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How long does it take to recover from plantar fasciitis surgery?

How long does it take to recover from plantar fasciitis surgery?

How long has it hurt: Depending on how long the pain was present prior to treatment, it ca take several weeks to months to fully heal. If it's a chronic problem that has been ongoing for years, even with eswt, physical therapy, and injections it can take 3 months or more. If there is additional nerve damage in the area, it may be even longer. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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Plantar Fasciitis (Definition)

Pain at the area where the band of tissue referred to as the plantar fascia on the bottom of the foot inserts into the heel bone. Too much tension brings on pain. Wearing flat shoes or going barefoot on hard surfaces can be some of the causes that bring this pain. Do not let it linger too long. Can last for months. Pain mostly when standing up ...Read more


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I've just had plantar fasciitis surgery. How long will the recovery time be?

I've just had plantar fasciitis surgery. How long will the recovery time be?

Ask your sugeon: I am kind of surprised this question would be asked after the surgery and not before. All doctors have different protocols. You did not mention if you are on crutches, in a cast, in a splint, allowed to walk? Did you have the plantar fascia cut? Was a bone spur resected as well? All this info would be needed to know. Without knowing I would tell you 6-8 weeks. But that depends on many variables. ...Read more

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Can I take any anti-inflammatories for plantar fasciitis instead of going to surgery?

Can I take any anti-inflammatories for plantar fasciitis instead of going to surgery?

Yes: I would recommend that you try conservative treatment first before you consider surgery. Oral anti-inflamatories and steroid injections, custom orthotics, ultasound treatments and streching can be very benificial in trating plantar fasciitis. Only 5% of my patients need surgery for plantar fasciitis. Most patients respond well to conservative treatment. ...Read more

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Is there a surgery for plantar fasciitis?

Yes: When all other measures have been exhausted, surgery for plantar fasciitis may be indicated. Surgery involves release of the plantar fascia itself. This can be done by an open procedure with one of several incision approaches or endoscopically. The procedure chosen by a surgeon is based on preference and patient selection criteria. ...Read more

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Has anyone here done surgery for plantar fasciitis?

Has anyone here done surgery for plantar fasciitis?

Surgery works...: ...But should be a last resort. The vast majority of plantar fasciitis cases are handled with conservative treatment. In columbus, consider a second opinion with dr charles greiner or dr animesh bhatia. ...Read more

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Will plantar fasciitis heal on its own without surgery?

Will plantar fasciitis heal on its own without surgery?

Usually.: The more you can do together, the better:
#1: supportive shoes.
#2: firm inserts or orthotics.
#3: oral antiinflammatories (check with your doctor for dosing).
#4: stretching your foot and calf.
#5: icing (10 min at a time).

You may also need physical therapy or cortisone injections, or eswt if available in your area. Very few people go on to surgery, but it is a possible treatment. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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I have surgery scheduled for plantar fasciitis this Friday but would like a second opinion. I have tried​ everything my doctor had suggested.

I have surgery scheduled for plantar fasciitis this Friday but would like a second opinion. I have tried​ everything my doctor had suggested.

Second opinion: That is a viable option. You wrote in to the health education portion of health Tap. We can not provide a second opinion. Heath Tap Concierge and Prime offer medical advice/ treatment. However, to allow for direct physical examination - consider seeing a podiatrist or orthopedic surgeon in your area. ...Read more

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I had Plantar fasciitis surgery 3 weeks ago. The dr said to alternate betadine and NEOSPORIN. Would mupirocin ointment work?

I had Plantar fasciitis surgery 3 weeks ago. The dr said to alternate betadine and NEOSPORIN. Would mupirocin ointment work?

Ointment: The mupirocin would be acceptable to replace neosporin. However, I would still suggest betadine or a hard soap like cetaphil to keep the area clean. ...Read more

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Surgery on my foot due to plantar fasciitis, heel spur, tumor on nerve about 2wks ago. Painful still. Dr. Gave me a shot of cortisone didn't help. Next?

Follow up: With your surgeon, let them know your condition. Be patient but concerned. 2 weeks post- op is still considered part of the healing time. ...Read more

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I recently had endoscopic surgery for plantar fasciitis, now I have numbness in my foot, across the heel and down the side of my foot, what's going on?

I recently had endoscopic surgery for plantar fasciitis, now I have numbness in my foot, across the heel and down the side of my foot, what's going on?

