Am I qualified for plantar fasciotomy?

Patients typically qualify for fasciotomy if they have tried conservative treatments such as anti-inflammatory medicine or arch support for approximately 9-12 months without achieving pain relief.

Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that causes stabbing or burning heel pain when the tissue along the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed.

When other conservative measures have failed, surgery may be the best option for patients with severe pain, and the most prevalent surgical treatment is plantar fasciotomy.

Eligibility criteria for plantar fasciotomy

Only a podiatrist can tell you whether you qualify for this procedure or not. Generally, the following patients may benefit from plantar fasciotomy:

  • those who suffered severe burns
  • obese patients
  • athletes who suffered severe impact injuries
  • people who have been bitten by snakes
  • patients experiencing heel pain after 6-12 months of non-surgical treatment
  • those whose work is affected by this condition
  • people who can't do moderate exercise

Risks involved in a plantar fasciotomy surgery

Before the procedure, your podiatrist will tell you about the potential complications of the plantar fasciotomy surgery. One of the particular risks associated with this surgery is that the arch can slightly drop, which may lead to feet problems. Other risks may include:

  • postsurgical infection: possible complication after any surgical procedure. The postoperative infection will be treated with antibiotics and may require further interventions
  • blood clots
  • anesthesia-related risks
  • persistent heel pain
  • damaged nerves during the surgery: patients experiencing pain or numbness in the areas of the foot following surgery

Despite these potential complications, 70-80% of patients find relief after this procedure, with reduced pain and improved mobility. Understanding what the treatment entails and the risks and benefits involved are essential, especially for patients suffering from plantar fasciitis for a year or longer.


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