All surgeries have risks, and surgery to address plantar fasciitis symptoms is no exception. Plantar fasciitis symptoms cause excruciating heel pain, especially when taking those first few steps in the morning or after a long period of rest. But how will you know when it’s time to consider surgery to end your plantar fasciitis symptoms?
You should make every effort to treat plantar fasciitis symptoms in the traditional manner before resorting to surgery. If rest, ice and ibuprofen, plantar stretches and massage, proper footwear, and orthotics do not relieve your plantar fasciitis symptoms, surgery may be worth considering.
According to Orthopedics.about.com, patients should fit the following criteria before resorting to surgery for plantar fasciitis symptoms:
Symptoms for at least 9 months of treatment
Participation in daily treatments (exercises, stretches, etc.)
Understanding of the potential risks and benefits of surgery
In surgery for plantar fasciitis symptoms, the surgeon cuts part of the plantar fascia ligament to relieve some tension. The surgeon makes an incision around the heel pad, then to the fascia ligament. If you also have a heel spur, it could be removed along with any damaged tissue. After surgery, you may have to wear a cast or a brace to aid in healing. It will take at least three months to regain full activity of the foot.
Surgery for plantar fasciitis can be very successful, with about 70-80% of patients finding relief from plantar fasciitis symptoms. If plantar fasciitis symptoms have been a problem for a year or more.