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I wanted to share my story....it's not over yet, but I pray it will be soon with a happy ending. For 15 months I suffered with what was diagnosed by four doctors (2 podiatrists, 2 orthopedic surgeons) as plantar fasciitis. Four cortisone shots over the 15 months (which would give me relief for a month), PT, x-rays, custom orthotics, MRI, shock wave therapy, and an arsenal of products from Amazon including: night splint, exercise roller, lotions, creams, support wear, and pills. Finally, I had no option but to consider PF release surgery (which some were suggesting). I went back to one of the orthos (he did knee surgery on me years ago)....didn't get a warm and fuzzy feeling, as he only did PF release "a handful of times" a year. Went to a podiatrist who finally figured it out--with my 15 month history and the MRI (two other doctors also read the report, but didn't connect the dots). He said I had a tumor (fibroid) on my plantar (MRI showed thickness on the plantar). As I'm sure most of you have read on the internet, 90% of PF can be resolved without, 10% require surgery. Well, of the 10% of patients that require surgery, 25% have a tumor on their plantar. The odds are small (lucky me...too bad I can't win the lottery with those small odds because it would have helped with all the medical bills!) So, a little over 2 weeks ago I had the tumor removed and a chunk of the plantar was taken out where the tumor was--which was benign). I was in a cast for 2 weeks, 2 days, just got the cast removed a couple of days ago and can wear sneakers. I could put weight on, but I use crutches (not very gracefully, I might add) because there is/continues to be surgical pain. I went back to work (1/2 day) the day after the cast was removed, but I have a desk job. I do plan on working part-time this week, then hopefully full-time. The doctors said 6 weeks until I'm back to "normal" (geez...can't really remember was normal was). I do have an issue with some pain on the side of my foot, that could be from overcompensating when I was walking with the cast on, leaning the opposite direction of the incision--if that makes sense. So, I just want suffers to know this uncommon condition is out there and you might want to bring it up, in case your doctor runs out of ideas. Luckily, the podiatrist I went to was very familiar, seeing hundreds of these in his 30+ year career. I'm 61 years old, so probably won't heal as fast as younger patients. I do hope I can report in a month or so that I'm at 100%.
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