Simple Guidance If You’re Thinking About Surgery or Injections for Plantar Fasciitis
Posted on Jul 11, 2019

Plantar fasciitis hurts - but there’s still such a thing as overkill when it comes to making the pain go away.

In our medical experience, our founder is an Orthopedic Surgeon, and probably in the opinion of many orthopedists and podiatrists, people do too much too quickly when it comes to plantar fasciitis.

The truth is that surgeries and injections can have many nasty consequences which will make you regret rushing into the operating room or quickly undergoing a shot.

Here are a few reasons why our patented sole, THE HEALING SOLE may be better than surgery and injections.


It may be true that surgery is a reliable treatment for plantar fasciitis: roughly 80% of patients experience some form of recovery from foot pain.

However, many of these studies were with very few patients and most were single-surgeon experiences (case series).

Unfortunately, surgery also has its drawbacks:

  • It’s very expensive - sometimes costing up to $10,000.
  • There is also a recovery period associated with the operation, and just like any other surgery, it’s an uncomfortable recovery.
  • There are serious long-term consequences of destabilizing the arch of the foot with this surgery.
  • Finally, what if you’re one of the unlucky 20% that surgery doesn’t work for? You could be out of a lot of money for nothing.

But perhaps the biggest drawback to plantar fasciitis surgery is in the medical risks, which include:

  • Delayed wound healing
  • Infection
  • Risks of negative response to anesthesia
  • Nerve problems
  • Recurring heel pain
  • Eventual flattening of the arch


Yes, you read that right. Foot surgery can cause a number of lasting issues in your foot structure.

To alleviate your pain from plantar fasciitis, your surgeon may encourage you to consider Plantar Fascia Release Surgery. This involves the foot and ankle surgeon entering the foot via incision and cutting part of the plantar fascia to alleviate pain, tension, and inflammation.

Like other surgeries, this procedure comes with some major risks including the possibility of:

  • changes in your foot shape
  • a collapsed arch
  • nerve damage
  • or new pain that was not present before your procedure

If you are among the number of patients that experience fallen arches post-procedure, this will require the need for arch support for the foreseeable future.

Your arch is the major structure of your foot that offers balance, effects posture, and provides the necessary push-off force for your gait pattern.

Without this structure in your arch, this can lead to alignment issues, pain, and more.

Plantar Fascia Release Surgery, risks and all, can cost up to $10,000 depending on your insurance coverage.

So, is surgery worth the risk?

At the end of the day, it is your choice as to whether the possibility of relief outweighs the risk and the expenses that come with surgical intervention.

The Healing Sole, on the other hand, is relatively inexpensive, has demonstrated no risk of causing medical problems, and is also proven to work reliably.

Sounds like it’s at least worth a try, right?


Another common yet heavy-handed treatment of plantar fasciitis is the application of corticosteroid injections, also known as cortisone injections or steroid injections.

The treatment works well for chronic pain, and the relief is pretty quick. The cost isn’t ridiculous either, at about $50-300 per shot.

However, fast relapse from these injections are common - meaning that you may drop that amount more often than you expect if injections are your main method of relief.

As with most medical procedures, there are a few side effects from steroid injections that should make you think twice:

"Cortisone flare” is a side effect of cortisone shots that is as painful as it sounds.


In about 30% of patients, the injection site can become very painful following a procedure (also called post-injection pain). This typically lasts up to 72 hours.

Patients may also experience:

  • Loss of the fat pad of the heel
  • patients may also experience a plantar rupture
  • Infection
  • Further damage to the heel pad site. Ouch.

There is also a risk of skin depigmentation and osteoporosis.

In summary: injections may be a good TEMPORARY pain treatment, but why take unnecessary risks?

Our patented soles are essentially risk-free and a budget-friendly option that is always worth consideration.

One main takeaway for injections is this:

The relief from steroid injections is just a ‘band-aid,’ and there is no actual healing imparted.

In fact, these steroids may impede total healing.

