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While plantar fasciitis is the chronic inflammation of the plantar fascia, a plantar fascial tear most often results from a traumatic injury. Such is the case with LA Laker’s star player, Pau Gasol, who recently suffered a torn plantar fascia in a game against the Nets.  Unfortunately for him, and the Lakers, a torn plantar fascia is a serious injury that takes months of non-weight bearing recovery.

What is the difference between fasciitis and a tear?
  •  Plantar Fasciitis usually involves inflammation with pain, swelling, and stiffness. The pain is usually felt in the morning and can lessen throughout the day with movement.
  • With a fascial tear, motion often increases pain and after the tear heals, it might turn into chronic inflammation in the form of plantar fasciitis.

What is the recovery process for a torn fascia?

  • The typical recovery time is 7-12 weeks
  • The torn fascia is usually treated for 1-3 weeks in a non-weight bearing boot or cast.
  • Depending on the severity of the tear, some surgical care might be necessary
  • Unfortunately, it is most likely that this injury will result in the chronic form of heel pain: Plantar Fasciitis.

    What kind of prevention is there for this injury:
    • Make sure to stretch and warm up the surrounding muscles before preforming an activity.
    • Doing calf raises will not only strengthen the calf muscle, it will help to stretch out the plantar fascia.
    • Increasing mileage or intensity of training should be done gradually.
    • Maintain flexibility of the ankle, calf, hamstring, and hip abductor    Custom orthotics will give your feet the support often lacking in athletic shoes.
    • After activity, be sure to stretch and ice the fascia to reduce swelling.
    If you are suffering from any sort of heel or foot pain, contact us

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