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Post PF surgery

Posted by LIL B on 5/28/03 at 11:53 (120149)

Just thought i would post on here about my surgery. I had the Endoscopic PF surgery about 6 weeks ago and things are going good. I had a lot of pain before surgery on the inside right of my heel. (had 9 injections, taped, 3 pairs of shoe inserts, 2 rounds of physical therapy and lots of medicine) and for the first time in 3yrs there is no pain there now. I am able to walk on it without aid of crutches. Dont get me wrong i still have them with me at work and use them when my foot gets tired and i wont be running any marathons anytime soon but i am really pleased with the results so far. I am 28yrs old and for 3 years my foot controlled my life. I got really depressed because one doctor would do all he could do for me and pass me off to another doctor. and finally found a foot specialist who really listened to me and didnt load me up on meds and new orthodics.

The surgery lasted about 45 mins. I had 2 stitches that disolved on their on. I was on crutches with no weight bearing for 10 days with an ace wrap (hospital gave me a cast cover that works great in the shower!). and gradually increased activities per dr's orders (1st week 1/3 weight with crutches, second week 1/2 weight with crutches then 3 week full weight with crutches). I was driving after 2 1/2 weeks (stick shift) and back to work at the same time. I go back the first of June for my 8 week check-up. Was really sore the first 10 days and really tired from using crutches. And the incision on the left side is still sore. But i am finally free of Pain meds and anti-inflammatories. Its great. Sorry so long winded.

Re: Post PF surgery

SteveG on 5/28/03 at 13:34 (120165)

Great to hear that surgery went well for you. Take care of yourself and don't rush into too much activity too soon.

Re: Great to hear a positive story

JanaC on 5/28/03 at 17:34 (120195)

I am planning on surgery Jul. so I am happy to hear someone post good news. How did you decide between which procedure to do? Seems like orthopedics do minimal incision (a 1 inch scar) and the podiatrists seem to use the into topic method. Who did your surgery? I'm in San Diego and looking for good recommendations.

Please follow up with your progress so we can see how it's going.

Re: Great to hear a positive story

Rose M. on 5/29/03 at 12:13 (120269)

Hi, I am also going to have surgery in July at kaiser. I have a wonderful surgeon who believes in all sorts of alternative methods and medicine before resorting to surgery. I am having both feet done at once. One is for PF and the other is for a neuroma. I am having the open surgery. I welcome your comments.

Re: Great to hear a positive story

Rose M. on 5/29/03 at 12:16 (120270)

I forgot to say that I am also in San Diego. And YES...it is good to hear some positive reports. My doctor said that it is dangerous reading about all the bad things that happen. He says that most all his patients come in for their 6 week check up just thrilled at their results. So I think it is more important to dwell on the positive, especially before surgery.

Re: Post PF surgery

LIL B. on 5/29/03 at 12:17 (120271)

thank you. i am just taking it easy. hopefully by end of summer there wont be any soreness and am thinking maybe i still need to go to physical therapy??? any suggestions. i havent talked to my dr about it yet. was waiting till i got off of crutches.

Re: Great to hear a positive story

LIL B. on 5/29/03 at 12:28 (120272)

My podiatrist refered me to an ortho doctor not far from my house and he tried the injections, different shoe inserts and physical therapy. it got better for awhile then it got worse. He then said i needed to go see an orthopedic foot specialist about 2hrs from my house to make sure nothing else was going on. Was in a lot of pain before surgery. and i totally trusted both of these guys and we talked over my options and the specialist had had great success with EPF in the past. it was my choice to have the surgery. he didnt push me into it. Said we could try injections and physical therapy for awhile longer but it didnt work in the past and i was just tired of all the money going out the window. and i can honestly say i am very happy with the results. just waiting on the last incision to heel completly.

Re: Great to hear a positive story

LIL B. on 5/29/03 at 12:30 (120273)

i live in South Carolina and DR Sherriff in Charleston did mine. great dr. sorry couldnt help.

Re: question about post surgery numbness

BobbiF on 5/30/03 at 09:35 (120361)

I may be jumping the gun since I had an Instep Plantar Fasciotomy yesterday but I am a little concerned at how well my foot felt afterward! It was very numb post surgery and my toes and the ball of my foot are stillI very numb. I was expecting pain but it was slow in coming and the foot doesn't quite seem to belong to me. I am sure this is to be expected but it's a bit alarming. I'll be seeing my doc this afternoon but I have been searching the web for infor and finding very little. How were the days immediately following you surgery? Any numbness? I am glad you are doing so well. I can't wait to get back to normal activities and not limp around in the most pathetic manner!

Re: question about post surgery numbness

BobbiF on 5/30/03 at 13:28 (120396)

Thanks for your reply. My toes are returning slowly but surely and I think you were smart to stay off your feet right after your surgery and I am doing just that. It's hard though with three kids busy making messes for me to clean up! I am so happy that my heel, which is usually painful to the touch, feels great. My arch hurts but that's to be expected and I have a great feeling about this if I can just hang in there patiently while everything heals. I have been pretty much disabled for 11 months, unable to run or do any of the activities I love. I am hopeful that I'll be able to return to much of the activity levels I once enjoyed although I am willing to modify if I have to!


Re: question about post surgery numbness

frostymom on 5/31/03 at 19:49 (120563)

I had mine done on the 23rd. My toes and all were just like yours for a good day or so. I have got alot of bruising still, lots of ball of foot pain too. Ice packs did help, And yes had some numbness, and some now too