Heel Spur Surgery Failures: Reasons and Legal Considerations

No surgery is pleasant and heel spur surgery has a reputation for being particularly challenging, even if everything goes smoothly. If the podiatrist makes an error serious enough to be considered surgical malpractice during a heel spur operation, the results can be devastating. If you live in New York and believe you are a victim of podiatric malpractice, it is time to contact The Law Firm of Lawrence M. Karam, P.C. 

Lead attorney Larry Karam has spent his life helping patients who have suffered harm at the hands of negligent podiatrists. He has the in-depth legal knowledge and skills that stem from decades of experience specializing in podiatric malpractice. You may feel overwhelmed, physically, emotionally, and financially, by the personal injury caused by a doctor you trusted, but you can rely on Larry Karam to fight vigorously to bring you the damages you deserve.

What Is a Heel Spur and Why Might It Require Surgery?

A heel spur is a bony growth that pokes out below your back heel bone. It may be painful due to perpetual stress on plantar fascia.  You may also hear this as “plantar fasciitis.” In some cases, conservative treatments like physical therapy, orthotics, and medication may provide adequate relief. When they do not, podiatrists typically recommend surgical intervention.  

How Heel Spur Surgery Can Go Wrong

Despite its potential benefits, heel spur surgery, or “plantar fascia release,” is not without risks. Below are five ways in which a podiatrist might demonstrate negligence during this procedure:

1. Failure to Obtain Informed Consent

Informed consent is a critical legal and ethical requirement for any surgery. It involves educating the patient about the potential risks, benefits, and alternatives to the surgery. Failure to obtain informed consent can be a significant type of negligence.

2. Incorrect Surgical Procedure

Choosing an inappropriate surgical technique or executing it poorly can result in additional complications, for example, nerve damage or prolonged recovery.  If your podiatrist has caused you harm by failing to follow the protocol or methodology followed by other, “reasonable” podiatrists, you can legally claim malpractice.

3. Mistakes With Anesthesia 

Negligence can occur preoperatively with improper administration of anesthesia that may, if underused, permit the patient to feel excruciating pain or, if overused, cause brain damage or death.

4. Equipment Misuse or Failure

The use of defective, outdated, or inappropriate surgical equipment can lead to surgical failures and may constitute negligence, as may leaving surgical tools or other materials inside the patient.

Proving Podiatry Malpractice During Negotiations or In Court

Larry Karam will do what it takes to prove that your podiatrist breached her duty of care to you, causing you personal injury and costing you real damage (e.g. loss of income). He will gather evidence, interview witnesses, confer with experts who will testify on your behalf and develop a winning strategy to bring, depending on your unique circumstances, damages for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent disfigurement 
  • Permanent disability
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Has Your Heel Spur Surgery Made Things Worse? Contact Larry Karam Today!

If your podiatrist has exacerbated your pain and/or immobility, you are legally entitled to damages. Get in touch with our experienced podiatry malpractice attorney. He will fight hard to bring you justice and will charge you no attorney’s fees until he wins your case.

About the Author
Of all the different areas in medical malpractice, it is podiatry malpractice that has had a particular interest to me. With 42 years practicing law and representing hundreds of victims of malpractice, I have created a law practice in which my clients are comfortable knowing that their case is being handled with my personal attention, in the most professional manner, and without unreasonable delays.