Surgery should always be considered a last resort and surgery for heel pain is no different. In fact, surgery is needed to treat heel pain less than 5% of the time. Surgery can provide a definitive solution for your heel pain but is not without drawbacks.
When the heel pain is caused by plantar fasciitis, and all conservative measures have failed, surgery can be considered if pain does not resolve. The surgery involves releasing the plantar fascia ligament from its attachment to the heel bone.
When the pain is directly due to a heel spur, and cannot be reduced or controlled with conservative measures, surgery should be considered. The surgery involves the removal of the heel spur, which eliminates the mechanical pressure beneath the heel. Because the plantar fascia ligament attaches to the heel spur and tension from the ligament causes it to form, it is released as well.
If you are frustrated by chronic heel pain and would like to discuss your treatment options, contact Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider for an immediate appointment. You don't have to be in pain! Relief is closer than you think!