No actual experience with the surgery, but have with PF. From some stories with others, often the scar tissue build up from the surgery can make it even worse. I had good luck with acupuncture, but it took me quite a while to find the actual source to target with the needles. If the source isn;t found, then it will most likely come back.
+1 for acupuncture. I never trusted it, but after 2 years, my wife said, "you get 10 visits on insurance, so what do you have to lose?" She made me promise to do all 10. I found a guy from India that had an MD from a Western medical school, so not just a feel-good strip mall kind of place. The first 3 visits were what I expected: nothing. Nada. Zip. I thought it was a complete waste of time, but I had promised, right? Fourth visit and something happened. The tension is my calves that was causing the pain in my heel just released. Like BAM! My calves released like magic. I didn't even realized how tight they had been. I almost cried. It was intense.
It last only about an hour. Session #5 they released for half a day. #6 was almost 3 days. After the full 10 appointments I was able to run without pain as much as I wanted.
Was I more into regular stretching? Did I get more consistent in training? Yes. But I didn't care how it happened. I haven't had PF since, so I don't care how it happened. Will I do it again? Yes.
I read this and tried something similar for my own PF that's been really bad lately. I googled where the pressure point is for the calf and found some trigger point videos that show where to massage a particular point on the upper calf to release the muscle, which in turn should then quit pulling on the PF tendon so much. Did it and BOOM, all kinds of crazy sensations and weird stuff happened in the foot. More blood flow, tingling, sudden relaxation in the tightness... And then the area I massaged on the calf was super sore the rest of the day like I had really broken something apart that needed it. Woke up this morning and the pain in the foot I get when first walking was far better than usual. Just thought I'd share...
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