and walked. I walked Central Park. I walked and walked. My trim and fit husband could not keep up with me. Last weekend, I went to New Orleans taking seven students to join a thousand more. We walked and walked. Except for not being able to stand still very long, and still saying, "Ouch!" every time I get up from sitting for very long, I think I have arrived. I have my life back. It's not 100% - but it's so much better than it has been for the last seven years. With continued "patience" I expect it to get better. Every person my doctor has operated on has met with success, some more quickly than others (usually the people who follow his strict instructions- I teach and you know how teachers follow instructions!!!). I am so thankful for EPF.

Name: Brenda Herring
Email:herring@salisbury.net
Date: Monday, October 18, 1999 at 21:48:50
Comments:
I am 51yrs old and have suffered with PF for approximately 8 yrs. I have done most every kind of conservative treatment available even accupuncture and bone scans, have been to 3 orthopedics, 1 Podiatrist, and 2 Gen.Prac. The orthopedic that I've been seeing for about a year finally did a Fasciotomy on my left foot 8/10/99. I have received some actual heel relief but ankle and arch of foot still ache and hurt. I have favored my right foot so much prior to and after the surgery that it was hurting pretty bad too. I just started PT (ultrasound and Stem) two weeks ago. I would like any feed back out there as to how long, if ever, I might feel that the surgery was successful. This is and has been the most frustrating condition I've ever dealt with. It has also been very depressing for me as I have put on a lot of weight during these years and been unable to properly exercise due to the pain. Any comments would be appreciated. Thanks

Name: Gina Alston
Email:Gina.alston@juno.com
Date: Friday, October 15, 1999 at 23:38:36
Comments:
I had PF surg the 30th of Aug. 99 so I am 2 weeks or so into the recovery..... The first week I was fine.. not much pain.. but I also was appling NO weight on my foot... after the first week, I have a walking cast on (to last for 3 weeks) I am ok but my heel really hurts like burns is this normal? it is HOT the best way to discribe it.. Please someone tell me if this is normal... thanks Gina

Name: Noreen
Email:cgates1062@aol.com
Date: Friday, October 15, 1999 at 22:58:06
Comments:
I had "old type" surgery 3 days ago, in my right heel, for PF & spur. Doctor said my fascia was almost an inch thick, when normally it should be about 1/4 in. thick!! Also said it was extremely tough. I had NO pain the first night & next morning, because nerve block hadn't worn off yet. By the 2nd night, bad pain, but relieved well with percocets. Now, my foot feels tingly when I leave it down for a long time (try not to do!) I am totally non-weight bearing for the next 2 weeks. Go back to Dr. next Friday, for another dressing & cast change. He said stitches will probably come out in 2 weeks or so. My biggest problem right now is these DAMN CRUTCHES!!! My arms & armpits hurt so bad, I dread even having to get up & use them!! Any suggestions for the arm pain???? God, it's only day 3, & I can't stand it already!! Will check back here later- Pamper all those aching feet, my fellow PF sufferers! I love you all!!!

Name: Lynn F
Email:lynnf@iname.com
Date: Monday, October 11, 1999 at 14:45:36
Comments:
I'm a 48 yr. old male. After an initial injury of the R foot and going through four years of taping, shots, anti-inflammatories, etc., I had the PF release in '95. Recovery was slow but sure. Unfortunately, the long term of injury had caused me to shift too much of the burden to my left foot, and that one was now injured. I am certain that if surgery had been done earlier (a fault of the "managed" healthcare system) my left foot would have escaped unscathed. At any rate, I had a PF release on the left foot in '97. I have no regrets, have had a near-100% recovery. Sure beats being a near-cripple all that time. I do have to point out that I had an excellent surgeon, probably much better than average and that makes a big difference -- try to get the best one that you can!

Name: Jeff
Email:jjip@aol.com
Date: Sunday, October 10, 1999 at 13:49:10
Comments:
I had the pf release and heel spurs removed on Oct 7 1999. I am up walking for very short time every hour and for the next two weeks. My doc says up to one year to fully heal.

Name: Jeff
Email:jjip0296
Date: Sunday, October 10, 1999 at 13:38:17
Comments:
I had surgery for pf and removal of heel spurs on Oct 7 1999. I am up and walking for very short time every hour for the next two weeks.

Name: Merry
Email:ghoving.accn.org
Date: Thursday, October 7, 1999 at 19:07:45
Comments:
In March of '99, I had EPF done on my right foot. Since then, I have experienced many problems. Sometimes it feels like a pulled muscle in th

Name: Merry
Date: Thursday, October 7, 1999 at 10:45:06
Comments:

Name: david
Date: Wednesday, October 6, 1999 at 20:35:54
Comments:
Yesterday I was diagnosed with Plantar Fibromatosis. I have several small tumors in my feet, and "cords" in my hands. My orthopedist was quite "excited" by this because apparently it is quite rare. He called everyone in to "look at it." I am trying to get any information I can about this condition, and about the attending treatment. I have a large tumor on the soul of my foot, which I know will need to be removed, but I have no idea on the prognosis or recovery. I am looking for anyone else with firsthand experience of this disease. My Primary care Physician said she had never heard of it, which didn't give me very much confidence. Thanks David

Name: Tonya
Email:fishman68@fuse.net
Date: Tuesday, October 5, 1999 at 17:18:01
Comments:
Hi all, I had heel surgery in march of 97 and then again in april of 97 on the other foot. I stayed off my feet for 2 yrs and now I'm back working a job where I'm on my feet all night walking on hard floors. I'm having as much pain now as I had before. If anyone can give me any advice on any methods to relieve this pain I would highly appreciate it.

Name: Kim Walsh
Email:kimocean2@aol.com
Date: Monday, October 4, 1999 at 20:25:37
Comments:
I am 37 yrs old also and had plantar facial release and heel spur removal almost 6 years ago. I was on crutches for 4 weeks and was in alot of pain but it soon diminished. I had incredible relief for almost 5 years, which made the surgery very beneficial to me. I resumed running and racquetball and around the 5 year mark, the pain radiating between my heel and my knee was once again unbearable. My activities and work (standing for hours), contributed to this pain once again. Currently, I am going through the regimen of ultrasound 3 times a week, icing, cortisone shots, no prolonged walking or standing and wearing a night splint to bed. I must say after 1 1/2 months, the pain has decreased about 15% (yeah!) I still get sharp shooting pains around my heel daily, and occasional aching. I hope this program works.

