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Can Athletes Develop Plantar Fasciitis? Atlanta, GA
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“I’m active, healthy and routinely play sports. How can I have plantar fasciitis?” We hear this objection often at Ortho Sport & Spine Physicians. Plantar fasciitis is actually a common foot condition that affects many individuals, including athletes. It is a painful condition that occurs when the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes, becomes inflamed. This condition is often caused by overuse, and it can be especially prevalent in athletes who engage in activities that require a lot of running or jumping.

Athletics Can Be Hard On the Feet

Athletes are prone to developing plantar fasciitis due to the repetitive nature of their sports. The constant impact on the feet during training and competition can cause micro-tears in the plantar fascia, leading to inflammation and pain.

Athletes who participate in sports such as running, basketball, tennis and soccer are particularly susceptible to plantar fasciitis. These sports require a significant amount of running, jumping and sudden changes of direction, placing a lot of strain on the feet and causing repeated stress to the plantar fascia.

How Can I Prevent Plantar Fasciitis While Playing Sports?

As an athlete, it is important to take steps to prevent plantar fasciitis. Here are a few things you can do:

  1. Wear proper footwear: Make sure you wear shoes that fit well and provide adequate support. Avoid shoes that are worn out or do not fit properly.
  2. Stretch before and after exercise: Stretching can help prevent injuries by increasing flexibility and reducing muscle tension. Focus on stretching your calf muscles and the muscles in the bottom of your foot.
  3. Gradually increase your activity level: Do not push yourself too hard or too fast. Gradually increase your activity level to allow your body to adjust to the demands of your sport.
  4. Use ice and rest: If you experience pain or inflammation, use ice to reduce swelling and rest your feet as much as possible.
  5. Seek treatment: If you experience persistent pain or discomfort, seek treatment at Ortho Sport & Spine Physicians. Treatment options can include rest, massage, physical therapy, orthotics, anti-inflammatory medications or even injections.

Your Ortho Sports & Spine Physicians specialist will determine the best course of treatment for your plantar fasciitis based on its severity.

Plantar Fasciitis Relief for Athletes

Athletes can develop plantar fasciitis due to the repetitive nature of their sport. However, taking preventive measures can help reduce the risk of developing this painful condition. Make sure to wear proper footwear, stretch before and after exercise, gradually increase your activity level, use ice and rest and seek treatment if needed.

Ortho Sports & Spine Physicians has specialists who can help you heal and get back in the game as quickly as possible. We accept most major insurance plans, including Cigna, Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield and more. In some cases, we can file insurance claims with your health insurance provider on your behalf. Contact us today to schedule an exam and consultation.

Posted on behalf of Ortho Sport & Spine Physicians

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