So I figured I'd take a shot in the dark on this.. I noticed in the RG3 thread there seemed to be some knowledgeable people around orthopedics and physical therapists and the like so figured I would ask here..
For the last 4 years I've had terrible heel/foot pain in only my left foot, it was diagnosed as plantar fasciitis and I was told to do exercises, roll foot on frozen water bottles, get custom made orthotics and have cortisone injections.. I attempted that for two years and the only relief I ever had was for about a 2-3 week period after cortisone shots and then it went back to the same thing. My symptoms were very painful joint/foot/heel after periods of non-weight bearing, after about 20 minutes of standing I had very pronounced pain in my foot from my ankle to my toes, after high levels of activity the most intense pain was actually lifting up my foot and taking weight off it which trigger very intense pain.
So after getting no relief for three years I decided to switch doctors to someone who was very highly regarded for foot/heel pain and surgery and was asked to have a non-contrast MRI which showed moderate plantar fasciitis, heel spur and a rupture on the plantar fasciitis at the heel. The doctor reviewed everything I had done and recommended partial plantar fasciitis release. I was very nervous about doing this for multiple reasons.. 1) There are tremendous amounts of horror stories about this surgery and the fact that it can make things worse 2) This doctor wanted to do it open and wanted non-weight bearing for a full month followed by 50% for 2 weeks which is a lot of downtime.. After mulling it over I decided to proceed forward and had surgery in Sept.
After surgery the doctor said that he thought it went really well, that I should have relief, a full recovery and that he had fixed an entrapped a nerve. In terms of recovery, I never had any pain at all. I never took a single pain pill or anything.. was in a soft cast for a week while incision healed then a hard cast for 3 weeks then a walking boot @ 50% weight for 2 weeks.
Needless to say, nothing has improved.. if anything my foot hurts more quickly when load bearing and I have more pain associated with the top of my foot on the bones leading to my 3rd - 5th toes than I had pre-surgery. I also have pain when flexing my foot as if I'm pointing with my toes. The doctor prescribed me 6 weeks of physical therapy 2-3 times a week at my last post op appointment but I haven’t been able to go due to my work travel schedule..
That said, I've got a few questions..
1) What are the chances that physical therapy will help anything?
2) Anyone have any ideas on resolution or been through anything similar themselves?
So damn tired of pain every step I take and now my right knee is starting to kill me because I think I'm off balance with my weight distribution.