For those suffering from chronic pain conditions, doctors and specialists are dedicated to finding new ways of treatment for relief. From non-invasive to invasive, patients who are well-informed and take action can receive the best care and overcome their ailments.
As with many conditions, it is best to trust the opinions and guidance of healthcare providers. Those trained and educated in the field understand the risks and benefits to procedures, your individual circumstances, and remedies that will correct the conditions.
Nearly 10% of the population in the U.S. suffers from Plantar Fasciitis. Severe pain in the heel can affect daily activities and the quality of your life. Unable to do many favorite activities, including exercise can make you want to look at all options for relief.
Characterized by severe pain in the heel, those who suffer need care and guidance to correct the problem. The Plantar Fascia is the thick band of tendons that runs from the heel of the foot to the toes. When this becomes stressed it will result in inflammation.
Over time, the Plantar Fascia develops small tears resulting in severe pain and Plantar Fasciitis. The pain is described as a “stabbing pain” and often occurs after exercise and when standing up.
People who are affected more commonly are:
Pain from Plantar Fasciitis is more common in the morning when the sufferer wakes up, or when they are standing walking for a long time. It can also occur when additional stress is put on the foot such as jogging or dancing.
There are many options available to those who are experience pain in the heel. From prescription medication to exercises, those who do not find relief may look to surgical options for relief.
The surgery, called Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy, is an invasive procedure that warrants the use of anesthesia or sedation. This surgery is an out-patient procedure and usually takes 15-20 minutes.
The surgery only requires a small incision that allows a camera and a hook to be inserted into the heel. A small piece of the Plantar Fascia is removed, and the small wound is stitched.
Recovery time is lengthy. There is a two-week period when no weight can be put on the heel. Using a walker, crutches, or wheelchair will be a part of the recovery. After the first two weeks, you can slowly begin to put weight on the heel again.
Suffolk Foot & Ankle can help you if you’re suffering plantar fasciitis. We have offices conveniently located in East Patchogue, Riverhead, Medford, and Commack. Call us now at 631-604-4948 for an appointment.