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Understanding Plantar Fasciitis -- Diagnosis and Treatment

Surgery for Plantar Fasciitis

Most practitioners agree that treatment for plantar fasciitis is a slow process. Improvement usually takes six to 12 weeks, and the condition may still linger, at a lower level of pain, for up to six months or longer. If these more conservative measures don't provide relief in a reasonable length of time, your doctor may suggest surgical options.

The most common surgery for plantar fasciitis is called a plantar fascia release, which involves releasing a portion of the plantar fascia from the heel bone. A plantar fascia release can be performed as a traditional surgery through a regular incision, or as endoscopic surgery, in which a tiny incision allows a miniature scope to be inserted and surgery to be performed.

About one in 20 patients with plantar fasciitis will need surgery. As with any surgery, there is a chance that you will continue to have pain afterwards.

How Can I Prevent Plantar Fasciitis?

While there are no sure ways to prevent plantar fasciitis, these prevention tips may be helpful:

  • Keep your weight under reasonable control.
  • Wear comfortable, supportive shoes.
  • Use care when starting or intensifying exercise programs.

 

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WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David Zelman, MD on March 10, 2014

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