entrapped nerve?

I was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis nearly 2 years ago and have had many treatments including physiotherapy with ultrasound and myofascial release, stretching, various anti-inflammitories, night splint, custom orthotics, and extracorporeal shockwave treatment. I am a 60 year old teacher who has always played sports. I have been on disability much of the last 2 years because I cannot stand and walk long enough to teach.
I have been to 2 sports medicine clinics and 2 podiatrists. The last podiatrist thinks that I have an entrapped inferior calcaneal nerve. Cortisone did not help it and he wants to operate to free it. He gave me a diagnostic nerve block into the deep area of the tarsal tunnel. With it, I could walk without pain but the whole heel felt frozen. Would this block test specifically for the entrapped nerve?
I am quite willing to have the surgery if it would help substantially or solve my problem. I just can't understand how freezing the whole heel can diagnose a trapped inferior calcaneal nerve.

Posted By Margaret Groome on April 11, 2004 at 00:22:31:

Specially developed for the treatment of plantar tendopathy. An area of softer silicone is incoporated on the medial side of the cushion, the area most sensitive to plantar faciitis pain.

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