Have your feet been aching for ages and no amount of rest and massage seems to be doing the trick? If so, then you may want to consider having a percutaneous plantar fasciotomy (PPF). This is a surgical procedure used to treat long-term heel pain caused by tightness in the plantar fascia, the fibrous band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot.
A PPF involves making two or three tiny cuts in the fascia to relieve tension and improve flexibility. It is generally a relatively simple procedure with a quick recovery time that can be performed in office under local anesthetic. In some cases, physical therapy may also be recommended afterwards to help you regain full range of motion and function.
The procedure is most suitable for people with chronic pain who have not responded to other treatments such as rest, steroid injections, custom orthotics, and physical therapy. It may also be beneficial for those who are unable to take part in activities that require long periods of walking or standing due to their heel pain. However, it's important to note that a PPF is not a "miracle" cure, and you may still experience some level of pain or discomfort after the procedure.
After surgery, we often recommend that patients have laser therapy. Laser therapy uses concentrated light energy to stimulate the body’s own healing process to minimize pain, inflammation and promote healing. Most patients feel a 75% reduction in pain after just six laser treatments performed in two weeks.
Benefits of laser therapy include:
- Benefits of MLS Laser Therapy:
- Reduce pain and inflammation
- Restore mobility
- Non-invasive treatment
- No known side effects
- Drug free
- Rapid results
If you’re one of the many people who suffer from plantar fasciitis, know that there is hope. A percutaneous plantar fasciotomy may be able to help get your life back on track. Call our office at 859-264-1141 or schedule an appointment online to find out if this surgery is right for you.