March Madness is well underway and interestingly, there are no perfect brackets left in the NCAA bracket tournament. Also, most of the favorite teams are still in such as Kentucky, Kansas, and Duke.
One common area that basketball players have trouble with are their feet, in fact, last year’s NBA MVP Kevin Durant may be out this season from his foot pain and the Oklahoma Thunder have little chance of winning the NBA Championships without him.
Advice On Heel Pain
Foot pain is disabling, especially heel pain. Plantar Fasciitis is one of the main causes of heel pain and deals with an inflamed plantar fascia band. It is very popular among athletes, especially runners. If you have plantar fasciitis, or are experiencing heel pain, it is time to visit us at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists and seek out treatment.
The best thing you can do right now is ice and rest your feet. Ice reduces the inflammation of the swollen plantar fascia band. Anti-inflammatory medication also help to decrease swelling and ease heel pain.
Another thing you should do is wear very comfortable footwear. The goal is to give your heel as much support and comfort as possible while it is healing.
Orthotics Will Change Your Life!
One sure method of treatment is prescription orthotics. They provide the maximum amount of support while walking and will prevent plantar fasciitis from returning. This we customize at our Sun City and Scottsdale locations. You can also use heel cups to relieve the discomfort of walking. Many of our patients are amazed and surprised at the difference of pain they feel after trying our orthotics.
Another popular treatment we use at our office is a cortisone injection, which will reduce the amount of pain you are experiencing. Multiple shots though are not recommended because it can weaken the plantar fascia band.
Dr. John Erotas and Dr. Michael Stegman are experts in relieving plantar fasciitis pain and have worked as practicing podiatrists for over 30 years. Plantar fasciitis can be treated but the sooner treatment is given, the easier it will be to alleviate your foot pain. Call 480-493-9000 and schedule your consultation now! Same and next day appointments are often available.
After heel pain disappears, it is important to change your lifestyle a little to make sure it does not return. For example, never wear worn out athletic shoes while exercising and you may want to throw in more low impact exercises into your exercise routine such as swimming or cycling.
Also, simple home exercises that stretch your calf muscles and arches prevent the muscle tightness that can lead to plantar fasciitis.
Book Your Consultation!
The American Foot and Ankle Specialists can help ease the heel pain you're experiencing and eliminate it's cause. Call 480-483-9000 and schedule your consultation now!
By Michael Stegman