When Plantar Fasciitis goes bad

February 11, 2013
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Now that the Super Bowl is over, the majority of the sports world turns its attention to basketball.  The NBA is at about its midpoint of the season.  Although Lebron James has his Miami Heat and Kevin Durant has his Oklahoma City Thunder high in the standings as predicted, there have been a couple of surprises this year.

The Los Angeles Lakers have a long history of success, and they had seemly put themselves into championship contention by acquiring Dwight Howard and Steve Nash this past off season to play with all-stars Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol.  Many analysts had the Lakers going to the NBA finals.  However, things have not gone as planned for them so far this season.  The new players have struggled to mesh with the existing players on the team.

To make matters worse, Gasol has recently suffered a foot injury that will sideline him for 4-6 weeks.  Gasol had been suffering from plantar fasciitis, or inflammation of the plantar fascia, on and off over his career.  The plantar fascia is thick, fibrous ligament of the foot that runs from the heel bone on the sole of the foot to the ball of the foot.  It gives structural support to the foot.  If the ligament is over stressed, pain will be felt if the heel bone is palpated on the sole of the foot, or the inside of the heel bone.  The pain is the worst on first step of the day, or the first step after sitting for prolonged amount of time.  If not adequately treated, this can progress to a tear of the ligament, which is what happened to Pau Gasol.  This is the one of the most common causes of heel pain.

At Advanced Foot Care Centers, we are experts at treating plantar fasciitis.  We aim to keep your feet in great condition.  Call for an appointment at any of our locations in the greater Chattanooga area with Dr Clair Bello, including locations in Hixson and Fort Oglethorpe.

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