Name: Wendy Lute
Email:luteclan@alltel.net
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 1999 at 03:15:13
Comments:
I had been experiencing extreme pain in my feet for 4 years, I finally got brave and went to a local doctor who was highly recommended. He dianosed me with P.F. After 6 months of seeing him, he said that he wanted to scedule me for surgery. Luckily, I went to another doctor for a second opinion,and I'm glad I did!! My P.F. wasn't as bad as the first dr. stated. Come to find out that I had stress fractures in both heels, and a shepard's fracture in my left ankle and had bone fragments "floating around". I ended up having surgery anyway, I'm going through physical therapy and had inserts made and am doing fine. I guess I'm trying to say that before you have surgery, get a second opinion, I'm glad I did. The first doctor didn't catch anything, but if he would have had up to date equipment he would have. I'm very thankful to my new doctor, he's great and I wouldn't be walking without him!!

Name: Nancy
Email:endee99@icqmail.com
Date: Monday, September 27, 1999 at 23:42:06
Comments:
I had the surgery in February 1999 and felt for months that it was a waste of time and pain. I also had the ankle pain which many of you have described perfectly! Unfortunately, I had to go back to work after 8 weeks and felt like cutting my foot off. I work on hard floors on my feet all day and 8 hours felt like 80! In August I suddenly realized one day at work that I was not limping and had little pain. I was amazed! Since then, most days I have pain, but it is more than bearable. I actually walk with a spring in my step...something that hasn't happened in years! Rainy days are the worst though. The heel and incision site aches badly but I know it is just temporary so I put up with it. I haven't taken pain medication for over 2 months (although the percodan gave me a GREAT lift in the morning! haha) I sincerely hope you will see the results that I have. My only 2 suggestions are wear Birkenstocks as much as possible and stretch often! Don't give up. I almost did and I'm so glad I stuck with it. I can actually wear REAL shoes again but prefer my Birks at home and at work!

Name: Gina
Email:prizz@deseretonline.com
Date: Monday, September 27, 1999 at 22:23:27
Comments:
I just found the best Birenstocks! They are called BETULA! They are like the traditional sandles, except they have a one inch rubber sole! They are so much softer!!! I love them and thought would share the info.

Name: Gina
Email:prizz@deseretonline.com
Date: Monday, September 27, 1999 at 21:55:25
Comments:
I had a Endoscopic Plantar Faciotomy 5 days ago. I have lived with heel pain for over 5 years, but didn't see a doctor until 2 years ago. I've worn orthotics for the past two years, and have had my feet taped while using the 16 ibuprofen's each day. I have never been caught "orthotic free"! While vacationing on a house boat on Lake Powell, my shoes that contained my orthitics broke! I knew I would be crippled if I had to go barefoot for more than 10 minutes, so I Duct-taped the orthotics to my feet! I finally decided that enough was enough! (My husband has had enough of me being grouchy because of the pain.) I finally went to get some relief.........So far so good. I hope I have a success story here. I'll keep you posted.

Name: Gina
Email:prizz@deseretonline.com
Date: Monday, September 27, 1999 at 21:53:32
Comments:
I had a Endoscopic Plantar Faciotomy 5 days ago. I lived with heel pain for over 5 years, but didn't see a doctor until 2 years ago. I wore orthotics for the two years, and have had my feet taped while using the 16 ibuprofen's each day. I have never been caught "orthotic free"! While vacationing on a house boat on Lake Powell, my shoes that contained my orthitics broke! I knew I would be crippled if I had to go barefoot for more than 10 minutes, so I Duct-taped the orthotics to my feet! I finally decided that enough was enough! (My husband has had enough of me being grouchy because of the pain.) I finally went to get some relief.........So far so good. I hope I have a success story here. I'll keep you posted.

Name: el J
Date: Monday, September 20, 1999 at 20:46:51
Comments:
I am 9 weeks post EPF surgery one of the things the ortho doc and the person who made my orthodics said was I would feel better with a shoe with a higher heel. I wear a shoe with a wedge of 1 1/4- 1 1/2 inch with an orthodotic and it does feel better. I wear clinic shoes ("renew" or "refresh" styles) or Barefoot Freedom "bounce". My favorite is the bounce because it is a much better shoe with more support and a lightweight rocker bottm. It looks good and comes in many colors. They look great with business wear..when worn with matching/contrasting hose or tights. Both shoes can be obtained from othopedic shoe stores. My feet are feeling good..I have periods of time when I actually forget about them. Full recouperation from this surgery will take up to 1 year. Recovery so far has been good. My feet no longer wake me up at night, my first morning steps are not agony (they are still a little sore for the first couple of steps)and I can walk malls/stores for hours!! I ride a stationary bike for exercise. I start physical theraphy in Oct. They will work with me on excerises for strenghtening, exercise plan and proper care for my feet. I understand PF may not ever go away completely. It may take a break for periods of time (sometimes long periods) but once you have it...you must always take care. One of the problems with this condition is sometimes not being able to pinpoint how it happened...it just did

Name: Jennifer
Email:dana436s@aol.com
Date: Sunday, September 19, 1999 at 19:15:12
Comments:
I had bilateral partial release in may 1998. I have had no relief overall. Maybe some of the sharp stabbing pain in the heels was better but then the rest of the foot hurt,(ankle, outer sides.) I just spent the last 13 weeks in a cast, the first 8 in a boot cast and then 8 in a hard cast. Since getting out of it 4 days ago I am having the stabbing heel pain again, but the ankle does feel better after being immobolized for so long. My right ankle is getting unbearable. I'm having a bone scan tomorrow and see the doctor wednesday. I feel as though he is ready to give up. He is not the same doctor who did the surgery and says it is the worst thing I could have done, which I had figured out on my own. Have been off work for 14 weeks, I work in a factory and cannot work unless i can wear steel toes,(their rule). I feel at my wits end, and my husband has had it with my complaining. It is nice to be able to come here and see that I'm not alone. I would love to hear from someone who's doctor has addressed the ankle pain.

