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To suzi and Irene -- Dr. Baxter

Posted by Susan on 1/23/99 at 00:00 (003757)

I consulted with Dr. Baxter who suggested surgery for tarsal tunnel and plantar fasciitis. He made it sound so simple. Outpatient for the morning, sent home with stitches and crutches. On them for 4-5 days and then the stitches out after 12 days. Some pain, but no more than what I am having now and all better in several months. Okay, from your postings you were treated by him. Did you have surgery? How was it? I am going to try some of the things I've learned consistently and methodically and then will consider surgery. He made it sound that I could do all these things, but that bottom line would be the surgery. Your input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Re: To suzi and Irene -- Dr. Baxter

suzi on 1/23/99 at 00:00 (003788)

Hi susan, I had the same experience when I asked about the pf surgery. He made it sound like a breeze and that's why I thought it was no big deal almost 4 years ago. I still have some pain in my foot from the surgery mostly where the scar is on the side of my foot. I truly believe that as a result of this surgery a tiny nerve was re-entrapped thus causing continued pain. The worst thing about this type of surgery is that scar tissue forms and when it presses on a nerve there will ultimately be continued pain. My foot hurt a great deal for several weeks even months after the surgery and the recovery is quite long. I had some relief from the surgery but not as much as I would have hoped for. If you are going to consider surgery Dr. Baxter has the best reputation in the country probably even the world. He fixed Mark Mcquires foot and many other famous athletes, so this is the Dr. to see. I still have some pain in my foot but it is not nearly as painful as it was before the surgery. I just wish the surgery would have restored my foot to the way it was before.
Hope this helps, if not e-mail me at:puglover1@mindspring.