Plantar Fasciitis (aka heel pain) is one of the most common foot injuries...common in all level of athletes. Well America, you have good company. In 2008, Super Bowl XLII MVP Eli Manning of the New York Giants had a MRI confirming the diagnosis in the past.
Plantar fasciitis, what Eli suffered from, is an inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament where it attaches to the heel bone. The pain is usually a sharp, stabbing pain when you first get up in the morning and after sitting for a period of time. It is very treatable with conservative measures. In fact, surgery is rarely needed. Anti-inflammatory medication, ice, night splints are all great first line treatments for heel pain.
Once you get plantar fasciitis under control, it may come back. To prevent that from happening, you should invest in custom orthotics. An orthotic mechanically balances the feet and lower extremity to manage the excess pulling that causes the inflammation.
So sitting out on a big game may have be the best treatment for Eli if he wasn’t 100% better. If you have any pain in your heel, don't wait- be like Eli, identify the problem, treat it quickly and aggressively, so you don't have much down time at all.
If you are suffering from heel pain and want to get back into the game, call 309-661-9975 and make an appointment, Dr. Lockwood will be more than happy to chat about the latest game with you!