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Plantar Fasciitis Surgery

Conveniently located to serve Portland, Lake Oswego, & West Linn

Boutique Podiatry Oregon Institute of Foot Care Lake Oswego
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If you have tried at-home plantar fasciitis remedies without success, it’s best to visit Oregon Institute of Foot Care for plantar fasciitis surgery in Portland. Addressing intense heel pain in this way can greatly improve a patient’s quality of life.

What is Plantar Fasciitis Surgery?

Dr. Manson performs Minimal Incision Surgery (MIS) in the office to help you get rid of your plantar fasciitis that just won’t go away with conservative treatment.
At Oregon Institute of Foot Care, Dr. Manson can usually resolve most cases of plantar fasciitis with conservative treatments such as icing, stretching, custom orthotics, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and steroid injections. When those approaches do not provide relief for plantar fasciitis, Dr. Manson may recommend a more aggressive option. This includes a safe, minimally invasive, and effective procedure called a percutaneous plantar fasciotomy.

Am I an Ideal Candidate for Plantar Fasciitis Surgery?

Surgical intervention is considered to be the final option for treating plantar fasciitis. If home treatments have not been effective in managing the symptoms of plantar fasciitis, you may be a good candidate for surgery if your heel pain persists for six to twelve months.

You may also be recommended for surgery if the condition gets in the way of your daily life and mobility. Since this is a surgical procedure, it is important that you are in good overall health.

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Your Plantar Fasciitis Surgery Consultation

During your consultation for podiatric care and plantar fasciitis treatment, a physical examination of your foot will be performed. You will be asked about the severity and frequency of your symptoms.
A review of your medical history will be conducted, including any allergies and pre-existing conditions. Additional tests may be requested to confirm your compatibility with the surgery. Finally, a surgical plan will be developed to address your condition, and a date will be set for the procedure.
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What is the Cost of Plantar Fasciitis Surgery?

Plantar fasciitis surgery is usually fully or partially covered by insurance. Coverage by insurance is always checked prior to performing the surgery so you are aware of any costs to you.

What is Involved in Plantar Fasciitis Surgery?

Percutaneous plantar fasciotomy involves releasing a small portion of the plantar fascia just past its origin as it comes off the heel bone. This is usually the area where the tissue has abnormally thickened, tightened, calcified, and scarred; the pathology which in whole or in part causes the patient’s ongoing pain.

Dr. Manson performs the procedure under local anesthesia in our comfortable office, Oregon Institute of Foot Care. The incision he makes is less than 2mm in length, about the size of a keyhole. Dr. Manson is careful not to completely disrupt the entire plantar fascia, which is an essential structure for arch stability.

What is the Recovery Process?

As a minimally invasive procedure, percutaneous plantar fasciotomy offers many advantages and comes without the patient challenges associated with traditional surgeries. In addition to reduced discomfort and recovery time, the benefits of this procedure include:

  • Walking on the surgery foot day of surgery with no crutches
  • Local anesthesia instead of general anesthesia
  • Lower infection risk
  • Barely visible scarring
  • Minimal blood loss
  • Shorter surgery time
  • No surgery center or hospital
  • Lower cost compared to surgery center or hospital

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the typical symptoms of plantar fasciitis?
The hallmark symptoms of plantar fasciitis include sharp, stabbing heel pain, particularly in the morning or after periods of rest, which tends to improve as the foot warms up. Pain often worsens with extended activity.
What are the most common causes of plantar fasciitis?
The primary causes of plantar fasciitis include overuse, excessive strain on the plantar fascia due to activities like running, or biomechanical problems that affect the foot’s arch, such as flat feet or high arches.
Can lifestyle factors, such as the type of shoes worn, contribute to plantar fasciitis?
Lifestyle factors like wearing unsupportive shoes like high heels or flip-flops can increase the risk of developing plantar fasciitis. It’s important to choose footwear that provides proper arch support.
Are there any medical conditions that may increase the risk of developing plantar fasciitis?
Medical conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis can elevate the risk of developing plantar fasciitis. Managing these underlying conditions may help reduce the risk of plantar fasciitis or its severity.
Does health insurance cover plantar fasciitis surgery, and what costs should patients anticipate?
Plantar fasciitis surgery is usually partially or fully covered by insurance, but coverage can vary. It’s important to check with your provider and understand potential out-of-pocket costs.
Can plantar fasciitis return after surgery, and what are the options if pain persists or reoccurs?
In some cases, pain can recur after surgery. Following a proper rehabilitation plan, addressing contributing factors, and consulting with your surgeon can help reduce the risk of recurrence.
What pre-operative preparations are required for plantar fasciitis surgery, and what should patients expect on the day of the procedure?
Pre-operative preparations may include discussing allergies, medical history, and potential tests. The surgery is typically performed under local anesthesia in a surgical center or office on the day of the procedure.
Are there any specific lifestyle modifications or exercises that can enhance the success of plantar fasciitis surgery and reduce the risk of recurrence?
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, following post-operative care instructions, and engaging in recommended exercises and physical therapy can enhance the success of surgery and minimize the risk of recurrence. Consult with your healthcare provider for guidance.
Can both feet undergo plantar fasciitis surgery simultaneously, or is it typically done one foot at a time?
It is common to address one foot at a time to maintain mobility and balance during recovery. Your surgeon will determine the best approach based on your specific case.
Are there age restrictions for plantar fasciitis surgery, and can elderly individuals benefit from this procedure?
Plantar fasciitis surgery can be performed on patients of various ages. However, the suitability of surgery for elderly patients will be determined by their overall health and the severity of their condition.

Schedule Your Consultation

To finally get rid of your persistent heel pain, consider plantar fasciitis surgery in Portland. Contact Oregon Institute of Foot Care today to schedule your informative consultation.

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At Oregon Institute of Foot Care, we care about healthy, happy, beautiful feet. We strive to provide personalized foot care and achieve the outcomes, both functionally and cosmetically, that our patients desire. What sets OIFC apart is our dedication to providing the highest quality care available, utilizing the latest medical techniques and technologies, educating patients to make well-informed health care decisions, and restoring foot and ankle function as quickly and beautifully as possible. Our mission is to give you healthy, happy, beautiful feet.


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