Many people who play pickleball love to win. They may work hard at perfecting their sport and unfortunately, their feet may pay the price. The heel of the foot is commonly affected in pickleball players, which may be indicative of plantar fasciitis or a heel spur. The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that connects the heel to the toes and is found on the bottom of the foot. The plantar fascia may become torn and inflamed from consistently pushing off on the ball of the foot resulting in inflammation. Pickleball is a high-impact sport, and plantar fasciitis is often seen in pickleball players. It can be beneficial to wear shoes that fit correctly and to ensure there is adequate cushioning in the heel area. Additionally, players may choose to wear custom-made orthotics, which may be effective in reducing heel pain. If you have tried these simple measures and still have foot pain, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can determine the exact cause and offer you various prevention techniques.
Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists from Palm Beach Foot & Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
- Excessive running
- Non-supportive shoes
- Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia
How Can It Be Treated?
- Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
- Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
- Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel
While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, and West Palm Beach, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.