How long does it take to recover from heel surgery?
Heel surgery recovery can vary depending on what part of the heel needs to be operated on, as well as the individual surgery performed.
When the plantar fascia is operated on, the average recovery period is typically about six weeks before one can walk comfortably in shoes. This can vary from person to person, as some people recover faster and others slower. The fascia needs time to heal from the procedure itself, as does the incision on the side of the heel.
Surgery to the back of the heel usually requires considerable more healing time as it often requires removal of the Achilles tendon off the back of the heel bone to access the spurring underneath. The tendon is then reattached, and healing takes place over the course of a month. It takes one to two more months before the tendon attachment is strong enough to withstand daily activity. If the Achilles tendon does not need to be removed, and only the tendon itself needs to be treated, the recovery is typically four to six weeks.