So I’ve been suffering with plantar fasciitis most of my life and rather consistently since 2004. I wear custom orthotics and have had a handful of cortisone shots through the years. There’s been a handful of months where I’ve been pain free too. The following is a rundown of the past year for me. January 2017: Felt an excruciating burning pain while playing basketball with the middle school team I coached. This hurt very bad and caused me to walk with a limp for a handful of weeks. March 2017: Visited foot doc who’s also a tennis friend. I received a shot and went in for more treatments of taping, etc. over the next handful of weeks. May 2017: Doc told me I could resume activities so I did. I was playing basketball and felt “the pain” come back while sprinting. It was only 10% of the January pain so I decided to just rest and ice myself. Summer 2017: I was busy with kids’ activities, tennis, and coaching soccer. My foot hurt but the pain was mostly under control. I refrained from sprinting activities and tennis was mostly on har-tru which helped. I played some very good doubles tennis and didn’t play singles or played rarely. My feet hurt but I made it through tennis. I also made it through soccer and was able to condition with the team on endurance runs. I was definitely running on my right foot awkwardly and that was causing swelling where my foot was not designed to strike using a normal motion. Fall 2017: The pain was getting more consistent. I couldn’t/can’t get out of bed and walk a handful of steps to the bathroom in the morning. Once I get my shoes on I can at least walk as long as my orthotics are there. December 2017: I had plantar fascia release surgery. It was only a handful of days ago on 12/29/2017. My doctor thought it was a good choice. I’ve suffered long enough. I waffled a little with the idea but it was my idea to begin with. My insurance deductible had been met. I’m tired of the pain. Here’s the oddity to me. I consider myself a sissy when it comes to foot pain. In conversations about PF, I heard many people tell me they had it for a short time and it was excruciating. I never considered it excruciating except for the January 2017 event. Even the last couple of months where I crawled to put my shoes on in the morning hasn’t been that bad. I was thinking I was blowing this out of proportion and maybe shouldn’t have the surgery but I did it anyways. The procedure: I received a nerve block from the knee down and then I was put under via iv sedation. The nerve block was supposed to wear off within 12-24 hours but seemed to last closer to 30 hours. At that time, I was to take the prescription of oxycodone with acetaminophen as needed to deal with the pain. PAIN??? WHAT PAIN???? Like I said, I don’t consider myself a tough guy but I’ve had blisters that hurt worse than this! I’ve not taken one of the pain pills or anything else. This is a walk in the park! I’m on crutches by doctor’s orders or I’d probably just walk on the stitches. Am I wrong about my pain tolerance? Regardless, I’m looking forward to getting back to activities and enjoying them pain free! I’d post a pic of the procedure but I don’t want to gross anyone out.