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Heel Surgery

Underlying Problem Requiring Heel Surgery: Heel surgery is often sought by patients who are suffering from what are known as heel spurs. There are many treatment options to consider before turning to surgery, but for those patients who have not found relief through these methods, heel surgery is a useful alternative. The procedure can be used to alleviate pain and to improve mobility in those who have had serious problems with heel spurs.


In order to detect the cause of heel pain, a doctor may use X-rays or other imaging. Issues such as heel spurs will be visible in this manner. One heel surgery option for treating bones spurs is the endoscopic plantar fasciotomy. The doctor will make two slits around the heel. After inserting a camera to view the surgical field, the doctor will then cut the plantar fascia ligament away from the heel bone. The desired result is less stress and pain. After the heel surgery, new fascia tissue can develop in the space. Some approaches require the doctor to detach only part of the ligament.

It used to be quite common to remove the heel spur by cutting away the calcium fragment, but there are varying levels of success with this approach. In some cases, it seems to do an excellent job of permanently relieving the pain. In others, however, the pain has continued and the recovery period has been much longer than with the other approach.

Recovery from Heel Surgery:

In order to heal properly form any surgery, it is important for the patient to pay attention to and follow any instructions given by the healthcare team. In the case of heel surgery, this may extend to finding ways to avoid putting weight on the foot. A special surgical shoe may be prescribed, and the patient will likely be directed to keep the foot elevated. There will be some pain, and the doctor will likely have prescribed medication for its management. Heat and/or cold may be beneficial, as well, so the use of an icepack or heating pad may be indicated by the doctor. Other considerations are when to change the bandage and how long to wait before bathing. It may take a few weeks before the patient can bear full weight on the foot again.

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