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Are there any risks involved in a plantar fasciotomy surgery?

Just like any other surgery, fasciotomy has its risks. Your doctor will tell you more about them and take all the necessary steps in order to minimize them during and after the intervention.

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 are common to foot surgery and they involve:

  • Postsurgical infection - possible complication after any surgical procedure. Postoperative infection will be treated with antibiotics and may require further surgery.
  • 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.

As with any other surgery, there are potential complications with plantar fasciotomy as well, however, 70-80% of patients find relief after this procedure. If plantar fasciitis has been causing problems for a year or more, it may be worth to undergo surgery even with the potential risks.

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