Clayton Kershaw's Heel: Royal Pain
After jumping with pain while running to first base in a game a few weeks ago, Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers Major League team received the bad news that he was suffering from plantar fasciitis in his left heel. The news could be potentially hazardous to his game as well as the team’s season.
Plantar fasciitis can be successfully treated, especially if the condition is caught early enough. However, it will be critical for Kershaw to listen to the warning signs of heel pain and have that be the deciding factor of whether he should continue to play this season.
Continuing to participate in a high paced sport like baseball while experiencing heel pain associated with plantar fasciitis will only make the pain and the inflammation of the tendon worse. Seeking medical attention before resuming physical activity is in your best interest to protect your foot health.
Dr. Harvey Danciger is professionally trained to help treat your plantar fasciitis heel pain. He can evaluate the condition of your feet and recommend the right treatment to alleviate your pain. Depending on the severity of your condition, common treatment options that his office can provide and recommend include:
- Orthotic inserts. Custom orthotic devices can be made to the shape of your foot and will help prevent heel pain and plantar fascia inflammation from occurring.
- Medication. If you’re experiencing chronic heel pain, pain medication can be prescribed as well as anti-inflammatory medication.
- Physical therapy. Exercises that stretch the plantar fascia can help strengthen and stabilize your ankle and heel.
- Night splints. Splints that are worn at night may be recommended to stretch the calf and arch of your foot while you sleep to prevent overpronation.
If you’ve been suffering from heel pain, don’t ignore it! Contact our office to set up an appointment with Dr. Danciger right away to help treat your pain so you can return to the field without heel pain.
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