Fasciitis (heel pain) & Football
Plantar Fasciitis or heel pain affects the foot by causing heel, arch and
sole of the foot pain. This condition involves the painful
swelling of the fibrous sheath that runs across the length
of the foot. Termed as Plantar Fascia, this sheath extends
from the heel bone to the metatarsal bones effectively covering
the tiny muscles located at the sole of the feet. The Plantar
fascia is extremely helpful in activities like walking and
running. Once you ‘toe-off’, the Plantar Fascia
contracts, becoming a lever that helps the foot exert force
on the ground. Located on the arch of the foot, the Plantar
Fascia is one of the fundamental structures responsible for
The Plantar Fascia usually swells at the point
where it meets the heel bone. Footballers can suffer from
this condition due to over training or a sudden increase in
Plantar Fasciitis Signs
Although Plantar Fasciitis starts with pain
specifically in the inside of the heel, the pain typically
spreads and may be felt up to the inside of the sole of the
foot. The pain accompanies any physical activity and the heel pain will be worse
in the morning, especially when taking the first few steps
of the day.
A physician or a physiotherapist can diagnose the presence
of Plantar Fasciitis by checking if there is pain upon touching
the inside of the heel and/or upon pulling the toes up, a
procedure that stretches the Plantar Fascia. To confirm the
diagnosis, an ultrasound may be preformed in order to see
if the Plantar Fascia has developed a much thicker appearance.
In some instances, the heel pain may not respond to normal
treatment. In such cases, an x-ray may be necessary to check
for other conditions such as a bony spur on the heel bone
or the presence of a fracture.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
What you can do
Since Plantar Fasciitis primarily involves inflammation,
it can only be successfully treated when the cause of the
swelling is correctly determined and addressed. For individuals
who engage in a lot of football, the swelling is often due
to overuse. In this case, rest is extremely significant since
it will alleviate the strain in the Plantar Fascia and facilitate
healing of the affected tissues.
In some instances, a problem with the biomechanics
of the foot may be contributing to the symptoms of Plantar
Fasciitis. The findings typically show that the foot may ‘over
pronate’. This condition involves an excessive
rolling of the inner arch of the foot in activities like walking
and running. Such an instance will lead to increased stress
to the Achilles tendon which, according to recent studies,
will in turn cause more strain to the Plantar Fascia. The
use of an insole such as the Dr Foot Sports or Dr Foot Pro
Insoles that support the inner arch of the foot can help resolve
Any local inflammation or biomedical problem
can be addressed by conservative treatments like physiotherapy.
In this form of treatment, ice packs and doctor-prescribed
anti-inflammatory tablets may be used to manage pain of the
Plantar Fascia. Once the pain and swelling has subsided, the
patient must help the Plantar Fascia return to its original
alignment. This can be effectively done by pulling the toes
towards the shin and through other exercises that stretches
the Plantar Fascia.
Plantar Fasciitis may also be treated using
a procedure called, taping.
The application of the tape supports the Plantar Fascia and
effectively reduces strain which can worsen the condition.
In 95% of cases, conservative treatments are
able to address the swelling in Plantar Fasciitis. However,
an injection of a mixture of corticosteroid and local anaesthetic
may be helpful in instances where normal walking is already
greatly affected by heel pain. Upon receiving the injection,
the patient will be required to take a few days of rest. Gradual
return to normal activities may begin shortly after.
In the event that six months of conservative
treatment is unable to improve the conditions brought by Plantar
Fasciitis, surgery may be considered an option. Although past
surgical techniques were able to remove bony spurs from the
heel bone and even release the Plantar Fascia from the heel
bone itself, results are still fairly inconsistent. These
invasive surgeries also can cause complications ranging from
damage in the nerves to changes in the foot’s bio-mechanics.
Plantar Fasciitis Prevention
What you can do
Plantar Fasciitis is often linked to improper
footwear. Football shoes used should be able to give the foot
sufficient support. Use of inadequate footwear may increase
strain on the Plantar Fascia which can consequently lead to
pain and swelling.
To relieve stress on the plantar fascia, it
is ideal to use insoles that support the inner side of the
foot. These insoles
can also protect the foot from unnecessary pronation (foot
rolling over too much).
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