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With the NBA play-offs in full spin, many fans are watching every moment and hoping their teams stay healthy until the end. However, with intense games comes injuries, and most teams are feeling the heat of having some of their best players on the bench. The Brooklyn Nets have been closely watching Joe Johnson, who has been battling plantar fasciitis since February.

Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain occurring in people of all ages and activity levels. The plantar fascia is a band of thick tissue on the bottom of the foot that supports the arch, which starts at the back of the heel, and fans out toward the toes. The condition arises due to inflammation of the fascia, and is aggravated by a variety of factors including tight calf muscles, obesity, improper shoe gear, and in Johnson’s case, long periods of intense activity on hard surfaces. This aggravation can cause pain and swelling to the area and can be quite debilitating for some people.

After missing five games earlier this season, Johnson has been icing his foot in hopes it will not hold him back from play-off opportunities. Johnson explains that he has his good days and bad days, and sometimes the pain lingers here and there. Despite receiving injections into the heel to help with the pain before the start of the games, he has struggled on the court lately. Plantar Fasciitis can be difficult to treat, and resting the injury is only one part of what is usually a multi-treatment recovery period. Hopefully he can receive the rest and further treatment he needs now that the Nets’ playoff season is over.

Heel pain is a very common condition that many adults endure. It is ALWAYS better to treat this immediately as it get more difficult to treat if left undiagnosed or self-treated.  If you experience heel pain be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Purdy at The Foot Clinic!

Dr. Purdy, DPM

 

Heel pain is a common complaint that we receive here at The Foot Clinic in New Iberia and there are many causes of it; in fact there are entire books dedicated just to heel pain. In this post we are going to try and focus on some of the more common causes of heel pain and treatments for them.  

By far, the most common cause of heel pain is a condition called plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation in a ligament type band of tissue called the plantar fascia.  This ligament connects to your heel bone on the bottom of your foot. Symptoms of plantar fasciitis include sharp stabbing pain on the bottom of your foot with the first few steps in the morning, rising from a seated position, or after long periods of standing. Treatment for plantar fasciitis is conservative and may involve non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication as well as a number of other treatments. Only severe cases that do not respond to conservative treatment require surgery.

Another common cause of heel pain is Achilles tendinitis. Common symptoms are pain in the back of the leg or heel that can occur at any time. It can occur when a new activity or routine is started and proper stretching is not performed or the activity is too strenuous.   The treatment is similar to plantar fasciitis in that multiple conservative therapies are needed.   Runners may also want to look at their shoes and if they are worn down or old.

Almost everyone has heard of carpal tunnel that occurs in the wrist.  There is a condition in the ankle called tarsal tunnel which is the ugly cousin of the nerve condition in the wrist.  Often times this will mimic heel pain of another type and can be missed by even a skilled physician.  There are other conditions that cause heel pain, and that is why it is important to go to a foot specialist to be diagnosed if you are experiencing any type of heel pain.

Although heel pain is common, no one should accept pain when walking.  Getting diagnosed and treated immediately almost always shortens the recovery period.  Set up an appointment to see Dr. Purdy at The Foot Clinic in New Iberia to get you back on your feet, pain free, in the shortest amount of time possible.

Jon Purdy, DPM

 

Pau Gasol, forward for the LA Lakers, will be out for the next six to eight weeks after tearing his plantar fascia in a win against the Brooklyn Nets. Gasol has been suffering from plantar fasciitis for the entire season but Tuesday night’s game proved to be a challenge for Gasol. Gasol noticed that something was different during the first half and by the second half, his plantar fascia was really hurting him.  During the last few minutes of the game, Gasol claims that he felt a pop in his foot while blocking a shot and with three minutes and fifty seconds left in the game, Gasol asked to go to the locker room with the team medic.

Plantar Fasciitis, otherwise known as heel pain, is a very serious condition that affects many people and if not treated properly as in Gasol’s case, could lead to a tear of the Plantar Fascia. The Plantar Fascia is a band of tissue on the bottom of your foot that helps to maintain the arch of your foot. People who work on their feet a lot or athletes who do a lot of running can develop an overuse injury called Plantar Fasciitis. One of the tell-tale signs of Plantar Fasciitis is pain on the bottom of your heel and becomes worse with the first few steps you take when you wake up in the morning.

If you are experiencing symptoms of heel pain, you should get to your local New Iberia Podiatrist to check it out. Plantar Fasciitis can usually be treated conservatively with custom made orthotics and some anti-inflammatory medications. Surgery is usually a last resort option when conservative measures fail. Minor tears of the plantar fascia will initially be treated conservatively. More severe tears or minor tears that don’t respond to conservative injuries will usually require surgery.

Gasol isn’t going to let this injury keep him down, the LA Lakers forward tweeted “I am hoping to recover ASAP so I can be back with the team and keep fighting.” We here at The Foot Clinic in New Iberia wish Pau Gasol a speedy recovery so that he can return to the courts with the LA Lakers. If you or a loved one is also experiencing symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis or any other common foot injuries, make an appointment and we will help you get back on your feet!

Jon Purdy, DPM



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