Severe Pain in my foot

by Dr. Neal Blitz

I am a 47 year old female living in Manhattan. I have been having severe pain in my foot and I was doing some research on what could be causing my pain. I came across Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy. What exactly is this and how do I know if I have it?

Heel pain, plantar fasciitis, or heel spur syndrome, can cause direct pain on the heel.  The pain can be mild to intense.  The symptoms tend to be worse with activity, and especially when getting up from a peroid of rest – such as getting out of bed in the morning.  The diagnosis is often made from a physical exam performed by a specialist, and an xray is needed to see if a heel spur is present.

Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy can be performed to release a tight ligament on bottom of the foot through small incisions.  However, if you have a heel spur, then heel spur removal surgery may be helpful.  Plantar fasciitis surgery is best for people who have failed medical treatments for 6-9 months.



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