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The year didn’t end so good for the basketball player Pau Gasol. Unfortunately, the Los Angeles Lakers forward has plantar fasciitis in his right foot. The diagnosis of his foot condition came right after returning from an eight game absence. He was off the court dealing with tendinitis in both of his knees.
However, even with a diagnosis of plantar fasciitis Gasol will continue to play basketball. Is it a good idea to keep on your feet while dealing with this foot condition? Will repeatedly adding pressure to the foot make it worse? Dr. Marco Vargas, of Foot & Ankle Associates, has experience in treating plantar fasciitis and recommends seeking treatment.
What happens is that the thick tissue on the bottom of your foot, called plantar fascia, becomes inflamed. It is also the tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes. Plantar fasciitis frequently appears in athletes because of repeated stretching and pressure put on the foot.
You may experience symptoms of pain and stiffness in your feet. Pain can be intense and feel like a stabbing sensation in the heel of your foot. Plantar fasciitis can also develop gradually and is usually worse during the first steps of the morning. Standing or sitting for long amounts of time can also cause inflammation and pain to occur. As for a person in Gasol’s position, pain can happen after intense physical activity.
If you are struggling with plantar fasciitis, it’s important to rest the foot. Treatment options such as medication, therapy and orthotics can also help with pain relief. Many times conservative options help plantar fasciitis, but sometimes surgery is necessary. You will want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Vargas to determine the course of treatment for plantar fasciitis.
For more information about plantar fasciitis, visit our website. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Vargas, call our Sugar Land office at (281) 313-0090. You can also schedule an appointment online at our website.