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Had PF surgery November 30, 1998

Posted by Milton Bradford on 1/21/99 at 00:00 (003689)

I am glad I have found this page, and am looking forward to share my experience with others. I am almost 2 months into my surgery and I have mixed feelings to its effectiveness at this point. I had the older type of surgery where no scope was used but a direct incision approximately 2 inches long into the side of my heel. The doctor told me that he 3/4 servered the plantar fascia. I previously had chronic heel pain for almost 2 years and went through all the conservative treatments without success. Finally, I relented and had the surgery. My heel is still sore but in a slightly different way. I still have pain in the morning but not as intense or as long. I am hoping that this is a part of the healing process that is still taking place. I really want to run again the 6 miles every other day. If you have had previous surgery similar to mines please share results. Thank you

Re: Had PF surgery November 30, 1998

DaNita on 1/21/99 at 00:00 (003696)

I hope your surgery heels well for you. Everyone is different. I had the tyep of surgery you are talking about with no luck. I had a second one they called a stiner stripping they realese all the muscles across the heel. I didn't have any good results with that either. I have only gotten worse. But I know of others who have gotten better and some not. Good Luck to you!

Re: Had PF surgery November 30, 1998

Sally T. on 1/21/99 at 00:00 (003699)

I had the same surgery you had on June 11, 1998. My doctor also worked on my tarsal nerve. My pain, also, is not as intense in the morning but if I am standing too long at one time, it still hurts. My incision site still swells every night and I massage it and ice it. I thought it would much better than it is, but I guess this is as good as it's going to get. My problem is that the other foot is now painful and I don't really want to have surgery on it. Yes, my surgical foot does feel slightly better but I don't think enough so that I would have surgery again. I guess I'll just have to wait and see. I may reconsider if it gets too bad. I just want to be able to walk again. Am very depressed being cooped up in the house for almost a year now. I hope your recovery goes very well. Please keep us posted.

Re: Had PF surgery November 30, 1998

MIMI on 1/21/99 at 00:00 (003701)

I had surgery three months ago and yesterday was the best day I've had in the last year and a half. I think that my dr. went into my heel on the left and came out of the right. She used a scope and then cut the fascia. I am taking a medication called DAYPRO which had made a siginificant improvement since I started taking it last week. I was in some pain but my dr. said it was because I was shifting my weight. I had tried all the other methods but none worked for me. I feel much better.

Re: Had PF surgery November 30, 1998

scott on 1/21/99 at 00:00 (003703)

I wouldn't take too much daypro for too long. It's bad on the digestive system.



Re: Had PF surgery November 30, 1998

Megan on 1/21/99 at 00:00 (003706)

Glad to hear that the Daypro works for someone. Dr. had me on it for 21 days with absolutely no relief. After reading some of the stuff I have found here and also learning in my college biology test that NSAIDS cause ulcers and intestinal damage, I am really hesitant to take them. I have been on a NASAID of some sort or another for the last 60 days and they just don't seem to help.

Re: Had PF surgery November 30, 1998

Marie on 1/21/99 at 00:00 (003710)

I had surgery done on Jan 13.Also the old way, but with full release and removal of heel spur on right foot. DR. said this way had a little better results than EPF. Still sore, I expected that, but front of foot feels unsteady. Still, it hasn't been that long and am trying to think positive. I have gotten some good advice about vitamins and supplements that some say have helped by reading the posts here. If all goes well, I will have left foot done asap. Like someone said before...I just want to get back to normal. In the past year I have put on about 25 lb due to inactivity which is kind of depressing in itself, but also makes the condition worse. I have a stationary bike and have read mixed theories on this. Anyway, the stiches come out tomarrow and will get Dr.s opinion on that.

Re: Had PF surgery Jan 13

Marie on 1/21/99 at 00:00 (003712)

I had surgery done on Jan 13.Also the old way, but with full release and removal of heel spur on
right foot. DR. said this way had a little better results than EPF. Still sore, I expected that, but
front of foot feels unsteady. Still, it hasn't been that long and am trying to think positive. I have
gotten some good advice about vitamins and supplements that some say have helped by reading
the posts here. If all goes well, I will have left foot done asap. Like someone said before...I just
want to get back to normal. In the past year I have put on about 25 lb due to inactivity which is
kind of depressing in itself, but also makes the condition worse. I have a stationary bike and have
read mixed theories on this. Anyway, the stiches come out tomarrow and will get Dr.s opinion on
that.
port42.mico03.tir.com 23:07:50

Re: Had PF surgery November 30, 1998

MIMI on 1/21/99 at 00:00 (003713)

Thanks for the advise. I'm going to stop taking it tomorrow. My dr. said to stop when the pain subsided and it has. I just couldn't take naproxen anymore - it was killing my stomach and doing much for the pain.

Re: Had PF surgery Jan 13

Milton Bradford on 1/22/99 at 00:00 (003719)

I thank you all for your response. I have had to live a sedentary lifestyle and it has cause me to gain 35 pounds in the last year. I have tried to eat low-fat but you can't replace running 6 miles every other day with just a change in eating habits. I guess it is part genetics -- my family is large. Today my foot is feeling better and it continues as I ice it up. However, I know which one is defective--it is just so slow in healing.

Re: Had PF surgery Jan 13

Melody on 1/22/99 at 00:00 (003743)

Marie-what did you find out from the Dr. about the stationary bike?
I am interested-because I am gaining weight. Thank you! Melody

Re: Had PF surgery Jan 13

Susan on 1/23/99 at 00:00 (003748)

Stationary bike is okay but try the kind where you pedal horizontal to your body instead of down. The best exercise I have found is water aerobics. If there isn't a class, just get in a pool and basicaly do the same exercises (except the one laying down) that you would do in land aerobics. Also, deep massage your feet.

Re: Had PF surgery November 30, 1998

Susan on 1/23/99 at 00:00 (003749)

How did the Dr. work on your tarsal nerve?

Re: Had PF surgery Jan 13

Melody on 1/23/99 at 00:00 (003778)

Thanks for the ideas! That does make sense about the bike-thank you.
Water aerobic weather is around the corner also-so I will have to try
that. Blessings to you-Melody