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Stephan J. LaPointe, DPM, PhD, FACFAS

Plantar Fasciitis May Be a Consequence of Playing Basketball

Tuesday, 19 March 2024 00:00

Plantar fasciitis, a common ailment among basketball players, arises from the intense physical demands of the sport. The continuous running, abrupt stops, and sudden directional changes put immense pressure on the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that supports the arch of the foot. Repeated stress can lead to inflammation and micro-tears, causing excruciating heel pain. Players often find themselves grappling with the debilitating effects of this condition, hindering their on-court performance. Ignoring the initial signs can exacerbate the problem, making it imperative for basketball enthusiasts to prioritize preventative measures. Adequate warm-up routines, wearing proper footwear, and incorporating stretching exercises into the daily regimen can aid in reducing the risk of plantar fasciitis. If you have developed heel pain from playing basketball, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and treat plantar fasciitis.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with Dr. Stephan J. LaPointe from Georgia Foot & Ankle Specialists . Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe


Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.


Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Rome, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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