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A 37-year-old female asked:

I have heel spurs(plantar fasciitis ). would surgery completely eliminate it?

5 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 32 years experience
Last resort: Normally this is a last resort since this is caused by improper biomechanical support. Injections, taping, orthotics and stretching exercises are often successful. Surgery to remove spur and release tension on plantar fascia can be considered if other measures do not work. Diagnosis should be re-evaluated first. Surgery if often but not always successful.
Dr. Eric Lullove
Podiatry 20 years experience
No: Surgery for plantar fasciitis is always a last resort treatment. You need to have a podiatrist evaluate you and recommend conservative therapies such as physical therapy, injections and tapings to help relieve the pain. The pain is usually caused by a tense achilles tendon complex and all you need is appropriate stretching exercises for your calf.
Dr. Brandon Macy
Podiatry 42 years experience
Only as a: Last resort. Statistics show that 95% of the time conservative methods resolve plantar fasciitis within 4-6 months.Surgery is indicated perhaps 1% of the time and shouldn't be utilized as a first line treatment.
Dr. Adam Teichman
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 20 years experience
Yes: If you suffer from plantar fasciitis and have exhausted all conservative measures then surgery would be indicated. The last resort is always surgery and releasing the fascial band is indicated when your heel pain has not resolved in 6-12 months. Visit heelpainnow.Com for more information.
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Unpredictable: About 80% of the patients that have heel surgery are pain free. The surgery can take up to several months to completely heal. Other treatments prior to surgery could include the MLS laser and ECWT(extra corpeal shock wave therapy).

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A 47-year-old member asked:

Difference between a heel spur or plantar fasciitis?

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Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 32 years experience
Simular: When there is excessive tension or strain in arch(plantar fascia) plantar fasciitis develops. If the tension is where the plantar fascia( or achilles tendon if back of heel.) attaches to heel, a sharp projection of boen called a spur often will arise. The cause is the same. The difference is wear the tension is.

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