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.

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.

The Benefits of Plantar Fasciitis Night Splints

A few days ago we posted about plantar fasciitis, a condition that can cause pain on the bottom of the foot near the heel. One of the interesting things about this condition is that the pain is often worse in the morning. During sleep, the plantar fascia tightens up. When the patient steps out of bed in the morning, the pressure of body weight on this tightened ligament can make the pain particularly acute. Most of the time pain will decrease as the tissue warms up, though it can return if the ligament is overworked.

Luckily, there are a number of different plantar fasciitis night splints that help alleviate the pain that patients feel in the morning. These night splints help stretch the plantar fascia while you sleep.

Here are some recommended plantar fasciitis night splints:

P.S. These night splints can also help with Achilles tendonitis!

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. This condition occurs when the plantar fascia, the ligament that connects your heel bone to your toes, becomes inflamed or torn. Plantar fasciitis can make it difficult to walk and perform everyday activities.

Plantar fasciitis can be caused by:

  • Overuse – Athletes are prone to plantar fasciitis because of the added pressure they apply to the tendon from running and jumping.
  • Arthritis – Some types of arthritis can cause inflammation to develop in the tendons, especially among the elderly.
  • Wearing Incorrect Shoes – Some shoes do not fit properly or provide inadequate support. This can cause improper weight distribution as you walk, adding stress to the plantar fascia.
  • Other Foot Conditions – Other foot conditions such as flat foot or high arches can cause the foot to be overworked or stretched abnormally, resulting in inflammation.

Wearing a foot brace for plantar fasciitis can help provide support to the arch of your foot. If you feel pain in your foot, consult your doctor for the best treatment and make sure you’re wearing good shoes!