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!

Ankle Braces for Running

Holly B. is an active professional in her late twenties who spends her free time playing recreational flag football and league basketball. She shares her experience with us as she explores the world of sports.

One of the things I enjoy with my friends is participating in various athletic activities, from flag football to ultimate frisbee or even a simple weekly “boot camp” where we run and workout together. We recently started doing the Warrior Dash each Spring, which is a 5k run that involves obstacles along the course.

One of my friends Fiona has had previous ankle sprains and other injuries to her left foot. The course we were on last year was relatively flat, so she decided to do the 5k without her ankle brace. As luck would have it, she didn’t encounter any trouble while running. But she did jump off one of the obstacles and her ankle gave out as it hit the ground. Doh!

Her biggest regret after that incident was that she wasn’t wearing her ankle brace. She didn’t think the flat course would cause her any issues so she had decided to go without. I knew exactly how she felt because I did the same thing several months before when I didn’t wear my knee brace during flag football. One thing I realize now is that during any physical activity, you never know what you might encounter. You could step on uneven ground, slip over rocks or even just turn your leg in a way that causes unnatural movement. Any of these things can cause strain, sprains or ligament tears.

BetterBraces.com offers several running ankle braces that are ideal for protecting the ankles during physical activities. Fiona’s concern was probably that the ankle brace would feel restrictive or inhibit movement while she climbed the obstacles. These ankle braces are designed for maximum comfort and protection:

Aircast A60 Ankle Brace – stabilizes the ankle at its weakest point to help prevent ankle sprains and other injuries. It’s perfect for runners because it’s comfortable to wear even in your regular shoes.

Aircast Airheel Ankle Brace – helps support the arch of the foot and minimizes ankle strain and plantar fasciitis from physical activities.

DonJoy Double Strap Ankle Wrap – provides low profile and non-bulky ankle support, arch support and gentle compressive stabilization while running.

Check these ankle supports out today and keep your joints healthy while you have fun!

The Aircast Airheel for Heel Pain & Plantar Fasciitis Relief

Our feet are susceptible to pain because of all the stress we put on them on a daily basis. They carry our body’s weight and are heavily involved in everyday movement, and even more so for those who participate in sports.

Heel pain and plantar fasciitis are two common conditions that cause discomfort in the foot. Thankfully, there are ankle and foot braces that are designed to help alleviate the pain from these types of disorders. One of the best-selling ankle supports for this is the Aircast Airheel Ankle Brace. It offers pulsating compression along the heel and under the arch of the foot. This compression gently massages the achy areas, to bring pain relief for plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis and other forms of foot and heel pain.

Watch this video to learn more about the Aircast Airheel:

Aircast Airheel for Plantar Fasciitis

Antonio Gates on the Road to Beating Plantar Fasciitis

When Antonio Gates of the San Diego Chargers tore his plantar fascia last year, sports enthusiasts questioned whether his career had reached its peak. Even after the tear healed, he was plagued by reoccurring plantar fasciitis all through the 2010-2011 season and through the start of this year.

It’s clear that Antonio Gates is coming out of his shell again, despite the Chargers’ 45-38 loss against the Packers. He received 8 passes for 96 yards and scored a touchdown in Sunday’s game. There was no indication that he was letting his plantar fasciitis bother him at all.

If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, here are some things you can do to help treat and minimize the pain:

  • Rest and ice the area and stop performing the activities that cause pain.
  • Use anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin to reduce pain and swelling.
  • Wear a foot brace during the day, such as the Aircast Airheel which supports the bottom of the foot and enhances circulation.
  • Wear a plantar fasciitis night splint during the night, which helps stretch the plantar fascia while you sleep and reduces pain in the morning. (Note, you can also get a plantar fasciitis kit which contains both the Airheel and Aircast Dorsal Night Splint.)
  • If your doctor recommends it, go to physical therapy to strengthen and stretch the plantar fascia.

It looks like the rest and rehabilitation that Antonio Gates has been putting toward his foot is finally starting to pay off. Check with your doctor for the appropriate treatment for your condition, and don’t let plantar fasciitis hold you back from doing the activities that you enjoy!

Treatment for Achilles Tendonitis

A few days ago we posted about Achilles tendon injuries in football. One of the most common injuries in that area of the body is Achilles tendonitis, which is inflammation of the tendon. When the Achilles tendon is used frequently (such as in football and other sports), this can cause wear and tear. People with Achilles tendonitis tend to experience pain and swelling in their heel and lower calf, which can get worse with more physical activity.

Here are some ways you can help treat Achilles Tendonitis:

  • Take a break from physical activities. If possible switch from high-impact activities, such as running, to low-impact activities such as biking and swimming. Rest if you find that pain increases.
  • Ice the inflamed area. Applying cold therapy can help reduce swelling and pain.
  • Stretch the area. Consult a doctor or physical therapist for proper stretches and exercise for your Achilles tendon.