Foot Pain After Sports? It Could Be Plantar Fasciitis

When you think of injuries during sports, people commonly think of conditions such as ankle sprains and ACL tears. However, there’s one type of injury that often affects athletes that is more common than people realize.

Behind closed doors, many athletes suffer from plantar fasciitis. This includes notable athletes such as Kobe Bryant and Pete Sampras.

What is plantar fasciitis?

In your foot, there’s a fibrous piece of tissue known as the plantar fascia that goes between the heel to the toes. When this band of tissue becomes inflamed, it causes pain in the foot. The condition is therefore called plantar fasciitis. It can occur in all types of patients, which is why it’s not known as a “sports injury”.  Since an athlete is naturally more active, he or she may stress the areas around the foot and lead to inflammation.

Here are two forms of pain relief that we recommend at BetterBraces (and you’ll want to check in with your doctor to make sure these forms of treatment are appropriate for your situation):

  • Wear a brace for plantar fasciitis when participating in sports. This can help reduce the stress on the foot and may relieve or prevent pain so you can keep playing.
  • Wear a plantar fasciitis night splint when you sleep. Plantar fasciitis night splints help with pain by keeping the plantar fascia stretched out overnight. (Typically the worst pain from plantar fasciitis occurs in the morning after waking up… night splints can help relieve this pain.)

If you’re experiencing foot pain after sports, you may want to check in with your doctor to see if it could be plantar fasciitis!

Basketball Plantar Fasciitis? It’s the real deal.

The typical response when you mention “plantar fasciitis” to a basketball player is… “huh?” However, that may not be the case anymore after Spain’s Olympic basketball star Juan Carlos Navarro had to miss some games due to the condition.

Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the tissue on the bottom of the foot that connects the heel bone to the toes. This tissue creates the arch of the foot and is known as the plantar fascia. When the plantar fascia becomes irritated from overuse it can cause pain and discomfort.

Because basketball involves so much running and foot movement, plantar fasciitis can actually be quite common amongst basketball players. Some athletes wear ankle or foot braces that treat plantar fasciitis, such as the Aircast Airheel Ankle Brace. It gives extra support under the arch and has special aircells that inflate and deflate as you walk to gently massage key areas of the foot.

So if you’re an athlete and start experiencing pain at the heel or bottom of the foot, check with your doctor to see if it may be plantar fasciitis. Then check out braces and supports for plantar fasciitis!

What are Heel Spurs?

Many people have heard of heel spurs but don’t know exactly what they are. A heel spur is a pointy bone growth that can occur from the heel bone. This often results in pain and tenderness in the bottom of the foot and the heel. Because these symptoms are similar to plantar fasciitis, patients may sometimes misdiagnose their condition. Be sure to check with your doctor if you experience prolonged heel pain.

Some ways that a doctor may suggest you treat heel spurs include:

  • Avoiding activities that increase heel pain
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin
  • Applying ice or other types of cold therapy
  • Wearing heel cups or other forms of heel pain support that cushion the heel as you walk, such as DonJoy Silicone Heel Cups
  • Replacing worn out shoes
  • Wearing orthotic shoes
  • Participating in physical therapy

Be sure to check with your doctor to determine the appropriate treatment for your condition, and you’ll be well on your way to beating pain from heel spurs!

What is the Difference Between Flat Foot and Cavus Foot?

As its name describes, flat foot (also known as posterior tibial tendon dysfunction or PTTD) is when the arches of your feet are very low. This can cause pain when standing for long periods of time and can even make your feet tire easily. Cavus foot is the exact opposite of flat foot. It’s a condition where the arches of your feet are higher than normal. It’s also known as high foot arches, subtle cavus foot or pes cavus. Like flat foot, high arches can cause a number of issues, including pain when standing or walking. It’s one of the major culprits behind arch pain.

Normally individuals with cavus foot are born with the condition. Flat foot may be hereditary, or it can be acquired as an adult. Adult-acquired flat foot is usually a result of overuse or injury to the posterior tibial tendon, which is a structure that helps form the arch of the foot. However, flat foot can also be an effect of obesity, diabetes or hypertension.

If you suspect you have high arches or flat foot, consult your doctor to determine if you need treatment. Some patients do not experience pain, so treatment may not be necessary. However, if you have pain in your feet or lower back, your doctor may suggest shoe insoles or orthotics.

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When you experience an ankle sprain or broken ankle, a good medical walking boot is key to your recovery. They help protect your foot from further injury and allow you to walk and go about your daily activities. That’s why we recommend the Aircast XP Walking Brace.

The Aircast XP has a semi-rigid shell that protects the injured area the same way a cast does, without feeling as constricting. It’s a lot lighter than other walking boots, plus it’s low profile so you can walk with a natural gait. The bottom line is that it’s much more comfortable than other walking braces. What really makes the Aircast XP stand apart is its aircell support. These aircells support your ankle and provide compression to help reduce swelling and promote healing.

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