There's so much discussion about plantar fasciitis that I thought I would add my opinion.
I dealt with the pain in both feet for two year - shoes - inserts etc. As a martial artist I tried to stretch over and over again. I was in pain all day long, but mornings was the worst. I took a trip to Washington DC in October 2017 and that was the clincher.
Finally in October 2017, I sought treatment. I had the shots and physical therapy. By January 2018 i was mostly pain free. Despite the constant stretching and karate, in March 2018, the pain was back with a vengeance in my right foot.
Back to the doctor for another shot, but the Dr. ordered an MRI instead. The weekend before the appt to review the test, i started having pain in my Achilles tendon. The MRI showed multiple tears in the plantar fasciitis and surgery was scheduled. Because of the new pain in the Achilles tendon, we decided to do the gastroncnemius procedure as well.
Like most people i read everything on the procedure and was beginning to have doubts. The problem with the net is everyone is always willing to post negative comments and the success stories not so much.
I had the procedure on April 15, 2018. I was in the surgery center for only a few hours. I think the procedures took less than 20-25 minutes. I was sent home in a walking boot with crutches.
Day 1 - I have a very high tolerance for pain - probably because of the karate. I took one Oxycontin as the gastrocnemius was causing the most pain. the plantar faciitisomy was barely noticeable. Lots of ice and Motrin
Day 2 - I took another Oxycontin and lot's of Motrin and icing.
Day 3 - 10 I stopped the Oxycontin and kept up with the Icing and Motrin. By day 10 I no longer needed both crutches. One was fine. I progressively, as recommended by the Dr, increased the weight on my foot.
Day 14 - Ditched the boot for a sketcher shoe and the one crutch. took steps one at a time and started PT.
Day 21 - stitches removed and used a cane. I could walk short distances without a cane.
Between day 21 and June 30, i was diligent about my PT. I was walking 3/4 to a mile everyday by the middle of June walked two miles.
I never really had any pain in the heel again. It's all in the calf below the incision. It's June 30, and i can still feel it when i stretch and do my PT at home. I've sprinted 40 yards with no pain, but the therapist said to hold off until i don't feel the tightness in my calf.
I've been walking around in bare feet for the past month. Do I feel tightness in the am? yes, sometimes, but it works itself out after a minute.
Yesterday was my last day of physical therapy. They were really impressed in how fast i progressed, but that's what happens when you do your PT every day, sometimes three times a day. It will be another 3-4 months before that tightness goes away, but I plan on starting back my Karate in two weeks.
You read a lot about inserts and this type of shoe and that type of shoe. I've come to realize that all that does is treat the symptoms, and not the problem.
I am so glad I had the procedures. I thought i could never walk around in bare feet again. For me the shot was all i needed in the left foot and the surgery in the other.
My experience was positive and if the other foot ever causes me problems, i would not hesitate having the surgery. But, i cannot understate the importance of PT.