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Considering Endoscopic plantar fascia release surgery

Posted by LIL B on 4/01/03 at 13:02 (115101)

this is the first time i have posted to this board but i have been reading the messages for the past 6 months or so. and just wanted to get feedback on the endoscopic release surgery.

I have been having pain for 2yrs.

Here is what i have tried so far:
Have had 2 pairs of orthodics (soft & hard), In 2 yrs have had 9 injections, Have tried differenct shoes, trying night splint now, stretching 4times a day, pain meds and anit-inflamatories every day. I do get some relief and then something happens and i step wrong or i wrentch my foot and it flares back up again.

My orthopedic surgeon at this last flare up 10 days ago refered me to a specialist about 2hrs away.
The specialist gave me 2 choices:
1. 6 weeks of PT 3 times a week, new meds every day (twice a day), strectching 4 times a day, ice, rest, and night splints.
2. Endoscopic plantar fascia release surgery

i started the with the first suggestion but i am just wondering if i am wasting my money. He said i could go either way that if its not better in 6 weeks or there is not significant improvement by then he will do the surgery or I could chose the surgery now.

Just thought i would hear what you guys thought.

thank you!

Re: Considering Endoscopic plantar fascia release surgery

SteveG on 4/01/03 at 13:30 (115103)

I don't see any mention of ESWT as a treatment option. This should definitely be tried before you consider surgery. In fact, I would consider multiple ESWT treatments before I let them cut my foot. If you are not familiar with this treatment, you can find a lot of info about it on this site. I am quite surprised that your pod has not mentioned this option to you.

Re: Considering Endoscopic plantar fascia release surgery

BrianG on 4/02/03 at 23:19 (115241)

Hi Lil,

Please don't let anyone rush you into surgry! This form of PF surgery has been falling out of favour with Pods for the past few years. Do a search on this site, and I think it wll open our eyes!!!!! Try typing in the whole name, or just EPF. I am just one person who had failed EPF, and I feel fortunate that I did not develope any additional nerve problems, as so may others have.

ESWT is good, and what about pain meds to buy you some time. You never know when that cure will happen. In going through the search feature, you'll find many people who ended up much worse, after the EPF surgery. And don't forget, failed surgery is for life!!!

Have you tried rest? It's one of the best things you can do, and it's free :*) Do you work? Are you on your feet alot, every day? If so, you could be setting up your surgery to fail. I wouldn't have any surgery, until the doctor can give me a written promise that I will be healed. I was just reading on the FDA website last night. Only about 50% of the surgical procedures have a positive outcome. Doesn't sound too good to me.

Good luck