There are many times I see runners and other recreational athletes who come into my Houston podiatry office with heel pain and are relieved when I tell them they have plantar fasciitis. They don't really see it as an injury...certainly nothing serious enough to take a break to recover. Anyone who has felt like that should take a look at Joakim Noah, star of the Chicago Bulls, who is out with plantar fasciitis.
Noah first had a bout with plantar fasciitis, which causes pain and swelling in the heel and arch, in the 2010-2011 season. He played through the injury for a month before having to leave the game because of it. This time he is taking a more proactive approach and sitting out earlier to make sure he is able to control the injury and return to the game sooner.
Let's put this in perspective...Joakim Noah makes $11.3 million per season. That equates to over $137,000 per game. And yet he and his team see it is as a worthwhile investment for him to NOT PLAY until he is well. You need to keep that in mind when you are fighting to get through your run with the stabbing pain in your heel.
Plantar fasciitis is very common and is very treatable, usually without foot surgery. We start off with anti-inflammatory medication, stretching exercises, and insoles. Based on the results, there are many other treatments at our disposal. After the pain is controlled, we will consider a custom orthotic to prevent the heel pain from returning. One thing is clear...just what Joakim Noah has learned the hard way...that treating the condition early will make sure you are abl to return to your running and sports sooner.
If you have been feeling pain in your heel or arch, or have been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis in the past that never fully resolved, schedule an appointment to visit our Houston podiatry practice. Dr. Andrew Schneider will evaluate the source of your pain and discuss the best way to get you pain-free.