Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Plantar fasciitis in NBA basketball player
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common foot conditions that we see in our practice. The plantar fascia is an important structural ligament of the foot. The plantar fascia's origin is the heel bone and inserts into the base of the toes.
Paul Gasol who is a professional basketball player for the LA Lakers has been suffering from plantar fasciitis for the past several months. Typical treatment for a high level professional athlete involves aggressive Physical therapy, foot tapings, NSAIDS, custom orthotics, cortisone injections, ice, and for chronic cases immobilization with a cam walker boot.
Paul Gasol suffered a greater injury to his plantar fascia at his most recent game and will now undergo a MRI to rule out a plantar fascial tear.
Plantar fascial tears are typically treated with a period of immobilization non-weightbearing in a cam walker boot or cast for 6-8 weeks.