Local nerve: Bruising, pressure, inflammation, infection, may have damaged the local cutaneous nerve.
See your surgeon.
Did the numbness occur immediately or delayed?
Local swelling, temperature, redness? ...Read more

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Do people ever need multiple surgeries for plantar fasciitis?

Do people ever need multiple surgeries for plantar fasciitis?

Yes: Yes, if scar tissue develops around the medial calcaneal (heel) nerve then another surgery may be needed. Sometimes a small incision plantar fasciotomy fails and larger incision surgery may be needed to also remove a heelspur. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a plantar fasciitis to heal if treated correctly?

1-6 weeks: Properly treated plantar fasciitis can heal in as little as one week, or can take six or more weeks. Much depends on the severity of the strain that occurred to the plantar fascia. ...Read more

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How long does it take to have newly made orthotics adjusted to your feet for treatment of plantar fasciitis?

How long does it take to have newly made orthotics adjusted to your feet for treatment of plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis: With orthotics it is necseeary to build up to full use - usually over 5-7 days. Then it may take 4-6 weeks to realize pain relief. Be patient, but don't let the time slip by either. If either seems to be taking too long see you podiatrist. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with a plantar fasciitis! How long does it usually take for a plantar fasciitis to go away?

Depends: On what you do for it. Would be wise to start reating. Usually is easier to get rid of in the acute stage than the chronic stage. ...Read more

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What exercises should I do while recovering from plantar fasciitis?

What exercises should I do while recovering from plantar fasciitis?

Combo treatment.: The more you can do together, the better: #1: supportive shoes. #2: firm inserts or orthotics. #3: oral antiinflammatories (check with your doctor). #4: icing (10 min at a time). #5: stretching your foot and calf (keep your knee straight and your heels on the ground, don't bounce, and hold the stretch for 60 seconds). You may also need physical therapy or cortisone injections. ...Read more

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Is there any medication that I can take for plantar fasciitis? Thank you.

Anti-inflammatories: All of the anti-inflammatories can help with pain - Ibuprofen and naprosyn (naproxen) are available over the counter and there are a myriad of prescription ones as well. The place to start is with proper footwear, good stretching (a runners type stretch of the calf muscles), and icing. An injection of corticosteroid into the place the fascia inserts on the hell can help. Losing weight can help. ...Read more

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Can I take naproxen and celebrex (celecoxib) together for plantar fasciitis?

Can I take naproxen and celebrex (celecoxib) together for plantar fasciitis?

No: Do not take more than one Non steroidal antiinflammatory at a time. You are increasing your chances of negative side effects and toxicity. Your kidney function and cardiovascular function are at the top of the list. See a practitioner to help you with non medication approaches to your problem. ...Read more

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I have plantar fasciitis. Taking celebrex (celecoxib) alone isn't helping much...Can I take it together with paracetamol? Thank you.

I have plantar fasciitis. Taking celebrex (celecoxib) alone isn't helping much...Can I take it together with paracetamol? Thank you.

Yes, one can...: Both are pain relievers. They work by different mechanisms, different cautions. Celebrex (celecoxib) is a variant of nsaid, with somewhat less inflammation of GI tract can still affect kidney function, bp, esp w/ longtime use (which also can increase cv risk). Paracetamol risk with liver (careful w/ alcohol intake). Stagger doses (not both at same time). Need to stretch, daily, a lot. ...Read more

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I take mobic (meloxicam) 7.5mg daily but was instructed to take another anti-inflammatory for 2 weeks to help with plantar fasciitis. What would be the best OTC?

I take mobic (meloxicam) 7.5mg daily but was instructed to take another anti-inflammatory for 2 weeks to help with plantar fasciitis. What would be the best OTC?

DO NOT COMBINE: I do not feel you should use two NSAID's together. If the Mobic (meloxicam) isn't working, discontinue that one before you start a second. NSAID's are not harmless drugs. ...Read more

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I have bilateral plantar fasciitis and chronic pain of right ankle due to some injuries. Can I take dance lessons (salsa, tango, swing.) &go dancing?

I have bilateral plantar fasciitis and chronic pain of right ankle due to some injuries. Can I take dance lessons (salsa, tango, swing.) &go dancing?

Not wise: The plantar fasciitis is unlikely to heal with an activity such as dancing. I would suggest you consult with a physician to discuss treatment options for you, so that you can see improvement and then eventually get back to dancing. Although you probably could push through the discomfort, your condition can not heal without a period of rest from stress on the fascia. ...Read more