Plantar Fasciitis is a common condition that takes time to heal. There are many options to relieve foot that ranges from simple activities like stretches and exercises to steroid injections. But when the pain becomes unbearable, some might consider Plantar fasciotomy or plantar fascia release. Plantar fasciotomy involves taking the plantar fascia (the ligament that connects your toe and your heel) of your heel bone.  Read more about treatment options for plantar fasciitis here.

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and American Academy of Pediatrics, only about 5% of people with plantar fasciitis will need surgery. Experts suggest that you should try other treatment options for at least 6 months before considering surgery. Furthermore, surgery for plantar fasciitis has risks.

Risks of plantar fascia release include:

  • Risks of anesthesia
  • Infection
  • Nerve damage
  • Permanent changes in foot shape
  • Flat feet, you will need to wear arch supports
  • Recurring heel pain – 25% of people who got the surgery done still experience pain after the procedure.

Besides the risks, the operation can cost $10,000 or more. This cost will vary depending on the surgeon’s fees, anesthesia, facility cost, and follow up care.

Before pursuing surgery, you should first see a specialist who can talk to you about the risks and benefits of your options and help you decide which one is best for you. You should also consider alternative noninvasive procedures such as Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy.

If you have Plantar Fasciitis or its symptoms, you can contact us to schedule a free consultation with one of our doctors.