Name: Connie
Email:cjsew@c-gate.ne
Date: Friday, September 17, 1999 at 21:32:31
Comments:
I have been fighting PF since May of '97. The whole route of treatment has been done---and I ended up having EPF and am still in a mess. The heel and the botttom of the foot doesn't hurt to bad but everthing else on the foot does. I am only comfortable without shoes on. I do realize the condition of Peripheral neuropathy hasn't helped the situation. At this point I am thankful I still have a foot and enough patience to deal with this pain---day after day---and I am glad I'm not alone with this problem.

Name: luanne
Email:LUCA322@prodigy.net
Date: Monday, September 13, 1999 at 21:08:17
Comments:
I'm a 37 years old and had been suffering with tremendous R foot pain for months, then was being treated by a podiatrist for 8 months with medications, multiple cortizine shots, orthotics to no avail. With no options left I opted for surgery (much against my will) with the greatest hope this would cure all. I'm very disappointed that at 13 weeks post op (traditional PF) I'm still out of work and in a lot of pain. Now I also have ankle pain which feels as if my anfle is sprained. So again I've been on anti-inflam. meds., multiple cortizone shots, physical therapy, 2nd pair of orthotics made and again to no avail. It's been very discouraging and depressing to feel and walk like I'm 80 years old. Now my MD has mentioned a second surgery where they make an incision on the other side of my foot to possibly reveal a ligament that my be hidden. This is a very scary thing to me right now, and again what are my options other than to wait it out a bit longer. All comments and words greatly encouraged. Thanks... (sorry I had written earlier today but left the wrong E Mail address)

Name: Leah S.
Email:swolea46@aol.com
Date: Monday, September 13, 1999 at 17:59:18
Comments:
How about that!!!! I tell Luanne to check her E-mail adress and I punched mine in wrong!!!OOPS

Name: Leah S.
Email:swolea@aol.com
Date: Monday, September 13, 1999 at 17:56:36
Comments:
Hi Luanne,I tried E-Mailing you but it said your adress was invalid.I also am 37 and 13 wks.post-op.I have no help to offer you but I can sympathize with your situation.I have found a slight relief in the original pain in my left foot after the surgery,but I too have noticed pain in my ankle and I describe it,like you, as a spra in or a twisted ankle.I have read a bit at this site about Tarsel Tunnel and will bring that up to my doc. when I see him on Mon.It is VERY frustrating to be 37 and walk around like your 77.I do try to rest it as much as possible,but with work full-time (letter carrier) and 3 young kids it is not easy.I also wear orthodics,stretch,ice,take anti-inflamitories,and have not noticed a big change.My right foot is also very pain-ful and have had my limit of cortizone and am hesitant to have the operation until I notice a change in the left. I just wanted to let you know I can identify with what your going through.Thanks for listening! (luann,check your E-mail adress)

Name: luanne
Email:luca322@prodigy.com
Date: Monday, September 13, 1999 at 12:02:47
Comments:
I am 13 wks post op for traditional PF surgery. This was the last resort after meds., shots, orthotics, and exercise all failed. Never wanting surgery, there were no options left and pain was tremendous. I am very upset now, because I still have tremendous pain every day. Post surgery Ive been through phys ther., anti-inflamatories, 2nd pair of orthotics made, cortizone shots and now on oral steroids - and still no relief. I can say that the surgery may have reduced pain by 5%. I cannot stand on my feet for more than 15 minutes, and it feels like me R ankle is always sprained. The original pain continues. I havent been able to return to work, and I'm getting really upset about my long term prognosis (37 yrs old). Plase e mail me if you share in my nightmare or can offer help. The talk of a 2nd surgery was recently mentioned by my podiatrist which would include an incision on the opposite side of my foot to reveal and ligament that may be hidden - this scared the life out of me. PLEASE HELP. Thanks...

Name: wendy
Date: Sunday, September 12, 1999 at 14:21:26
Comments:
After only 1 and a half years of pain in my left foot I had the EFP. I have had pain in both feet, tried all the conservative treatments, best of all being Birkenstock sandals. But unable to totally escape the pain, I opted for surgery. I am only 4th day post op, on crutches with pain in the arch when lightly weight bearing. Will return to Dr. tomorrow for follow up, he said I should be able to wear a shoe by then, hard to believe. It is interesting to read everyone's comments, I am trusting God to heal me or give me contentment with the pain as this was the last option available!

Name: Laine Silverfield
Email:silverfield@prodigy.net
Date: Saturday, September 11, 1999 at 18:09:09
Comments:
I have tried every remedy for heel spur/pf that is possible. If it was written about, I tried it. After being in an air cast for 6 weeks, I am not cured. I do not cry when I walk, but am still in pain with running shoes and special orthotics. Having given up every sport due to pain( even swimming), I am thinking of the Uniportal Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy as suggested by Mayo Clinic. They do not perform it, but rec. Dr. Shapiro from Savannah. Has anyone done this? What is the recovery time? I am anxious to be a real person again who has an active life requiring mobility. Thanks.

Name: Shirley Richardson
Email:shirl4912@aol.com
Date: Friday, September 10, 1999 at 10:22:07
Comments:
I had a traditional full PF release on my left foot in April 1999. My surgery was a complete success and have had no pain in the incision area and I massage the scar tissue daily. It is almost completely gone except for a small lump. My problem is the constant pain I have from nerves along the outer side of my foot. My orthopaedic surgeon said when the plantar is released, it affects the arch and causes pressure on the nerves in the foot. He put me on Neurontin, 300 mg, and told me it can sometimes be up to a year or possibly more before the nerves settle down in the foot. The Neurontin has helped me more than any medication I have been on including NSAIDs. My question is...is there some type of exercise I can do to help eliminate some of the nerve pain in the foot or just live with it and see what happens. I also have PF in the right foot, not to the point that I would have surgery on it, but I hesitate due to the nerve pain and if it will go away eventually.

Name: Leah Swords
Email:swolea46@aol.com
Date: Thursday, September 9, 1999 at 19:26:12
Comments:
I'm so happy to have found this site,with people that understand how exrutiating PF is,and also how disabling. I had surgery 3 months ago on my left foot after trying everything to relieve the pain that I was living with for 3 years.The pain in my heel seems to be somewhat better but my ankle feels like it is sprained. In the A.M. it is almost impossible to walk on. It is slightly better as the day goes on,but I walk with a very noticable limp.I try to rest as much as possible but with work full time and 3 little ones it is not always easy to do.The cortizone has now worn off on my right foot and am in pain with that.I will be seeing the doctor next week and look forward to hear what he thinks!I really cant tell if the surgery was a success or not, Has any one else had this complaint? Please LMK. Thanks!!!!

