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When Is Surgery Needed for Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. It involves the inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is a band of tissue that connects the toes to the heel along the sole of the foot. Most people with plantar fasciitis can be treated through a series of exercises, resting the foot, and wearing orthotics in the shoe. In rare cases, however, surgery is the only viable option for relief. Surgery should be considered only if the plantar fasciitis has not responded to ordinary treatment after at least six months to a year. In addition, if significant pain affects your job or daily activities, surgery may be an option. Further, if the pain caused by plantar fasciitis disrupts or inhibits the quality of your life, you may wish to explore surgical options. Plantar fascia release surgery cuts the plantar fascia to relieve tension. This can be done by cutting through the heel in open surgery or performing endoscopic surgery, which is less invasive but reduces access and view of the area. To find out more about the surgical options for relief from plantar fasciitis, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist. 

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Jeffrey Lerner  from Palm Beach Podiatric Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Wellington and Boca Raton, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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