Peyton Manning has a bunch of MVP trophies and a Super Bowl ring under his belt, but now he’s also got plantar fasciitis--also known as heel spur syndrome. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of a ligament that extends from the heel to the toes. The ligament becomes inflamed, which results in heel pain. According to reports, Manning’s ligament is not only inflamed, it’s actually partially torn: NOT good news for the aging player.
On the very afternoon when Manning earned the all-time passing record for the NFL, pain from his injury earned him a spot on the bench, yet Broncos coach Gary Kubiak is still hoping to start Manning against the Chicago Bears this weekend, assuming he’s healthy.
The good news is that plantar fasciitis responds well to non-surgical treatments: stretching exercises, medications, padding and strapping, orthotic devices, injection therapy, night splints, and physical therapy. The bad news is that playing football puts a lot of strain on the plantar fascia, making these treatments less likely to be effective.
Peyton Manning has had a long and phenomenal career in the NFL and I’d hate to see him felled by heel pain. For Peyton, and anyone else dealing with this type of injury, I urge early treatment and a close relationship with your podiatrist to prevent recurrences once you’ve found relief. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider today to find a treatment plan that works for you.