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I am writing this post in case it helps anyone else. I am a long-time lurker, first time poster!
My husband has suffered from Plantar Fasciitis in his right foot for around 4 years now, his journey to surgery has been a long and convoluted one but so far *fingers crossed* it has finally relieved his pain!
In a nutshell, his journey to surgery….!
Heel Pain begins – 1st trip to GP!
Signed off work for 1 week [He’s a bartender]
Heel Pain continues – Back to the GP
Prescribed Naproxen – no improvement
GP referred to podiatrist
Podiatrist gave insoles and stretches
Back to GP – 1st cortisone injection
Relief for around 6 months! Hurrah!
Heel pain returned L
GP referred to physiotherapist
Physiotherapist gave exercises and stretches
Back to GP – referred to Musculoskeletal Assessment and Treatment Service (MATs) and prescribed tramadol for the pain
MATs referred for an MRI
Results from MRI went back to MATs
MATs referred to Orthopedic surgeon [YAY!]
Met with Orthopedic surgeon at Circle Bath and discussed proximal medial gastrocnemius release surgery (PMGR)
Waited 3 months for the surgery
He finally had the surgery…. Well, I say surgery, it was more a short procedure that took 20 mins under local anaesthetic! He is now four weeks post surgery, the recovery took about 10 days and he is now about 90% free of pain.
We are hopeful that as his plantar fascia heals, this will increase but after such a long journey where nothing was helping, 90% free of pain is like heaven!
I implore all of you who are sceptical about surgery to research PMGR surgery, and if you are in the UK, look up Mr Tristian Burton, who did the procedure on my husband.
I’ll keep you updated with how his recovery progresses!
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