Name: Leah Swords
Date: Thursday, September 9, 1999 at 19:04:41
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Name: John
Email:jholt@cei.net
Date: Thursday, September 9, 1999 at 18:39:55
Comments:
I had a Plantar Fascia Release and a Tarsal Tunnel on 23 August 1999. An orthopedice foot and ankle surgeon performed the procedures. I also had a Cheilectomy on the same foot at the same time. Surgery lasted 1hr 45 minutes. I went on crutches 40 minutes after surgery. I was given dimerol for pain but only used it for 2 days. All the pain came from my toe not the PF/Tarsal Tunnel release. It was an open procedure. I have been on crutches 15 days. My half cast was removed at 10 days as was the stitches. This was painless. I still have swelling when I am up and about to much but ice and elevation bring it down. I went back to work on the 5th day for a few hrs a day (desk job). today for the first time i walked around the house and up and down a few stairs. no particular pain have i noticed. my wounds healed nicely. i am feeling good about the procedure (so far). i have suffered with pf for about 5 years. although i am 65 i was very active prior to pf and was running 20-25 miles a week. i was not overweight. i think running up hills and continuing to run when the pain first appeared was my downfall. i looked carefully at both Poditrist who use the scope procedure and an Ortho Foot and Ankle Surgeon with a Fellowship before making my decision. A tarsal tunnel procedure must be done with an open incision. It will probabley take a couple of months before i know if it has worked. my incision is from above inside ankle bone to just to the edge of the foot. incision is not on botton of foot. about a 20% plantar release.

Name: John
Email:jholt@cei.net
Date: Thursday, September 9, 1999 at 18:33:51
Comments:
I had a Plantar Fascia Release and a Tarsal Tunnel on 23 August 1999. An orthopedice foot and ankle surgeon performed the procedures. I also had a Cheilectomy on the same foot at the same time. Surgery lasted 1hr 45 minutes. I went on crutches 40 minutes after surgery. I was given dimerol for pain but only used it for 2 days. All the pain came from my toe not the PF/Tarsal Tunnel release. It was an open procedure. I have been on crutches 15 days. My half cast was removed at 10 days as was the stitches. This was painless. I still have swelling when I am up and about to much but ice and elevation bring it down. I went back to work on the 5th day for a few hrs a day (desk job). today for the first time i walked around the house and up and down a few stairs. no particular pain have i noticed. my wounds healed nicely. i am feeling good about the procedure (so far). i have suffered with pf for about 5 years. although i am 65 i was very active prior to pf and was running 20-25 miles a week. i was not overweight. i think running up hills and continuing to run when the pain first appeared was my downfall. i looked carefully at both Poditrist who use the scope procedure and an Ortho Foot and Ankle Surgeon with a Fellowship before making my decision. A tarsal tunnel procedure must be done with an open incision. It will probabley take a couple of months before i know if it has worked.

Name: Linda
Email:LROSE@MINDSPRING.COM
Date: Tuesday, September 7, 1999 at 16:49:49
Comments:
Well, it has been six months since my surgery for plantar fascitis. I am in extreme pain. My ankle has felt like it has been broken since the surgery. Has anyone heard of the ankle hurting that bad? My Dr. said I am the only one he has ever had that still hurts this long after surgery. He has me in therapy now but not helping. Does anyone have any helpful information?

Name: Linda
Email:LROSE@MINDSPRING.COM
Date: Tuesday, September 7, 1999 at 16:49:09
Comments:
Well, it has been six months since my surgery for plantar fascitis. I am in extreme pain. My ankle has felt like it has been broken since the surgery. Has anyone heard of the ankle hurting that bad? My Dr. said I am the only one he has ever had that still hurts this long after surgery. He has me in therapy now but not helping. Does anyone have any helpful information?

Name: Donna
Email:KnitDonna@aol.com
Date: Saturday, September 4, 1999 at 21:06:09
Comments:
Have been suffering with PF and heel spur for several months. I have noticed while reading the boards a reference to Scott's vitamin regiment. I would like to know more about it. Where do I find it,etc. Thanks

Name: Lori
Email:lssteadman@voidnet.com
Date: Monday, August 30, 1999 at 07:15:10
Comments:
Today is 14 weeks post op. after the bone spur removal and 2/3 release PF surgery. My foot is still sore in the AM, more so if I don't massage the foot before getting out of bed. It's pretty sore after a whole day of teaching. I ice both feet each night. I've done two treatments of accupunture on my other foot as it was painful after all weight was shifted to it. So far, no problems with that. I plan to go back for more treatments and might have her do some on my surgeried foot for the soreness. Had wanted to wait and see how the surgery did but would like to get rid of the soreness. I believe that the soreness is a bit better than the pain BEFORE surgery. I'm hoping for more relief soon. Will see the Dr. in 3 weeks. At this point I would recommend accupuncture BEFORE resorting to surgery. It was the only thing I hadn't tried and I wish I had. Lori in AZ

Name: Pat Keenan
Email:pekeenan@laplaza.org
Date: Thursday, August 26, 1999 at 15:18:19
Comments:
Tomorrow it will be 6 weeks since the bone spur on my heal was removed and I have a short reprieve from the doctors. I won't see him again for at least three weeks when the orthotics come in. The doctor believes that my recovery is right on schedule. I had one little tender spot and it turned out to be a suture that was missed -- feels better there now. On either side of my heal it hurts/aches generally after I have been on my feet for awhile. I have heard that the heal takes a long time to heal from both friends and the doctor. I am optimistic and am trying to do my part by walking in the pool every day for an hour -- doing various exercises in the water and on land. Occasionally I take advil -- but continue to take extra vitamin c, glucosamine sulfate and calcium. I also put vitamin e oil on the incision and rub arnica gel on areas that are painful or slightly swollen. I also still ice my foot when it is painful. My doctor doesn't recommend a specific type of shoe, but I did find that New Balance does have some shoes that are recommended by the American Podiatric Medical Association. I did try the shoes on and they were fairly comfortable. And bought one pair from the store, however they didn't have the particular style that I wanted so I need to order it from someone on line. Best of luck everyone.