For something that is meant to help erase your pain, this comes with many unsavory risks that can ultimately have lasting effects on your quality of life, doesn't it?



Out With The Old

Surgery, injections, NSAIDs pain medications, and more -

It's time to leave these risky, expensive, ineffective, time-consuming, and painful methods of recovery in the past.

Steroid Injections are typically a band-aid solution - often times leading to negative long-term issues like plantar fascial ruptures, plantar fat pad atrophy and/or nerve damage.  

In With The New

Refresh and reset your treatment habits with solutions that keep up with you, no matter how busy your lifestyle is.

The Healing Sole and Well Theory are designed to deliver successful relief from pain, no invasive or expensive treatment methods required.


It’s actually not a coincidence that our footwear is a suitable option for more well-known and possibly stronger solutions: The Healing Sole was engineered to keep people from taking expensive risks.

Plantar fasciitis surgery involves operating on the affected foot ligament to relieve tension. The Healing Sole can help to relieve tension without surgery.

It does this through the rocker-bottom sole and complex heel and materials structure, which acts as a support for painful ligaments and joints.

In the case of cortisone injections, the main idea is to relieve pain quickly - but do you need shots to relieve pain, or is the problem in your footfall?

The Healing Sole can potentially relieve your pain for much less than the cost of injections AND help you naturally heal your plantar fasciitis.


This engineering was put in place purposefully by Dr. Meredith Warner, a practicing orthopedic surgeon in Baton Rouge and veteran of the United States Air Force.

Dr. Warner see patients regularly who are crippled by plantar fasciitis pain and looking for fast relief, as anyone who has experienced this pain would.

Rather than rush her patients under the knife, Dr. Warner designed The Healing Sole as a method to actively relieve pain and encourage the body's natural healing processes - no surgery or injections necessary.


Dr. Meredith Warner designed The Healing Sole footwear with essential features for relieving foot pain with every step, whether you are at home or on the go.

1. A Rocker Bottom Sole

The gentle curve of the flip flop's sole helps to reposition your body weight on the foot as you walk and stand, alleviating tension and offloading pressure with every step.

2. Raised Arch Support

Raised arch support helps to maintain the health of your foot's arch, allowing it to offload stress while improving balance.

3. Compressible Inner Heel

The cutouts in the inner portion of the heel provide the necessary amount of compression and cushion to the highest area of pressure in the heel.

In addition to these features, Dr. Warner also incorporated a metatarsal bar to help further alleviate strain on the toe joints and supportive structural materials in the sole, such as a closed-cell foam.

The Healing Sole is notably firmer than other brands like Vionics or Oofos. This is purposeful.

This material is firmer and provides ample protection and support to the sole, as compared to the traditional squishiness of unsupportive flip flops.


Your feet are important, and how you treat them is a big choice.

The Healing Sole offers daily care and pain relief that moves with you and keeps up with your lifestyle - not the other way around.

We’ve helped thousands of plantar fasciitis sufferers to retake control of their lives from debilitating foot pain. Here’s what a few of them had to say:

We offer a 30-day satisfaction guarantee to ensure that our footwear provides you with lasting relief. If it doesn't take your pain away, just send them back to us within 30-days of receiving them for a refund.

Find the full details of our returns policy here.

We stand by our guarantee. Give The Healing Sole a try!

If you haven’t experienced recovery after a month, just send them back to us. We’ll accept them in any condition, no questions asked.

Please remember to break them in gradually over the first week to get used to the feel of this flip-flop.

It is unlike any other! 

You regularly hear that things worthwhile take time - the same should be said about relief.

Give our 7-14 day break-in period the time it deserves, and you are sure to reap the benefits for lasting pain relief.

If you have any questions about our product, our break-in period, our policies, or anything else that comes to mind, please don't hesitate to reach out to us by emailing us at

Our customer support team is always ready to provide you with answers.

Say yes to relief today, and take the first step towards recovery with The Healing Sole!