Tuesday, 10 June 2014 00:00

Plantar Fasciitis Ends Baseball Player’s Season Early

Kevin Youkilis is an American baseball player who went international as he was to play with the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan. However, after struggling with chronic plantar fasciitis, Youkilis had to cut his time short and make an early leave. Youkilis was signed a deal to play a full season, but as the pain and symptoms progressed Youkilis decided to focus on treating his condition rather than enduring it.

 "It was definitely a unique experience," Youkilis said when it comes to his short Japanese career. "It was fun being in a different culture, learning a new language.” Youkilis returned to the U.S.A to make a guest appearance for the Red Sox’s 2004 anniversary celebration in Fenway Park. 

Plantar fasciitis can end an athletic career early if left untreated. If you have pain in  your heels, visit podiatrist Dr. Alfred Sanginario of Active Foot Care. Dr. Sanginariocan treat your heel pain and see if you have plantar fasciitis.  

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis refers to heel and arch pain caused by an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Ill-fitting shoes
  • Weight change
  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices. 
  • Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience.  Requires multiple sessions.  This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis. 
  • Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia.  This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.

New Studies on Treatment

According to groundbreaking treatment option studies, Luca M. Sconfienza, M.D. says that ultrasound with steroid injections was effective in over 95% of cases that involve plantar fasciitis. This process involves anesthesia and is a single process, out-patient treatment that was discovered to be highly effective. Luca M. Sconfienza M.D. presented her study at an annual meeting for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Be sure to speak with your podiatrist about different methods that can be used, as well as finding out what treatment options they offer.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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