If you suffer from plantar fasciitis and your orthopedist has recommended surgery, you want to learn what to expect before you have the surgery done. You'll find important information on the surgery in the article below.
How is the surgery done?
When you have plantar fascia surgery done, the orthopedic surgeon will numb the area and make a small incision right above the heel pad on your foot. They may also make another small incision on the bottom of your foot. The tension in the plantar fascia will be released, either by the surgeon detaching it from the heel or with small incisions made on either side.
A small amount of bone may also be removed and the surface of the remaining bone will be smoothed down. Some damaged tissue may also be taken out and a portion of your abductor halluces may also be freed to prevent the trapping of nerves. The incisions will be closed and your foot will be bandaged to protect it against dirt and germs.
Is surgery an option for anyone affected with plantar fasciitis?
Only a small amount of people are generally good candidates for the surgery. A number of factors will be considered by your orthopedist before they suggest surgery as a viable option. Such considerations as the severity, the length of time you've had symptoms and your lifestyle will come in to play during the determination.
How is the recovery process?
If you have undergone the traditional form of the surgery, then you will be a bit more limited right after the surgery than someone who has endoscopic surgery. You will more than likely be given a CAM walker and told not to put any weight on your foot for at least 2 weeks. If you had endoscopic surgery then you will be able to walk and wear shoes as soon as you feel comfortable enough to do so.
Is there physical therapy involved with the recovery process?
As you begin to heal, you will be given a variety of lightweight exercises you can do. These exercises will help with both flexibility and strengthening. However, you will be restricted from doing anything too strenuous, such as running, climbing and jumping for at least a few months after the surgery.
If you have plantar fasciitis, you may want to speak to a medical provider, such as Sturdy Memorial Hospital, about whether or not surgery is the right option for you.