You should talk to your foot doctor about the procedure I had done earlier this morning....cryogenic surgery. My doc made a 1/8" incision in my heel and inserted a probe filled with liquid nitrogen at 70 degrees below zero. Using ultrasound---the same machine that ob/gyns use to look at developing fetuses--he guided the probe to contact the inflamed and irritated nerve. The extreme cold "burns" the sheath around the nerve, relieving the pressure and irritation. In theory, the sheath should regenerate in a healthy manner. The procedure was done in his office, using nothing but novacaine. It took about 1/2 an hour and hardly hurt at all. I drove home. Because it is so minimally invasive, my doc says I should be back on my feet within 48 hrs or so. I scheduled it for today (Friday) so that I would have a 3-day weekend to recuperate. Once the novacaine wears off I will have to hit the couch and pop a few Vicodin for a day or so. I didnt even need stitches, just a bandage. My sock looks like a used maxi-pad, but other than that there are really no harmful side effects....the worst thing that can happen is that it wont work, although my doc says it had an 80 to 90% success rate at relieving the pain. When I had full surgery on my other heel last year, I was off work for 8 weeks and wound up with a screw in my Achilles tendon. I like this new method a lot better.