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Benefits of surgery

Posted by J. King on 12/19/02 at 11:57 (103544)

Has anyone on this site acutally benefited from surgery?

Re: Benefits of surgery

dave r on 12/19/02 at 15:47 (103554)

There have been a few, if you look on the surgery database you will find alot of people that have done very well. We are the cream of the crop. Nothing seems to help.........Although i havent had surgery yet. thats next on the list. i have had eswt twice.

Re: Benefits of surgery

Pam B on 12/19/02 at 17:54 (103562)

Well, that depends on what you mean by benefit...not to mention it is a loaded question :) I have to say that I did benefit to a degree....I had surgery last Feb and when I went into the hospital I could not put my foot flat on the floor....my heel hurt so bad it was just terrible.....I had the surgery and did get relief in my heel but there are other things that can and do pop up....two months after my surgery my ankle started to hurt as did my achilled tendon...well I developted tendonitis while conservatively treating the PF....it did not go away and I still have problems with it now.....the foot structure changes which can cause problems also...then there is the cutting of the fascia which can cause cuboid syndrome which I have issues with as well...there is the scar tissue which can be more trouble than the actual PF....I have that also but my biggest issue now is that I was just diagnosed with RSD....seems the nerves that were cut did not heal as they should have and they are misfiring pain signals to the brain....it is a lifelong disease but can be put into remission if it is caught early enough.....or that is the hope anyway of every patient that has it.....now dont get me wrong....I do know others that did very well.....if I had to do it again, I would....I was unable to ever put my foot on the floor and I also believe that the longer you wait to see a doctor when the first signs begin to show up play a big part in what happens too....I think that having the surgery for some is elective...but to be honest, for some of us, and I have chatted with several people on this board that agree, that is was not elective at all and felt they had no choice.....myself being one of them....but this really has to be a personal decision based on the severity of the PF or whatever foot problems you are facing.....as I said, even with the hell I have gone through, I would do it again if the situation were the same....I really dont feel I had a choice since I had walked around or 3/4 of a year with the foot never being flat on the ground....that in itself causes other problems as it did with me....but again, I do know people that have had this done and they do get wonderful results and recover from PF and some people recover without surgery....surgery is a last option and one that needs to be researched prior to making a decision.....I would never advise anyone to not have it because only that person knows the pain level they face each day.....but I would advise one to know what they are getting into and to see several specialists before making the final decision....

You did not state your problem in your post....if it was in another and I missed it I am sorry :( but if you dont mind, could you tell me what foot problems you have? whatever it is, my heart goes out to you because I know first hand that having these problems make a person feel as though they are between a rock and a hard place....whatever your issue, try all the conservative first but at the same time, be careful not to let it go on too long either because as I said, your gait can create all kinds of other issues for you.....I wish you well and look forward to seeing your post of your story.....best wishes to you and happy holidays :) sorry for the long post but when you start to talk about foot issues, there are so many things to consider....and each person has their own nitemare :) good luck to you.... :)

Re: Benefits of surgery

J. King on 12/20/02 at 13:21 (103616)

Pam

I have had PF on and off for about 17 years. It resolved for a while but now is back for the last 6 years. I have tried all the conservative treatments. I was scheduled for surgery about 18 months ago but backed out.
I am glad I did to an extent. Both my whole feet are inflamed and tender. I just dont't see how surgery is going to cure inflamation. I had a surgery on my wrist that failed and I don't want that to happen again.

John King

Re: Benefits of surgery

laura o on 12/20/02 at 14:11 (103625)

hello, i had the surgery on november 12th 2002,(right foot) and yes it has helped i do still have pain but it is much better then before the surgery,and on december 27th 2002 i will be haveing surgery again on my left foot

Re: Benefits of surgery

laura o on 12/20/02 at 14:17 (103627)

i was reading your letter and i know how you feel! i also walked around in pain so bad,that toward the end i could now walk anymore,i went to a footdoctor,and went through therapy,shots, tapeing the feet,the support for my shoes,i did it all,i suffered for a year and last month i had the surgery and will be going next week and haveing the other foot fixed, i still have pain,but i do feel much better,and i was told it will be sore for a few months up to a year

Re: Benefits of surgery

Dr. Z on 12/20/02 at 16:19 (103639)

There is a high incidence of destablization of the lateral side of the foot when you have both feet done. Once you cut the plantar fascia you are losing the main support system of the entire feet. This is a major complication that can lead to a LIFE long time of chronic pain. I know the one foot feels pretty good but this is a complication that can be avoided with ESWT. Talk to your doctor and see what he has to say about this problem . It is called calcaneal cuboid syndrome. Search the web site there are many cases of this problem. We just discuess a very serious case just within the last few weeks. Happy holiday. I don't want to be the one to point this out but it is my duty

Re: Benefits of surgery

dave r on 12/19/02 at 15:47 (103554)

There have been a few, if you look on the surgery database you will find alot of people that have done very well. We are the cream of the crop. Nothing seems to help.........Although i havent had surgery yet. thats next on the list. i have had eswt twice.

