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To surgery or not?

Posted by Edythe S. on 11/02/00 at 19:20 (031846)

I have been under treatment for plantar fasciitis for over a year. The pain started a few monthe after starting a walking program. I have been taped, had injections twice, wear orthotics AND shoes and do exercising and massage most days. I am under treatment with a DPM and he has just recently indicated I have a fibroma and perhaps impingment of a nerve. He wants to do surgery that will require my using crutches for about three weeks. I have always been reluctant to have foot surgery and am not too fond of the idea now. Would ESWA be a suitable alternative for me? I am willing to travel for it. By the way, I am 73,if age has a bearing on the situation. Thanks in advance. E.S

Re: To surgery or not?

Dr. Biehler on 11/03/00 at 19:13 (031881)

ESWT is the alternative to surgery for plantar fasciitis. Your young age of 73 should not be a problem for ESWT. Dr. Biehler

Re: To surgery or not?

Edythe S on 11/04/00 at 19:19 (031952)

Thanks so much, Dr., for the prompt reply. I will begin a search for an appropriate clinic. I do feel more comfortable with the shock wave procedure. (In my mind, that is, not my foot.) I found a clinic in St. Louis that does ESWA so I may try that. One more question - does the presence of a fibroma negate this procedure? Again, thanks. What a wonderful font of knowledge we have in the internet! Edythe S

Re: To surgery or not?

Dr. Biehler on 11/04/00 at 20:00 (031954)

Having a fibroma does not prevent you from having ESWT, although the ESWT is not a treatment for a fibroma. Dr B

Re: To surgery or not?

Dr. Biehler on 11/03/00 at 19:13 (031881)

ESWT is the alternative to surgery for plantar fasciitis. Your young age of 73 should not be a problem for ESWT. Dr. Biehler

Re: To surgery or not?

Edythe S on 11/04/00 at 19:19 (031952)

Thanks so much, Dr., for the prompt reply. I will begin a search for an appropriate clinic. I do feel more comfortable with the shock wave procedure. (In my mind, that is, not my foot.) I found a clinic in St. Louis that does ESWA so I may try that. One more question - does the presence of a fibroma negate this procedure? Again, thanks. What a wonderful font of knowledge we have in the internet! Edythe S

Re: To surgery or not?

Dr. Biehler on 11/04/00 at 20:00 (031954)

Having a fibroma does not prevent you from having ESWT, although the ESWT is not a treatment for a fibroma. Dr B