The arch ligament extending from the heel to the front of the foot is called the plantar fascia. When the fascia becomes strained, inflamed or ruptured the condition is called plantar fasciitis and it needs to be treated early on for a quick recovery.
The plantar fascia stretches with every step, however, excessive running or jumping and repetitive strain on the tissue can lead to a tear or inflammation of the plantar fascia. How an athlete uses his feet can also be a factor, if they pronate or have an atypical gait the fascia can become overburdened resulting in a tear or inflammation.
The symptoms of plantar fasciitis are noted as a sudden pain or tenderness on the sole, or arch of the foot. If a lump appears this may indicate a rupture.
Plantar fasciitis is most noticeable in the morning. After a night’s rest, the plantar fascia tightens up causing the pain to decrease. When pressure is placed on the ligament after getting out of bed the ligament become taut and the pain is very intense. The pain may decrease as the tissue becomes more loosened, but then can return after long periods of physical activity.
An athlete needs to rest the affected foot, and use crutches to take weight off the foot. Ice therapy will be necessary to help reduce swelling and visiting an Orthopedic Physical therapy in Downer’s Grove for rehabilitation exercises and treatment would be advisable if the athlete plans to return to the game.
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