Name: Sandy
Email:sandysfam@mailcity.com
Date: Tuesday, August 17, 1999 at 22:50:47
Comments:
In Dec. of '98 I had a 3/4" release after suffering for 4 years with terrible pain. For 6 months after the surgery, I was pain free however, I now experience some pain in my ankles, they feel like I could sprain them with the next step. I always have shoes on and if I go without for more than an hour or so, I am sorry for the rest of the day. I can play tennis, walk and hike for long distances but I notice flutter kicking in the pool seems to bring the pain to my attention. After an active day on my feet, I usually feel a lot of pain when I take my shoes off, however, NOTHING like it was before the surgery. I am wondering if anyone ever has experienced this as well? Also, anyone ever used the ibuprophen cream? I also wear Euro clogs and lace up shoes which have a wonderful arch support and feel like they excercise my legs a bit...however, I do get tired in the clogs after about 4 hours or so. I do notice that stairs are the main killer, as coming down them on the ball of my foot puts to much weight on the feet. I have both feet done at the same time...glad that I did, but didn't expect this discomfort 8 months later. Any comments or suggestions?

Name: Pat keenan
Email:pekeenan@laplaza.org
Date: Monday, August 16, 1999 at 01:35:10
Comments:
Well, I am trying to be a good patient and went to the pool every day since my doctor recommended that regime. I am now four weeks, 3 days post op. Saturday afternoon I was able to take my first tentataive steps on land. Sunday I was considerably better. I don't know if others have had a hard time actually walking . . . but on Thursday you couldn't have made me walk two steps. The bottom of my heal is sore . . . it feels like a bruise and the incision on the back of my heel is very tender. I will have to find shoes that don't put any pressure on the incision til it becomes less sensitive. I am optimistic that things will improve daily. And who knows by actually exercising I might loose an inch or two in the process. At any rate tomorrow will be my fourth day at the spa and will do my best to go every day like my doctor recommended. I am also taking 4,000 mg vitamin c, 150 mg glucosamine sulfate and vitamin d that my "jock" friends recommended. I mentioned this to the doctor and he didn't object to me taking any of these.

Name: Jim Parish
Email:jimparish@altavista.net
Date: Sunday, August 15, 1999 at 01:39:06
Comments:
I am 6 months after surgery and I still have considerable pain when standing and walking for more than 4 hours at a time. It feels like the heel is bruised and it is really sore. It takes me being off my feet for a couple of hours before they can be walked on again without severe pain. I am looking for someone who can suggest things that might work from the diet point of view. Has anyone had any success with this? I suspect it might have an effect on the pain, but nothing to work with HELP!

Name: Pat Keenan
Email:pekeenan@laplaza.org
Date: Friday, August 13, 1999 at 15:47:40
Comments:
Today is my four week surgical anniversary -- imagine celebrating the anniversary of a surgery -- but it has come to that. Things are progressing well according to my doctor. I have good range of motion. But when the doctor said I could walk without crutches now -- I smiled to myself -- I wasn't ready just yet. After making so many steps in a life time -- it is hard to imagine that just one step seems so difficult. He recommended water therapy -- walking in a pool of water -- kicking -- swimming -- every day for an hour. If he only knew that it had been 15-20 years since I put on a swim suit and got into the water. But, I want to get better . . . so my daughter took me to the spa today and it went better than I expected. I watched the clock and did my hour in the water. I want to get better and walk like again -- so I will follow his instructions to the letter . . . . well almost to the letter. Mostly my foot feels fine-- there is a little numbness to my heal, nothing major though -- when I put all my weight on the heal of my foot I feel a sharp sensation -- I think that the sensation is more the nerves in my foot are waking up. The incision seems very tender at times. I think that sensation and the muscle weakness is what is making me more hesitant to step naturally. I have been visualizing what it will be like to walk through the house without crutches. I am optimsitic about the future. In two weeks I go back to the doctors and will be fitted for orthotics. The doctor did not recommend any particular type of shoe or brand of shoe. But did recommend that I wear shoes now. The first time it seemed so unnatural. He also did recommend rubbing vitamin e oil on the incision daily.

Name: Margot Capizzi
Email:mcapizzi@home.com
Date: Thursday, August 12, 1999 at 00:05:48
Comments:
DOES ANYONE WHO HAS HAD THIS SURGERY, KNOW WHICH SNEAKER IS BEST? MY DOCTOR RECOMMENDED EASY SPIRIT......ANY SUGGESTIONS?..........THANKS.......MARGOT

Name: Lori
Email:lssteadman@voidnet.com
Date: Wednesday, August 11, 1999 at 08:40:23
Comments:
It's been 11 weeks and 2 days since my surgery (bone spur removal and 2/3 release of the PF ligament). Went to one of my Dr. appt's yesterday. I've had to go there often since the surgery. I now get to wait 6 weeks! He wants to see how I'm doing after being back to teaching for a month. My foot IS improving slowly. I had NO pain for the first 3 weeks after surgery. Then, I had soreness when I had to start putting weight on it. Now, it's sore in the AM for a few minutes if I don't spend time to massage my foot a bit before getting out of bed. Once I'm up, there's hardly any discomfort at all until I've been standing for about 15 minutes or walking for about 30 minutes. Then I really need to sit a few minutes. The only thing that's really bothered me is that my other foot (which also has a bone spur) was starting to get sore because of all of the weight I put on it. I had 2 accupuncture treatments and those helped a lot. I will go back for several more, hoping to either prevent the need for surgery on that foot or at least put it off until next summer. All in all, I believe I will get better. The Dr. seems to think I'm doing well. And, yes, I'd do it again, knowing what I know now. But, I wish I had tried accupuncture first as I had tried everything else for over 10 years and nothing was a solution. Surgery is STILL a last resort and should not be taken lightly. Lori in AZ

Name: Phyl
Email:pzumbolo@telenet.net
Date: Tuesday, August 10, 1999 at 19:12:58
Comments:
Had 2nd Dr. visit today.(14 days post-op ). Stitches came out today. Can soak foot as desired. May try putting on sneakers. They do feel more comfortable than the boot I had to wear. Continue to bear weight as tolerated. May use 1 crutch. Hope to soon be off crutches. Next visit in 2 weeks. Will write more then.

