Heel Spur Surgery
A snapshot of the different heel spurs surgery methods
Heel spur surgery is often considered the last resort when all the conventional treatment methods have failed to succeed. Heel spur causes extreme heel pain that is pretty difficult to bear with for long. Moreover, daily movement is also disrupted due to constant discomfort and irritation in the heels. Fortunately, a number of surgery methods for treating heel spurs have come into being but one must know about its pros and cons. Let’s have a brief look at some of the heel spur surgery methods:-
- Endoscopic plantar fasciotomy (EPF) is one of the heel spur surgery methods that reduce pain to a large extent. In this surgery, two incisions are made around the heel and the specialist detaches the ligament of plantar fascia from the heel bone allowing the new ligament to develop in the same place.
- Another heel spur surgery which is performed slightly in a different manner involves the partial removal of the fascia. According to many medical experts, this method is not that effective as endoscopic plantar fasciotomy. But there are many who consider it as beneficial. However, it is better to consult a reputable orthopedic surgeon before making any move.
- Additionally, alongside these heel spur surgeries, medical experts also recommend removing the heel spur itself to alleviate pain and discomfort around the heel. It brings great relief after the surgery because the soft tissues and the ligaments around the heel no longer get affected by the abnormal growth of the bony structure.
Possible side effects of heel spur surgery
Just like any other surgeries, heel spur surgery entails many risks and side effects that the patients should be aware of:
- The arch of your foot may fall off after surgeries like EPF. Therefore, the patient must use an arch support to prevent future complication.
- Heel spur surgeries may also injure veins and arteries of your foot that allow blood supply in the area. This will automatically increase the time of recovery and may even cause of deadening of ligaments and tissues.
- The patient must limit body weight to let the tissue heal.
- Essential tissues or nerves can get affected during the operation leading to numbness in different parts of your heel.