Poor Pujols. The Los Angeles Angels player Albert Pujols, is likely done for the season after tearing his plantar fascia in Friday night’s game against Oakland. Anyone tracking his history knows that Pujols has been coping with plantar fasciitis in his left foot for seven years, showing just how detrimental and serious this condition is, particularly for an athlete. Angels’ Manager Mike Scioscia said that Pujols, who hit .258 with 17 home runs and 64 RBI’s despite being hobbled all season by the troublesome foot, will be out “for a significant amount of time.”
“I’m dying. It’s hurting real bad.” Pujols suffers intensely from his plantar fasciitis, and has been considering off season surgery. However, after Friday’s game that ended with him tearing his ligament, he’ll need to schedule that surgery much, much sooner.
“Pujols is a prime example of what I see in my practice on a regular basis. I see a few patients per week with plantar fasciitis, and countless patients have told me that they forgo coming in thinking that heel pain isn’t a big deal.” says Anthony Weinert, a podiatrist practicing in Troy and Warren, MI “They just tolerate the pain, thinking it will pass, and try to get by. Unfortunately, it tends to get much worse, and can wind up much like Pujols case.”
Plantar fasciitis is the term commonly used to refer to heel and arch pain traced to an inflammation on the bottom of the foot. More specifically, plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the connective tissue, called plantar fascia, that stretches from the base of the toes, across the arch of the foot, to the point at which it inserts into the heel bone. Overpronation is the most common cause of plantar fasciitis. As the foot rolls inward excessively when walking, it flattens the foot, lengthens the arch, and puts added tension on the plantar fascia. Over time, this causes inflammation.
Also known as heel spur syndrome, the condition is often successfully treated with conservative measures, such as the use of anti-inflammatory medications, ice packs, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, and physical therapy. Note: Please consult your physician before taking any medications. In persistent cases, Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT) may be used to treat the heel pain.
As we’ve said in our blog before – don’t play through the pain, not only because it could be indicative of a more serious injury, but also because it’s a sign of aggravation to an existing condition. If you believe you have or are diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, it’s essential that you see your podiatrist regularly and follow recovery protocol to the letter. If it’s not yet evident by Pujols’ continued problems, plantar fasciitis is extremely difficult to treat in some cases, and warrants monitoring.
If you’re experiencing foot pain, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Weinert as soon as possible. You can contact Weinert’s Warren office at 586-751-3338 or his Troy office at 248-362-3338. In addition you can visit Dr. Weinert on his office website at http://www.stopfeetpainfast.com where you can request a free copy of his book Stop Feet Pain Fast.