Plantar Fasciitis Surgery
Graff Foot and Ankle sees many patients that are trying to decide if they should have plantar fasciitis surgery at our office in Plano, TX. Although not everyone makes a good candidate for this procedure, when conventional modes of therapy such as medications and physical therapy fail, surgical intervention may indeed be a good option for pain relief in the long term for some people.
This can be especially true for those who suffer from fasciitis of the feet (aka plantar), which sometimes may appear in combination with bone spurs under the heel. Although heel spurs are generally not the cause of plantar fasciitis in most cases, we also treat this condition. Excess bony growths in the heel can cause a great deal of discomfort on its own. We’re happy to speak with patients who may be suffering from both heel spurs and plantar fasciitis, and provide a treatment plan that will speak to both issues.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis describes inflammation of fasciae in one’s foot. A fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs throughout the body. When it is irritated, it can be incredibly painful, as well as extremely difficult to heal. People who experience this condition often describe the pain as “stabbing” or “burning.” Conventional treatment methods include medications, rest and ice, and injections, as well as other conservative approaches.
There are a number of different risk factors for fasciitis in the feet. They include being overweight, wearing shoes with no support, standing for long periods of time, and flat feet. Most of the problems people experience can be treated without surgical care—but not always.
Some cases of plantar fasciitis may be extremely difficult to treat. It is in these situations that we most often recommend a surgical intervention—but usually, after all, other methods of treatment have been exhausted. Generally, we recommend that patients try conventional methods for at least 12 months before exploring a surgical option. A thorough examination of the patient’s condition will take place to make sure that this procedure is the best fit for the situation.
Surgical Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis
An experienced physician at Graff Foot and Ankle performs each heel pain surgery, along with a supportive, knowledgeable staff. If we consult with you and decide the surgical treatment is the way to go, we’ll describe in detail the approach we are going to take, which usually involves removing some of the fasciae from the heel bone. Because fasciae act as shock absorbers, we may make some additional recommendations in terms of how to address this fact post-surgery for best results.
For any surgical procedure, we will outline a list of benefits and possible issues, along with some instructions for the day of the surgery itself. We ask that patients furnish us with a full list of medications and any other supplements taken regularly. Contact our office in Plano to schedule an evaluation to see if this procedure is an option for you.