Published on Nov 19, 2016, modified on Nov 10, 2018 by Dr. Solomon (Podiatrist in NYC), Manhattan Foot Specialists

Plantar Fasciitis Surgery

If you’re experiencing foot pain on the bottom of your heel and have been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis by your podiatrist, you may require plantar fascia surgery. To be certain, schedule an appointment with a leading podiatrist in NYC, Dr. Sophia Solomon.

Your fascia is a connective tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot. It is a thin band that connects your heel to your forefoot but can vary in thickness if it is inflamed. The fascia is similar to a ligament in that it can tear, thicken and become painful. The fascia may be injured by direct trauma or by constant strain over time. Fasciitis is the medical term for a swelling or inflammation of your fascia tissue.

The surgery to lengthen the plantar fascia is called a fasciotomy, and it is commonly performed by foot doctors to treat heel pain and plantar fasciitis. Heel spurs may also form from the pulling of the plantar fascia on the bone but the source of the pain is typically the fascia itself and not the spur.

All symptoms, potential procedural/surgical options should always be discussed with your podiatrist after a thorough consultation and examination for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

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What Causes Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis can develop in anyone but certain foot types have an increased tendency to develop this pain. Those with abnormally high or low arches are more at risk to develop plantar fasciitis as well as those who spend a lot of time on their feet. Wearing flat unsupportive shoes can increase your risk greatly and those that are obese are especially prone to plantar fasciitis. People who are at a higher risk of developing plantar fasciitis are mail carriers, teachers, nurses, runners and others who stay on their feet for extended durations of time.

If you have a foot condition that you think may be plantar fasciitis, visit a best ranking podiatrist in NYC for a full examination and diagnosis. The main symptom of this is heel pain after periods of rest. Your Manhattan podiatrist typically advises non-surgical or conservative treatment. But if your pain does not resolve after 6 months, you may need surgery.

Is Plantar Fasciitis Surgery for You

The effectiveness of the surgery depends a lot on your overall health. If you are overweight, your podiatric doctor may recommend weight loss in conjunction with the surgery. This surgery is most appropriate if you can’t find relief with other treatments

Preparation for Surgery

Before the procedure, a foot doctor or podiatrist has to inform you of the criteria to meet to have surgery. You should have attempted stretching exercises and physical therapy first. In some cases, steroid or PRP injections may be attempted during the conservative treatment stage. Once surgical management becomes something that is being considered, you will be made aware of the risks involved with plantar fasciitis surgery. It’s generally a safe procedure, but adverse side effects may still occur, as they can in any surgery, such as:

  • Infection: You can typically avoid infection by properly caring for the surgical incision and replacing dressings as it heals.
  • Form and function: Another risk is that the arch of your foot may be decreased if the fascia tension is relieved too much.
  • Nerve damage: Surgeries can also cause temporary and permanent nerve damage, in this case in the fascia tissue.
  • Continued pain: While most podiatrists are experts at releasing the fascia, there is a small chance that the surgery won’t end all of your heel pain.

The majority of patients who undergo plantar fasciitis surgery experience a successful recovery, but consider all the risks when discussing the option of surgery with a leading NYC podiatrist.

Surgical Procedure

Your podiatrist in New York may administer local anesthetic to numb your foot for the surgery and an anesthesiologist will be present to administer IV sedation. The plantar fascia is then released allowing a visible difference in the arch when the big toe is extended upward.

There are risks associated with the procedure and anesthesia. Blood clots, infection, and persistent pain are the most common complications

The main function of the plantar fascia surgery is to relieve tension of your plantar fascia. Your foot specialist or orthopedic surgeon cuts the plantar fascia tissue from a tiny incision releasing the tension of the tissue. In the rare case it is necessary to remove the bone spur, a small incision is made around the pad of your heel and the bone spur is removed.

A second surgical option is endoscopic plantar fascia surgery. This is a procedure that uses a small camera to view the affected area. This type of surgery is performed by a surgeon or a highly experienced NYC podiatrist who’s viewing a monitor that shows live images of inside your foot.

Recovery Time for Plantar Fasciitis Surgery

Plantar fasciitis surgery has a high success rate. Complications are extremely low. Your recovery time varies but you will typically spend a few weeks in a surgical shoe and may be advised to use a cane to help with stability and support when walking.

Consult your podiatric doctor, but you may have to wait up to three months before you attempt any strenuous activity or exercise.

A podiatric doctor in NYC may also recommend that you wear a brace or cast for two to three weeks after surgery to ease weight on your foot and heel. This precaution allows the fascia tissue to properly heal. Endoscopic surgery is a more precise surgery with smaller incisions and thus has a faster recovery time. You may be able to walk without assistance after three to six weeks.

Alternative Treatments from Your Manhattan Podiatrist

If the thought of surgery makes you uneasy, seek out a best NYC podiatrist. You can learn about all the potential non-operative treatments for plantar fasciitis. These might include:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Arch supports or custom orthotics for added support
  • Losing weight to lessen the stress on your feet

Your Manhattan foot specialist can determine the cause of your foot pain with a simple exam and questions about your general health and heredity before ever considering surgical interventions unless it’s an emergency. Talk to a top NYC podiatrist, Dr. Sophia Solomon, to determine why you’re in foot pain.

All symptoms, potential procedural/surgical options should always be discussed with your podiatrist after a thorough consultation and examination  for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

Important Reminder: This information is only intended to provide guidance, not definitive medical advice. Please consult your foot doctor about your specific condition. Only a trained, experienced board certified podiatrist or foot specialist can determine an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.

Do you have any questions about Plantar Fasciitis Surgery procedure in NYC? Would you like to schedule an appointment with an internationally recognized, top NYC Podiatrist and foot doctor, Dr. Sophia Solomon of Manhattan Foot Specialists?  Please contact our office for a consultation.

Manhattan Foot Specialists
Dr. Sophia Solomon, Podiatrist (NYC Foot Doctor)

51 East 25th Street, Ste 409
New York, NY 10010

(Between Madison Ave & Park Ave)
(212) 389-9918

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