Name: Suzy
Email:Lvneyes1@aol.com
Date: Tuesday, August 10, 1999 at 14:42:16
Comments:
Margot, I have had 2 surgerys as well. The second time around was great! Still alittle bother but nothing like it use to be! Good luck and stay positive! You will be back to normal. As for the shoes, I still wear Nikes all the time. I wear some other shoes at times but only if I know that I am not having to walk around.. :) Let us know how it goes.. Take care, Suzy

Name: Margot
Email:mcapizzi@home.com
Date: Tuesday, August 10, 1999 at 03:07:05
Comments:
This is my second PF surgery in exactly one year. Same foot, same heel. Last July and this July. I really didn't think that this would come back. It took very long last year to get back up on my feet(6-8 wks), but, this year(thank goodness) just 3 days after surgery, I was walking without the crutches. I just had the stitches out after two weeks and I think its OK, BUT, when it gets sore after standing on it too long, I get scared that the surgery didn't work again(anyone with PF knows what I mean). The Dr. told me to wear a good tennis shoe(Easy Spirit), but, how can you go to work in tennis shoes all the time? I told him if it comes back, that's it....I'll start taking the anti-inflamatory injections again!!!!!! I told him I wish they had foot transplants!!!! Anyone that doesn't have PF just doesn't understand the pain and frustration of this.

Name: Phyl
Email:pzumbolo@telenet.net
Date: Monday, August 9, 1999 at 11:10:22
Comments:
Had 1st dr. visit since surgery. May put weight on foot as tolerated. Cannot put much weight on foot at this time but getting better each day. May shower, even with stitches as long as I don't soak them. Still need crutches. Next visit is 3 weeks post op Aug. 10. Stitches will come out then. Will keep everyone informed.

Name: Kelly Johnson
Email:kelly_johnson@catawba.k12.nc.us
Date: Wednesday, August 4, 1999 at 18:42:38
Comments:
Am considering surgery, but you guys scare me! I have PF in both feet with spurs in both also. I am 39, mother of two and teach 7th-8th grade computers. No way to get off my feet. Have done shots, more shots, orthotics, birkenstocks, new balance tennis shoes, ice, excercises, etc....... After reading your entries, I am very hesitant to pursue surgery! Help! My students think I only have one pair of shoes!

Name: Phyl
Email:pzumbolo@telenet.net
Date: Wednesday, August 4, 1999 at 07:09:04
Comments:
Had first Dr. visit after July 26 surgery (complete release) Have to say that I am pain free at this time. Havent put much weight on the foot though. Stitches do not come out til next week. May put weight on foot as tolerated. Am able to take a quick shower, no soaking. Will be receiving a handicapped sticker for my car. When sitting still need to elevate some. So far very pleased with surgery.

Name: Gena
Email:JazManxCat@aol.com
Date: Tuesday, August 3, 1999 at 11:28:34
Comments:
I requested the hard cast be removed and am in air boot. Had the full release surgery on my left foot. I could feel something at the bottom of my foot pulling pulling in the hard cast which is what worried me. I am pain free and my right foot is doing great no pain. I am taking vitamin c and using ice-heat therapy. I am hoping to be one of the success cases. The 4th set of shots did not even work at all for me anymore, and for 4 years I was in pain with my feet getting worse. I tried all treatments, off work 6 weeks, air cast shots etc. before opting for the surgery. I had heel spurs too. I feel I have good Dr. and have high hopes I will be cured and continue to be pain free. I sympathize with anyone going through this, I didn't realize how common this problem was until this web site. No treatments worked on my right foot before. I am pain free now and hope I won't have to have the surgery in my right foot, I wear birkenstocks and still take care of my right foot so the pain won't return. I also have special orto shoe inserts made by the Dr. and will continue using them after my surgery.

Name: Gena
Email:JazManxCat@Aol.Com
Date: Monday, August 2, 1999 at 09:24:44
Comments:
July 13th had full release {Entire tendon} cut on my left foot. I am in a cast Hard cast. I tried shots every treatment with no relief. My right foot strangely got better off my left foot was operated on! I am pain free in my right foot without surgery! I will keep a post on the progress of my left foot. I am really hoping it was a success!

Name: Connie Sunday
Email:ConnieSunday@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday, August 1, 1999 at 11:11:45
Comments:
Hello: I am very happy to have found this site. I have a tremendous catechism of problems with my health due to bone spurs. I developed one in my right foot 10 years ago and had surgery. I was not able to stay off of it (I had to work!!) as I should have, and as a consequence, I have nerve damage in that foot, going to the toes (the little one has no feeling in the back), and a constant sense of "pulling" to which I've become accustomed. Then I developed a similar spur on the other foot, but used a $2 plastic heel cup and the spur went away. However, for whatever reasons, I've continued to gain weight and have developed, over the last 4-5 years, bone spurs in the backs of my heels which hurt constantly. The more I've stayed off my feet, the heavier I've gotten, and now I not only have this terrible pains in the backs of my heels (which doctors have told me are inoperable, since they'd have to cut through my achilles tendon, and I might not be able to walk at all!!), but arthritis in my knees and hands. I hurt all over and don't really know what to do any more. I've become a complete vegetarian (that was easy) and want to become vegan, in the hopes I can lose weight, and I do floor exercises and lift weight and ride a bike, but I'm still fat, limp, and am growing worse by the day. I'm very worried. I've 49, 6'3" and weight in at about 280. What should I do? I've tried glucosomate, but nothing really helps. Thanks!!

Name: Pat Keenan
Email:pekeenan@laplaza.org
Date: Saturday, July 31, 1999 at 23:12:59
Comments:
I am 15 days post op. So far, so good. I am still on crutches and putting a precious little amount of weight on my foot so far. Stiches may come out next Thursday. That and the day that the cruches disappear will be major milestones in my line right now. So far . . . so good. Your web site has been an incredible resource/reference for me. I only wish I had found it before . . . before I had opted for surgery. Perhaps I would have made other choices. But now I have to deal with things as they are. I now know the questions that I didn't know before to ask . . . and some of the things to do to help. I am developing a bone spur on my other foot . . . so the knowledge will not be wasted. I look forward to long walks . . . or even short walks. I had to pretty much give them up a year ago . . . and that in turn helped to increase the weight that I carry now. One step at a time right now. Thank you though for the great resource.

