Do I Need Plantar Fasciitis Surgery?

In most cases, you can effectively reduce heel pain without surgery. Studies show about 95% of people who live with plantar fasciitis can be pain-free without surgical intervention. Plantar fasciitis surgery should only be considered once non-surgical options are fully explored. Your doctor shouldn’t consider surgery unless you’ve tried nonsurgical treatments for at least six months.

Plantar fasciitis surgery is intended for patients who have not received symptom relief (read more about symptoms here) from more conservative treatments, such as orthotics, Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, physical therapy, massage, or stretching.

Below are some of the plantar fasciitis surgery options that we offer at the Heel Pain Center of Tampa Bay:

Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy (EPF)

Endoscopic plantar fasciotomy is a procedure in which a small portion of the plantar fascia is released at its insertion into the heel bone. The procedure is performed using an endoscopic camera to visualize the plantar fascia. Utilizing this technique, your podiatric surgeon can effectively release the necessary portion of the plantar fascia without the need for a large incision. This procedure typically results in quick recovery.

Open Plantar Fascia Release

This outpatient procedure is a surgical cutting of part of the plantar fascia, a thick band of connective tissue that supports the foot's arch. By partially cutting this tissue, it releases tension and allows the tendon to lengthen.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss all surgical options for your foot pain.