Eli Manning Plantar Fasciitis Spotlights The Disease

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On Monday, October 5th, Eli Manning the New York Giants quarterback was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. He sustained the injury during the Giants’ victory in Kansas City on Sunday with a score of 27-16, writes the New York Times. Luckily, Manning can still play as long as he can stand the pain.

Plantar fasciitis is a painful inflammation of a band of tissue called the plantar fascia. It goes across the bottom of the foot and connects to the Achilles tendon and the toes. Generally, it feels like a stabbing pain in the heel and sometimes up to the toes with the first steps in the morning. After a few steps, the pain lets up. However, the pain can return with long periods of standing or when one stands up from a seated position.

Plantar fasciitis is common in runners, pregnant women, obesity, those who wear shoes with inadequate support and certain types of exercise. Also, those who are flat footed, have a high arch, or have an abnormal pattern of walking may be at a higher risk for developing planter fasciitis, writes Mayoclinic.com. Certain occupations puts one at risk for plantar fasciitis such as factory workers, teachers, waitresses, nurses and those that require long periods of standing. Improper shoes may also put one at a higher risk of plantar fasciitis.

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It is important not to ignore the signs and symptoms of plantar fasciitis as it can cause chronic problems with feet, knees, hips, or the back. This can render a person unable to do many activities they once did.

Plantar fasciitis is usually diagnosed with an x-ray or an MRI. The good news about plantar fasciitis is that 90% will heal within a few months. Some of the common treatments include ibuprofen or anti-inflammatories to reduce inflammation. Staying off one’s feet for several days as much as possible when a flare up occurs is important in order for healing to take place.

Physical therapy may be ordered so that the patient can learn exercises and also learn to tape the foot for arch support. A night splint may be indicated for some with plantar fasciitis. This holds the plantar fascia and the Achilles tendon stretched so that the feet do not hurt when walking the next day. Orthotics may also be indicated for some. In severe cases, surgery may be needed.

Home remedies are excellent ways to treat plantar fasciitis, such as putting feet up, icing the foot, and decreasing the miles one runs or walks. No aerobics or low impact aerobics are important. Sometimes when the feet feel better, then return to regular exercise routines can begin. However, sometimes plantar fasciitis recurs, so it is valuable to have good arch supports in your shoes. Keeping a healthy weight is important as obesity makes plantar fasciitis more difficult to control. Avoiding high heels is important for foot comfort and avoiding going barefoot will help with prevention.

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