If you’re dealing with stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot near the heel, plantar fascia surgery could be the answer. It’s a surgical procedure that can help address the inflammation of the connective tissue between the heel and toes.
Plantar fasciitis surgery is usually done as an outpatient surgery and takes a few days to recover. However, if you have other foot problems as well, it’s beneficial to combine other foot procedures with plantar fasciitis surgery.
Let’s explore plantar fasciitis surgery and discuss what other foot procedures can be combined with plantar fasciitis.
Plantar Fasciitis Surgery: An Overview
Plantar fasciitis surgery is usually performed when symptoms associated with plantar fasciitis last six months or more and do not respond to conservative treatments.
It may be referred to as a fasciotomy or a fasciectomy. In fasciotomy, an incision is made, but no tissues are removed, while in fasciectomy, an incision is made, and any scarred or inflamed tissue is removed.
Overall, plantar fasciitis surgery produces satisfactory results.
Foot Procedures That Can Be Combined with Plantar Fasciitis Surgery
In some cases, if needed, plantar fasciitis can be combined with other surgical procedures to address foot problems, such as flat feet, hammertoes, and bunions, to improve the overall foot function and reduce the risk of future problems.
However, the decision to combine foot and ankle surgeries should be made on a case-by-case basis after a thorough evaluation by a foot and ankle surgeon.
Here are some foot procedures that are occasionally combined with plantar fasciitis surgery.
Bunions can cause significant pain and affect your gait, further exacerbating plantar fasciitis symptoms. After a careful evaluation, an ankle doctor can combine bunion surgery with plantar fascia release surgery to address both issues simultaneously.
A hammertoe is a deformity of the toes where one or more toe joints become bent, resembling a hammer. To address the bent toe joint, hammertoe surgery can be performed with plantar fasciitis.
Morton’s Neuroma Surgery
This surgery is performed along with plantar fasciitis surgery to remove a thickened nerve that causes pain and numbness in the ball of the foot.
Things to Know When Combining Procedures
If you have multiple foot or ankle issues, getting a consultation with a foot and ankle doctor is important. They can evaluate your condition and determine the best treatment option, including the possibility of combining procedures. It is important to know the risks and benefits of each procedure.
For instance, combined procedures can reduce overall recovery time and cost associated with anesthesia and improve outcomes. However, it can also increase the risk of complications, such as bleeding, infection, and nerve damage. Additionally, having multiple foot procedures can also result in longer surgery times, more pain, and discomfort.
It’s also important to have a plan in place for post-operative pain management.’
Surgery for Plantar Fasciitis in Warwick & Middletown, RI, and Fall River, MA
Combining plantar fasciitis surgery with other foot procedures can be a feasible option for those dealing with multiple foot issues. However, it’s essential to consult with a skilled foot and ankle doctor, weigh the risks and benefits of each procedure, and make an informed decision.
At the Foot & Ankle Institute of New England, we perform minimally invasive procedures and latest surgical treatments to help our patients recover from injuries, deformities, and diseases of feet and ankles.
If you want to know more about us or to schedule a consultation, contact our friendly staff at the Warwick office at (401) 738-7750, the Middletown office at (401) 217-4444, and the Fall River clinic at (508) 679-3700. You can also use our secure online appointment request form.
We look forward to helping you!