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I'm having my surgery (Endoscopic Plantar Faciotomy) on 11/13/2017 (one week from today). I've been trying to rest as much as I can leading up to the surgery, that's about it for prep. My doctor makes it sound very easy and straightforward. Sure hope it turns out that way. I'm finding that a short walk (1/2 mile or so) twice a day makes my foot feel better, anything more makes it sore. I've written a blog about my experience, which I will update after the surgery.
Correction to blog link: https://chronicpf.wordpress.com/
DON'T HAVE THE SURGERY!!!!! I AM URGING YOU IN ALL CAPS!!! DON'T DO IT!
I am two years post op and I have had nothing but complications and excrutiating pain. I'm literally back in the walking boot they gave me for the surgery because I have more stress fractures now. I wish I never had it!
Find a doctor or a chiropractor or even some PT places may have it.... Low Laser Treatment Therapy. It works! I wish I had found out that my old chiropractor had this BEFORE my surgery. I go to him now when I can't stand the pain. I like you had suffered from the PF with bone spurs for too long so I opted for the surgery hoping that I would be back to my old self in 3-6 months. Worst decision of my life! My doctor should have offered me the walking boot before surgery but when I inquired about it, he laughed in my face. Then, I found out his partner treated another patient by having her wear the boot for several weeks. It calmed her inflammation and she was able to avoid having the surgery.
My suggestions: Try the walking boot first, and search for the low laser therapy. Wait it out for another month and see if your inflammation settles down.
I'm glad your surgery went well. You are one of the lucky ones. You really are lucky. I hope you continue to recover. Don't overdo it on your runs.
Think about what I posted about the low laser therapy and walking boot. Try Hoka sneakers or a good pair of Asics too. I wish I had discovered these prior to my surgery.
Yes, I've read many stories of success and failure. It hasn't been an easy decision, and every case is different. Thank you Ely and Joan for your thoughts and suggestions. With all due respect, I think we are more likely to hear about the bad outcomes, because the good ones often go unreported. I have tried many different treatments, and the condition will not go away. Even months of rest does not help. I will report back on my surgery and recovery.
That's great Ely, I'm glad you are doing well. My daughter is in Podiatry school, and her professors all recommend the guy who is doing my surgery. He's considered the best in this area (SF Bay Area, CA) for this surgery. So, I think I have every chance for a good outcome. I've been going to the gym throughout, to stay in shape and keep my weight down (I'm 5'10" and 180 lbs.). I'm finding the elliptical to be helpful, my foot tends to feel better after 20-30 minutes of it. The rowing machine is also good for cardio with low foot stress. There is a lot of weight training you can do without straining your feet. Stretching a lot also, wearing my orthotics and Ufos around the house.
I tried one but didn't find it very helpful.
I guess I don't have the same problem with this. I don't have pain on the first steps in the morning any more. I had that in the beginning, but now I only get pain after too much standing/walking/etc. In fact, my foot usually feels the best in the morning. It is worst after a lot of walking and then sitting for a while. When I get back up and try to walk, that's when the pain is the worst for me.