Plantar fasciitis is the leading cause of heel and arch pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that attaches to the heel bone and courses through the arch. It is responsible for the support of the foot. When the ligament is under stress, the attachment of the plantar fascia to the heel bone becomes inflamed and painful. Many people feel pain with the first steps in the morning and after periods of sitting. More pronounced injuries can progress throughout the day. Continued tension on the heel bone can even cause a heel spur to form, a bony deposit on the bottom of the heel bone.
When the pain begins suddenly, as it did with Curry, the injury may be beyond simply an inflammation. In his case, with the foot injured during the game, there may well be a tear in the plantar fascia ligament. This could explain the severe level of pain he experience. Because a ligament is soft tissue, an injury will not show up on an x-ray. I suspect he will have an MRI done shortly to check the soft tissue more thoroughly.
If heel pain causes a professional basketball player to leave the game, you can imagine how serious it can become. Even so, in the Houston podiatry offices of Foot & Ankle Institute of Texas, we see patients who wait weeks or months to have their foot examined for the cause of the pain they expect to go away on its own. The sooner your foot is examined and treatment begun, the quicker you will recover and return to the activities that you love.
Contact the Foot & Ankle Institute of Texas for an appointment to have your foot pain evaluated. We have advanced therapy at our disposal to give you the best care in the City of Houston.