Name: Laurel Nash
Email:roytan@webtv.net
Date: Saturday, July 31, 1999 at 18:14:17
Comments:
Post surgery four and a half years. Pain just beginning again in the heel--seems to have moved slightly to the left, but pain still the same. I don't know what options I will try if it continues this way again. Has anyone else had pain years later?

Name: Lori
Email:lssteadman@voidnet.com
Date: Saturday, July 31, 1999 at 10:35:44
Comments:
9 weeks and 5 days, post surgery. (bone spur removed, 2/3 release of PF ligament) Some soreness in foot, especially heel but much less than pre-op. My new orthotics are really helping. I ice in the eves and massage both feet. I tried accupuncture on my other foot yesterday. I have a bone spur on that foot and, because of the stress of all of my weight on that foot after surgery, I started feeling some soreness in that foot as well. Today I have hardly any soreness in this foot. I will NOT try accupuncture on the surgeried foot as I want to see how the surgery does in helping my foot heal. I would highly recommend accupuncture if you haven't already tried it. I still have no regrets about my surgery. I improve a little each day. Lori in AZ

Name: Tucker
Email:Tnewberr@teleglobe.com
Date: Saturday, July 31, 1999 at 10:14:56
Comments:
Week # 12 Post partial pf release surgery. After an initially quick progress toward recovery, my progress has plateaued. I'm about back to where I was pre-surgery - - daily pain, kicking in more toward the end of the day requiring icing and NSAID daily. I'm walking gingerly, swimming fairly regularly (formerly a competitive triathlete) and walking little. I'm wondering if anyone else went through this period before improving or should I be asking about other active measures to take to improve my conditions. I was intrigued by a "60 Minutes 2" show earlier this week which documented the successful patients of Dr. Sarno who counseled pain suffers (mostly back) into overcoming their pain through positive mental attitudes. Although I believe I'm maintaining a positive outlook on my condition, I'm wondering what other mental/spiritual methods others have used to overcome pf. Thanks, Tucker

Name: Phyl
Email:pzumbolo@telenet.net
Date: Friday, July 30, 1999 at 14:42:12
Comments:
Have had a left plantar fasciotomy on Mon. July 26. Have had severe pain for about 2-3 days. Am now pain free. Am able to put very little weight on foot at this time, depending on crutches to get around. Next appt. with Dr. is Tues Aug.2. Will post then.

Name: Diane
Email:dowens@carol.net
Date: Thursday, July 15, 1999 at 22:30:24
Comments:
I highly recommend anyone suffering from heel pain or PF to see a good sports medicine therapist. A great alternative to surgery or cordizone. It feels good too. Also, invest in good shoes. I only wear Birkenstocks.

Name: Diane
Email:dowens@carol.net
Date: Thursday, July 15, 1999 at 22:30:15
Comments:
I highly recommend anyone suffering from heel pain or PF to see a good sports medicine therapist. A great alternative to surgery or cordizone. It feels good too. Also, invest in good shoes. I only wear Birkenstocks.

Name: Rye
Email:ryefrye@aol.com
Date: Thursday, July 15, 1999 at 15:11:55
Comments:
Iam post op tarsal tunnelsurgery and Plantar fascitis release surgery 10wks. Iam misserable. my ortho specialise in ankle foot orthosis.he has changed my post op meds 3 times I can't do any activites of daily living without pain.I'm 38 yrs married 4 children and cry a lot esp. if someone asks me how I'm doing. I hate to think that this is what my life is going to be like. I'm ashamed of myself cause it"s not like I have cancer or another terrible diease.But all I do is complane of pain. my Dr. say's Ihave to give it more time to heal As My weight is 200 lbs. also inactivity doesn't help any weight loss. I'm familar with Atcins diet as my husband lost a lot of weight,but he eats so much meat.Also can you really eat like that for the rest of your life? I know theres a maint program that follows. Does any know what can be done If surgery fails? Incidently Dr. said tarsal tunnel and P.F. go hand in hand.

Name: Renee'
Email:okmosaic@swbell.net
Date: Thursday, July 15, 1999 at 13:49:02
Comments:
I have been a PF sufferer for over 5 years and tried all the usual fixes. As a last resort last September I went to the hospital for a partial release on my left foot and although it did help some I wanted more. On June 3rd I went back in for the full release and to have my heel spur filed down. I was up and using only one crutch within 10 days and going solo (without crutches) after l4 days. This went so well I went back into the hospital July 5th and had my right foot done. We did the full release and heel spur filing instead of trying the partial again. It seems like I'm not progressing as fast this time but, I feel a lot of this is due to the fact the left foot was done in two stages and the right foot was done in one fell swoop. I was told last Monday after my first post-op visit that I could start putting 50% of my weight (with the use of crutches) on my right foot then and to come back this Friday to have my stitches taken out. I've been a little hesitant to put any weight on it so far but, being the klutz I am with the crutches, I lost my balance 4 days after surgery, tried to catch myself on my right foot and crumpled like a wet bag. I'm doing better but, just don't trust myself or my foot I am determined to get better and get back to my hobby and my life of showing dogs. Good luck to everyone who has either had the surgery or is considering it. Also, please keep the postings coming....it's a good gauge to set your progress by. Renee'

Name: Scott
Date: Wednesday, July 14, 1999 at 12:57:53
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Name: Scott
Date: Wednesday, July 14, 1999 at 12:55:42
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Name: Marlene
Email:MSario@Yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday, July 13, 1999 at 01:02:35
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I have had spurs on both feet for the past 7 years. They are also called pump bumps. I had surgery 6 mos to remove the left spur and can now hardly walk. Can anyone help me find a doctor to help me? I have done orthodics, therapy,casting and taking phelden. Please help.

