We hear this complaint a lot from patients who come to us after a procedure with another doctors. “My foot surgery was supposed to fix my heel pain—so why don’t I feel better?” Many people even feel worse than they did before!
First, a caveat: a little bit of lingering pain and swelling for a few months after surgery is very normal. Your body needs time to heal and recover, especially if you’ve been living with pain for many years.
However, if you continue to have severe pain, especially pain that stabs, zings, tingles, or burns, there’s a good chance the real problem is a trapped or damaged nerve, and you may have been misdiagnosed by the original physician. If you’ve been told you had plantar fasciitis, and had surgery to release the plantar fascia after months of failed conservative treatments—and you still aren’t feeling better—we urge you to visit us right away for a consultation.
Entrapped nerves are often confused for more common muscle and tendon problems such as plantar fasciitis due to the fact that symptoms can be very similar. Unfortunately, not as many podiatrists are well trained in nerve conditions and nerve surgery, and may not even have the necessary diagnostic equipment to positively identify the real problem. Fortunately, if a painful case of nerve compression is what’s really behind your constant distress, Dr. Craig Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS has the training and tools necessary to repair the damage.
Of course, there’s always the possibility that the original diagnosis was correct, and the surgery was simply botched. This is very rare, but unfortunately can still happen from time to time. We fix those, too.
If you’re still having foot pain after surgery, don’t lose hope. Let us help. To schedule an appointment with Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists, please give us a call today at (512) 328-8900, or fill out an online contact form and we’ll get back to you shortly. We’re also happy to provide you with a free copy of our book, A Guide to Understanding Foot and Ankle Nerve Pain—just fill in your information and we’ll send it to you right away!