Plantar Fasciitis Surgery

Cause of Plantar Fasciitis

First of all,let us learn more about the plantar fasciitis causes. The main cause of plantar fasciitis is unclear and may be due to a number of factors. Because of the high incidence in people who job and run for exercise, the cause of plantar fasciitis is best assumed to be caused by repetitive stress on the heel of the feet. For the record, women are more likely to get plantar fasciitis than males with the majority of sufferers age 40 and above. It is also more prone to people who are over weight, hold a job that require long standing hours and those that are required to walk on hard surfaces regularly.

Cause of plantar fasciitis can be Biomechanical factors, such as uncharacteristic inward twisting of the foot (pronation – A high percentage of people with plantar fasciitis also suffer from excessive pronation), high arches, flat feet, or tight tendons along the back of the heel (Achilles tendons). Plantar fasciitis problems in people can also be natural process of aging as it can be found in more elderly than the young.

In rare cases, plantar fasciitis problems can be due to an accident or injury to the plantar fascia thus causing plantar fasciitis. Research and x-ray tests has found that heel spur is not the cause of plantar fasciitis, since heel spur commonly occur in people with or without plantar fasciitis condition.

Surgery for Plantar Fasciitis

Conservative treatment for plantar fasciitis is almost always successful, given enough time and the correct treatment. Duration of treatment can be anywhere from several months to 2 years before symptoms resolved, most of the patients, in fact about 90% will also be better in 9 months.

If conservative treatments fail to cure your heel pain, plantar fasciitis surgery might be an option that you might consider. A plantar fasciitis surgery seeks to remove heel spur and separation of the fascial tissue from the heel bone (plantar fasciotomy).

The surgery involves the separation of the fascial tissue by making a small incision on the inside of the heel and gently cuts away the tissue. During the plantar fasciitis surgery, if heel spurs are found, your surgeon may remove them after the fascial tissue is removed from the heel bone.

Plantar fasciitis surgery is usually performed as an outpatient basis. A cast is also generally needed to immobilize the foot for 2 to 3 weeks after surgery and surgeon will recommend patients to come out a few session of physical therapy. With no aftermath complications, healing is complete in about 8 weeks.

At this moment of writing, there is a relatively new non-invasive and non-surgical technique to cure plantar fasciitis and heel pain. This new technique uses a lithotriptor device (similar to those used to eliminate kidney stones in people’s body) to generate shock waves meant at the treatment area. The shock waves achieve therapeutic results by increasing blood flow to trigger a healing reaction. This relieves inflammation in the heel and reduces chronic pain.

With surgical and non-surgical treatments available, both plantar fasciitis and heel pain should not be put up with as a consequence of aging, injury or regular physical activity. While a simple adjustment of every day activities to diminish stress on the feet can help relieve your pain. Those with persistent heel pain should see a podiatric foot and ankle surgeons to consult and determine the most appropriate treatments to cure them of their plantar fasciitis problems.