Name: Peggy Dennis
Email:jabrad@bellsouth.net
Date: Saturday, July 10, 1999 at 14:22:56
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Forgot to mention that I am wearing tennis shoes all the time. Doctor said not to go back to a regular shoe for 4 months or longer, depending on how the foot is doing. Also can't go barefoot AT ALL. I'll probably never go barefoot again, but that is a small price to pay for feet that don't hurt. Peggy

Name: Peggy Dennis
Email:jabrad@bellsouth.net
Date: Saturday, July 10, 1999 at 14:10:25
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Sorry, I haven't checked in for awhile. I'm 13 weeks post-op, had the EPF partial release. I am pretty much back to doing all the stuff I did before surgery. I do all the grocery shopping now, running around on weekends. I haven't had any pain on the sides of the heel, where the spurs were, on each side. The only discomfort I have at all, which is very minor and I think will go away with time, is under the arch itself. I tend to have a little pain there at the end of the day from being on my feet. But the doctor told me it would be about a 4-month or longer healing process. The muscle will take awhile to heal from where the tendon was cut. And I think this is where the soreness is coming from now. The tendon is still weak and I think as the foot gets stronger, I don't expect to have this tiny bit of pain. Hopefully in another month or two, I can slowly start a walking program. I had to quit the stationery bike. It caused the arch to hurt, again, I think from the tendon being weak and not fully healed. Maybe I can do that later. I don't regret having this done and I think it has definitely helped. I know that before the surgery, at the end of the day, the part of my heel where the spurs were would be killing me. And that is not happening now! It's really too soon to say for sure, but I think I will be a success story! Best of luck to everyone and feel free to email if you have any questions! Peggy

Name: Debbie
Date: Friday, July 9, 1999 at 11:43:46
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7 days post op from "old type" of surgery. Saw my surgeon yesterday for 1st post op visit. Things are going very well so far. The pain was bad for only the firs 2 days. Have not used pain meds since the 3rd day. My Dr insists that I not use crutches since the intial pain is now gone as he wants me to keep the fascia spread where it was cut so that it heals in a longer state than it was in before the surgery. The gap will fill in with scar tissue, hence a longer fascia, less pulling, less pain. He also filed off the sharp edges of the heel spur, did not remove it. I was hesitant at first about being able to walk on the foot right away but it is not too bad. Dr doesn't want me to be too active but when I do get up he wants me to use the foot. My incision looks great. The stitches will come out at the next visit. I will be off work and no driving for 3 more weeks. Luckily I have 2 children that drive so they are helping with things alot!! In about 3 months I will have the left foot done too. As long as this healing continues so well anyways. Will keep you posted on my progress. Thanks Lori and all for the encouraging words and prayers!!

Name: D.
Email:dowens@carol.net
Date: Monday, June 28, 1999 at 00:10:35
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I had PF symptoms start approx. 8 years ago. I teach and am on my feet constantly. I opted to have the surgery on my left foot since that was the worst one. Two years later I decided I had to do something about my right foot. I DID NOT want to go thru the surgery again and opted for alternatives: muscle relaxers(gave me an nauseated stomach) and orthodics(did not help). I went to a sports medicine clinic and started getting heated cortizone ultrasound treatments on the bottom of my foot--the massage was wonderful--and mild shock treatment which was applied to my calves--painless and tingly. This was done 2-3 times per week for 6 months. I also started wearing ONLY Birkenstock shoes. I was 90% healed. About six months ago the pain started again but so far I have not had to resort to crawling around on all fours such as last time. I may go back for more treatments at the sports medicine facility but I will NOT have the surgery again. My sympathy goes to everyone suffering with PF. It is miserable and can limit one's activities.

Name: Jim Denny
Email:Jim.Denny@ssa.gov
Date: Friday, June 25, 1999 at 15:22:49
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Scott, you are doing a great thing, keeping this web site up and running. I learn a little more and feel a little better for my efforts, every time I visit. Quite a few people have been e-mailing me lately, either seeking or sharing information on plantar fasciotomy surgery and in particular, discussing long-term post-surgical complications. Because this phase of dealing with Plantar Fasciitis is at the back-end, rather than the front-end of the problem, it is a much more specialized area. To use the Star Trek phrase, the post-PF phase is "The Final Frontier." It is zone that one reaches only after having suffered with the problem for a long time and only after having tried many conservative measures. Since I had my "radical" plantar fasciotomy back in 1988, I can offer an additional perspective on what may happen to you down the road, from the vantage point of eleven years after surgery. I continue to look to hearing from others and sharing experiences as to what the long-term consequences are of a plantar fasciotomy and what measures may help with post-surgical problems. In my case, the most significant problems are: scar tissue; an altered gait and its effects; and nerve entrapment.

Name: janet
Email:jlcox@umich.edu
Date: Sunday, June 20, 1999 at 08:57:48
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Hi all, I'm scheduled to see Dr. Baxter this summer for a surgery consult. After 5 years of continuous PF pain and trying just about every treatment, conventional and alternative, I've finally decided to investigate surgery. I'd like to know if anyone posting hear has been operated on by Dr. Baxter and what your thoughts are, good or bad, on him. Thanks

Name: Sheila
Email:Onthegeaux@aol.com
Date: Thursday, June 17, 1999 at 23:24:18
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The surgery didn't work!!! I've read so many comments on foot surgery,the good and the bad. I too have had the same planter fasciitis surgery, and suffer with the scar tissue and fatty tissue around the incision. I have the same pains even worse at times. It's been a year ago last April since my surgery. I am wearing a boot at night and still have problems. I don't know where to turn myself. I am no better off than I was before. I have read so many stories of others being pain free. That's what I wanted to have happen to me. The nurse told me that the doctor helped a lot of people and there were many that were pain free, but he was no God. I took that as a possible pain free life. It was a 50-50 chance. I went for it and lost. I have only read a few of the comments that the surgery has not worked. I thought I was the only one. But, it is nice to see that I am not alone and that there are others. They are just too embarrassed to talk about it. If I knew what I know now I would not have had the surgery. Let this be a warning to anyone that is thinking this is the right thing to do. This is not a cure all thing. Try and find another alternative to surgery. If you've found a treatment or some other answer to after surgery problems please let me know. Sorry in Louisiana, Sheila

Name: Lori
Email:lssteadman@voidnet.com
Date: Thursday, June 17, 1999 at 21:35:45
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3 weeks and 3 days since PF surgery. This was the 2 inch incision type with the removal of a huge bone spur and the complete release of the PF ligament. Have had NO PAIN! 2 days ago, I was able to start putting weight on my foot with crutches. A little uncomfortable...sort of like I'd been off of my foot for 3 weeks . I'm scared that the pain will come back. After all, 10 years of constant pain is hard to forget. I tried everything before surgery. I have a spur in my other foot and that foot has been pretty sore lately because of all of my weight being transferred to that foot only. Hopefully, the other spur will not be aggravated. In a couple of days, I will be using only one crutch...then on my own... Lori in AZ


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