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Plantar Fasciitis Surgery

Plantar Fasciitis Surgery NYC

If you’re experiencing foot pain on the bottom of your foot 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. Jennifer McCoy.

Your fascia is a connective tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot. It’s thin, but can vary in thickness and elasticity, as well as in density and composition. The fascia is similar to a ligament, but is neither a ligament nor a tendon. 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 remove or repair the fascia is called a fasciotomy, and it’s the most common procedure your foot doctor performs to treat plantar fasciitis. Heel spurs may also form to irritate the fascia. These can be removed through a fasciotomy.

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.

How It Gets Started

Generally, plantar fasciitis develops from long periods of time on your feet or from poorly fitting shoes. The condition also may be caused by obesity or putting too much pressure on your feet when you walk. 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 it is moderate to severe heel pain. Your Manhattan podiatrist typically advises non-surgical or conservative treatment. But if they don’t resolve your pain after nine to 12 months, you may need surgery.

Diagnosis for Plantar Fasciitis Surgery

If you have been injured in the heel area of your foot, a fasciotomy procedure may be administered in an emergency situation. Usually, however, you have time to prepare. You may even have time to try at-home care to see if it can resolve the issue without surgery.

The effectiveness of the surgery depends a lot on your overall health. This surgery is most appropriate if you can’t find relief with other treatments. If your podiatric doctor recommends fasciotomy to repair a burn injury to your foot, you may need electrolytes and extra fluids before your surgery. Otherwise, preparations for the procedure are fairly simple.

Preparation for Surgery

Before the procedure, a foot doctor or podiatrist has to inform you of the criteria to meet to have surgery. One is a period of no more than 12 months of failed non-surgical treatments. You should have attempted stretching exercises and therapy over this period of time as well. You’ll also 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 a general or local anesthetic to numb your foot for the surgery. There are risks associated with anesthesia, as well as the possibility of blood clotting or blood thinning after the surgery. In the event of an unsuccessful plantar fasciitis surgery, you may have to undergo the surgery again or have additional surgeries should complications occur.

The main function of the plantar fascia surgery is to relieve pressure on your fascia. Your foot specialist or orthopedic surgeon either cuts the plantar fascia tissue to release pressure or removes part of it. Then an incision is made around the pad of your heel. If heel or bone spurs are present, they can be s removed at this point without damaging any tissue.

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 success rate of 95 percent. Complications are extremely low. Your recovery time for plantar fascia surgery is six to 10 weeks before you can comfortably walk without the assistance of a cane or crutches. 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 queasy, 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

If you need to treat burns to your feet or a poisonous snakebite to the fascia area, however, there aren’t many nonsurgical alternatives. 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. Jennifer McCoy 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 a definitive medical advice. Please consult 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 like to schedule an appointment with an internationally recognized, top NYC Podiatrist and foot doctor, Dr. Jennifer McCoy of Manhattan Foot Specialists, please contact our office for consultation.

Manhattan Foot Specialists
Dr. Jennifer McCoy, Podiatrist (NYC Foot Doctor)

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

(Between Madison Ave & Park Ave)
(212) 687-2930

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