Re: Benefits of surgery

Pam B on 12/19/02 at 17:54 (103562)

Well, that depends on what you mean by benefit...not to mention it is a loaded question :) I have to say that I did benefit to a degree....I had surgery last Feb and when I went into the hospital I could not put my foot flat on the floor....my heel hurt so bad it was just terrible.....I had the surgery and did get relief in my heel but there are other things that can and do pop up....two months after my surgery my ankle started to hurt as did my achilled tendon...well I developted tendonitis while conservatively treating the PF....it did not go away and I still have problems with it now.....the foot structure changes which can cause problems also...then there is the cutting of the fascia which can cause cuboid syndrome which I have issues with as well...there is the scar tissue which can be more trouble than the actual PF....I have that also but my biggest issue now is that I was just diagnosed with RSD....seems the nerves that were cut did not heal as they should have and they are misfiring pain signals to the brain....it is a lifelong disease but can be put into remission if it is caught early enough.....or that is the hope anyway of every patient that has it.....now dont get me wrong....I do know others that did very well.....if I had to do it again, I would....I was unable to ever put my foot on the floor and I also believe that the longer you wait to see a doctor when the first signs begin to show up play a big part in what happens too....I think that having the surgery for some is elective...but to be honest, for some of us, and I have chatted with several people on this board that agree, that is was not elective at all and felt they had no choice.....myself being one of them....but this really has to be a personal decision based on the severity of the PF or whatever foot problems you are facing.....as I said, even with the hell I have gone through, I would do it again if the situation were the same....I really dont feel I had a choice since I had walked around or 3/4 of a year with the foot never being flat on the ground....that in itself causes other problems as it did with me....but again, I do know people that have had this done and they do get wonderful results and recover from PF and some people recover without surgery....surgery is a last option and one that needs to be researched prior to making a decision.....I would never advise anyone to not have it because only that person knows the pain level they face each day.....but I would advise one to know what they are getting into and to see several specialists before making the final decision....

You did not state your problem in your post....if it was in another and I missed it I am sorry :( but if you dont mind, could you tell me what foot problems you have? whatever it is, my heart goes out to you because I know first hand that having these problems make a person feel as though they are between a rock and a hard place....whatever your issue, try all the conservative first but at the same time, be careful not to let it go on too long either because as I said, your gait can create all kinds of other issues for you.....I wish you well and look forward to seeing your post of your story.....best wishes to you and happy holidays :) sorry for the long post but when you start to talk about foot issues, there are so many things to consider....and each person has their own nitemare :) good luck to you.... :)

Re: Benefits of surgery

J. King on 12/20/02 at 13:21 (103616)

Pam

I have had PF on and off for about 17 years. It resolved for a while but now is back for the last 6 years. I have tried all the conservative treatments. I was scheduled for surgery about 18 months ago but backed out.
I am glad I did to an extent. Both my whole feet are inflamed and tender. I just dont't see how surgery is going to cure inflamation. I had a surgery on my wrist that failed and I don't want that to happen again.

John King

Re: Benefits of surgery

laura o on 12/20/02 at 14:11 (103625)

hello, i had the surgery on november 12th 2002,(right foot) and yes it has helped i do still have pain but it is much better then before the surgery,and on december 27th 2002 i will be haveing surgery again on my left foot

Re: Benefits of surgery

laura o on 12/20/02 at 14:17 (103627)

i was reading your letter and i know how you feel! i also walked around in pain so bad,that toward the end i could now walk anymore,i went to a footdoctor,and went through therapy,shots, tapeing the feet,the support for my shoes,i did it all,i suffered for a year and last month i had the surgery and will be going next week and haveing the other foot fixed, i still have pain,but i do feel much better,and i was told it will be sore for a few months up to a year

Re: Benefits of surgery

Dr. Z on 12/20/02 at 16:19 (103639)

There is a high incidence of destablization of the lateral side of the foot when you have both feet done. Once you cut the plantar fascia you are losing the main support system of the entire feet. This is a major complication that can lead to a LIFE long time of chronic pain. I know the one foot feels pretty good but this is a complication that can be avoided with ESWT. Talk to your doctor and see what he has to say about this problem . It is called calcaneal cuboid syndrome. Search the web site there are many cases of this problem. We just discuess a very serious case just within the last few weeks. Happy holiday. I don't want to be the one to point this out but it is my duty