Peyton Manning, quarterback for the Denver Broncos, suffers from chronic plantar fasciitis and a torn plantar fascia in his left foot.  The injury occurred during the November 8th loss against the Indianapolis Colts.

The plantar fascia is a ligament-like band running from your heel to the ball of your foot.  This band pulls on the heel bone, raising the arch of your foot as it pushes off the ground.  If your foot moves incorrectly, the plantar fascia band may become strained allowing it to swell and its tiny fibers to fray, resulting in plantar fasciitis, commonly referred to as heel pain.

Plantar FasciitisWith plantar fasciitis, the bottom of your foot may hurt when you stand, especially first thing in the morning.  Pain typically occurs on the inside of the foot, near the spot where your heel and arch meet. Pain may lessen after a few steps, but comes back after rest or with prolonged movement. A torn plantar fascia is accompanied by a sharp, ripping pain on the bottom of your foot. Swelling and bruising can also occur.

The good news is a plantar fascia tear typically heals on its own.  The overall treatment plan involves keeping the arch and foot at rest, with the aide of a boot and splints, allowing the tissue to reconstruct.  Healing typically takes 12 or more weeks and returning to high level activities, such as football, may require several months.

If you suffer from chronic plantar fasciitis, Carmel Foot Specialists can get you back in the game! Call today 704-542-8253 to schedule a consultation.