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post Plantar fasciitis surgery


I had surgery on my left foot in Jan 2000. I have what seems to be a lot of scar tissue in that area now and it hurts really bad. I am on my feet walking a lot since I am a retail mananger for a large retail store. It is quite painful. I am not sure what to do. I had a couple of steroid shots in that tissue after the surgery but it was no help. I am at loss as to what to do. I am also diabetic and have neuropathy of my feet. Is there anything I can do to help this? Exercise etc? I have the plantar fasciitis also in right foot but refuse to ever have that surgery again, since the surgery one hurts worse now than before the surgery. I woud appreciate any input. Thank’s for this message board.


  1. After 14 months of physical therapy, shots, and endless visits to five different doctors, I had surgery on one of my feet to relieve my bilateral plantar fasciitis and tarsal tunnel syndrome. With my doctor’s guidance, I elected to do surgery on one foot at a time, and see what happened.Nine months later, I am seeing little or no improvement. I was able to slowly increse my activity level until 8 months after surgery, when both feet relapsed. The bilateral nature of the temporary improvement that I saw makes it difficult for me to say without any lingering doubt that the surgery caused the improvement. Still, I had to try, so I have no regrets.At best, my feet are now as painful as they were before the surgery. My activity level prior to relapse included nothing more than mundane and infrequent trips to the grocery store, standing in the park long enough to swing my 20 month old son, and the occasional walk around the block. Weight bearing athletic activity is no longer an option.I’ve tried custom orthotic inserts (three different pairs), physical therapy, stretching, massage, chiropractics, rolling my feet on a tennis ball, icing, targeted exercises, and rest, Vioxx, Advil, Tylenol… the list goes on. I have yet to find anything that improves my condition. What I do know is that the only thing that relieves pain in the short-term is to simply not use my feet.Everyone heals differently. I hope you have better luck than I’m having. I am amazed that you’re able to stand on concrete for 10 hours a day as you say, especially without custom orthotics. I can’t tolerate much walking or any standing without mine. Best of luck to you.

  2. I am sorry you did not have the expected outcome from your surgery. Have you tried an orthotic either pre-fab or customn? Have you have physical therapy- such as ultrasound or muscle stim?

    • No actually I haven’t had any PT or any of those things. I was laid off and lost insurance and haven’t gone back and after that doc messed up my foot, I was afraid to go back to him. What kind of orthotic would be good? I am on my feet, walking on concrete at least 10 hours a day.Thanks

  3. Generally speaking, I tell my patients you get what you pay for. In my practice I use 2 different pre-fabs often. The Viscoped by Bauerfeind and a Gaitor by Tulis. They are not all things to all people, but neither do reading glasses work on everyone. I usually have the patient walk in either one and see if they like it. Also a good walking shoe susch as the SAS Freetime or a New Balance walking shoe (there are many other good brands) can be very helpful for working on concrete.You might also try freezing a water bottle and rolling your foot on it for 10 minutes 3 times a day. This will help massage and cool down the area.Good luck