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Surgery for Plantar Fasciitis/Heel Spur

Posted by Pam R on 3/18/01 at hrmin (041798)

I am scheduled to have surgery on the 21 of March for Plantar/Fasciitis/Heel Spur. Every thing has been done for me. I have had cortisone injections, special boots to wear, expensive orthodics made, icing , stretching , predizone pack (which only lowered my immune system)-caught another cold. So after 10 months, with three doctors aggreeing on the surgery(my podiatrist, my M. D. and an orthopaedic specialist,it seems that my only option left open to me is this surgery. I am frightened about it and have heard bad and good things. I'd like to walk again without pain, go shopping, get on that treadmill and walk the sidewalks like I use to. I also have Fibromyalgia and I need to exercise to feel better. I can't tell you how tired and worn out I feel since I have not been able to exercise at all because of my feet. Help, I need advice,quickly. You can e-mail ,please. I also have Fibromas on the tendon in question. Thank you. Pam I am not overweight is this matters.

Re: Surgery for Plantar Fasciitis/Heel Spur

Julie on 3/19/01 at 03:15 (041828)

Hi Pam

I know it's getting awfully close to 21 March, but if you are really doubtful about surgery and reluctant to have it there is nothing to stop you postponing it till you have investigated ESWT. If you are a candidate for it, it is definitely an option that should be considered before surgery.

Alternative exercises to the weight-bearing ones you mention are swimming (excellent aerobic exercise), some yoga (but not standing postures), the recumbent bike. And there are devices, such as Acu-Flex and the Personal Foot Trainer (PFT) which can help you regain strength in your feet.

There have been lots of posts on fibromyalgia - do a search.

Read the Heel Pain Book - a thorough and excellent source of information.

All the best, Julie

Re: Surgery for Plantar Fasciitis/Heel Spur

Pauline on 3/19/01 at 10:45 (041847)

Pam,
You can always reschedule surgery, but once it's done you live with the result. Since ESWT was approved only in October of 2000, your doctors may not be using it or even know about it. If it were me, I'd try to find a Doctor that is using ESWT and try it first. It is non-invasive and certainly doesn't carry the risk of surgery. If it doesn't work you can still have surgery.

The only drawback I see to trying ESWT is that the procedure is not covered yet by some insurances, therefor many doctors push surgery because they know a patient will go that route with full insurance coverage as appose to paying out of pocket.

You can read about ESWT on Scott's ESWT site right here. Then read the surgery page and see how many people are still complaining of pain post-op. If you are worried about having surgery, put it on hold. There are a lot of doctors out there just dying to cut your PF so make your decision wisely. Arm yourself with the information from this site, ask more questions especially about ESWT then make your decision.

Re: Surgery for Plantar Fasciitis/Heel Spur

Julie on 3/19/01 at 03:15 (041828)

Hi Pam

I know it's getting awfully close to 21 March, but if you are really doubtful about surgery and reluctant to have it there is nothing to stop you postponing it till you have investigated ESWT. If you are a candidate for it, it is definitely an option that should be considered before surgery.

Alternative exercises to the weight-bearing ones you mention are swimming (excellent aerobic exercise), some yoga (but not standing postures), the recumbent bike. And there are devices, such as Acu-Flex and the Personal Foot Trainer (PFT) which can help you regain strength in your feet.

There have been lots of posts on fibromyalgia - do a search.

Read the Heel Pain Book - a thorough and excellent source of information.

All the best, Julie

Re: Surgery for Plantar Fasciitis/Heel Spur

Pauline on 3/19/01 at 10:45 (041847)

Pam,
You can always reschedule surgery, but once it's done you live with the result. Since ESWT was approved only in October of 2000, your doctors may not be using it or even know about it. If it were me, I'd try to find a Doctor that is using ESWT and try it first. It is non-invasive and certainly doesn't carry the risk of surgery. If it doesn't work you can still have surgery.

The only drawback I see to trying ESWT is that the procedure is not covered yet by some insurances, therefor many doctors push surgery because they know a patient will go that route with full insurance coverage as appose to paying out of pocket.

You can read about ESWT on Scott's ESWT site right here. Then read the surgery page and see how many people are still complaining of pain post-op. If you are worried about having surgery, put it on hold. There are a lot of doctors out there just dying to cut your PF so make your decision wisely. Arm yourself with the information from this site, ask more questions especially about ESWT then make your decision.